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Old 2nd Apr 2008, 8:40   #1
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Default Book 52: ANIL'S GHOST by Michael Ondaatje

Open for discussion...

I finished it last night but feel pretty flat about the whole novel.
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Default Re: Book 52: ANIL'S GHOST by Michael Ondaatje

I started it the other day but didn't really feel in the mood. Will try to get back to it during the month.

Was this your first Ondaatje, Col?
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Default Re: Book 52: ANIL'S GHOST by Michael Ondaatje

I've read about 3/4 of The English Patient before now. I enjoyed that but it was a bad time for reading several years ago: I hardly read anything for months so it wasn't the book's fault that I stopped.
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Default Re: Book 52: ANIL'S GHOST by Michael Ondaatje

I started it last night; the first few pages are pretty good! This is my first Ondaatje although I've seen the film of The English Patient.
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Default Re: Book 52: ANIL'S GHOST by Michael Ondaatje

I loved this when I first read it, but the only thing I remember about it is that it is set in Sri Lanka, and is about an archaeologist or anthropologist.

This doesn't bode well for my memory, since the edition I had only came out 6 or 7 years ago. Anyway, my reading taste has changed since I was 20, so I will try to get hold of a copy and re-read it.
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Default Re: Book 52: ANIL'S GHOST by Michael Ondaatje

How long does one have to read the book for this group? I've read Ondaatje before (The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and Coming Through Slaughter -- in other words, the really short ones) and I'm interested in coming back to him. However, if I stick to my current reading schedule, I won't get to Anil's Ghost for a while.
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Default Re: Book 52: ANIL'S GHOST by Michael Ondaatje

That doesn't matter, bill. Most of the discussion usually occurs within the first couple weeks, but I love to see them opened up again later with a new post.

These monthly book reads are my favourite part of this site, but I'm a little behind with this one.
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Default Re: Book 52: ANIL'S GHOST by Michael Ondaatje

Very well, then. Even so, maybe I'll try to squeeze it in anyway...
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Default Re: Book 52: ANIL'S GHOST by Michael Ondaatje

That would be even better!
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Default Re: Book 52: ANIL'S GHOST by Michael Ondaatje

Echoing what Ang said, bill. The threads stay open like any other, and any contribution made at any point can reinvigorate discussion, so all contributions are welcome as and when they're ready. I'll possibly put something of my impressions down tomorrow. I think I have the autobiographical Ondaatje book (is that the Coming Through Slaughter one or the one about Lions?) on a shelf, still to be read. Perhaps it will make good reading accompaniment for this book.
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