In the late 1970s Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. As he records his journey through the drug-like heat and intoxicating fragrances of that "pendant off the ear of India, " Ondaatje simultaneously retraces the baroque mythology of his Dutch-Ceylonese family. An inspired travel narrative and family memoir by an exceptional writer.
In the late 1970s Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka.
Author: Michael Ondaatje
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Thesis (M.A.) from the year 2009 in the subject English - Literature, Works, printed single-sided, grade: 1.5, University of Bern (Institut f r Englische Sprachen und Literaturen), course: Problems of Intermdiality in Canadian Literature, language: English, abstract: In my paper I shall explore the various functions and connotations of the coast/the beach in Charles Simmons' Salt Water and Iris Murdoch's The Sea, the Sea and substantiate my thesis by scrutinising these works of fiction- the paper's analysis is predominately based on text imminent examinations and their extrapolations- and assess their importance on grounds of the represented relationship between space and identity negotiations in re to the two opposing forces of sexual awakening on the one, and death and detrimental deterioration on the other hand. As the dramatic first sentence in Charles Simmons' Salt Water illustrates, "In the summer of 1969, I fell in love and my father drowned" (13), these two entities are intimately intertwined. Additionally, the beach figures as the uncertain boundary between nature and culture, between the past and the present as well as between the imaginary and the real. Related to this, the beach is a site of wishful thinking, reverie, nostalgia, (unreliable) and mediated memory as well as of the emergence of gripping, obsessive thoughts and their somewhat fabulous constructions. Whenever an act of rejuvenation or a nascent notion of the protagonists' own sense of sexuality is in progress, this development is harshly interrupted by the death of a central figure. I shall elaborate on the claim that here, death acts as an impediment on sexual awakening with unfavourable effects.
Thesis (M.A.) from the year 2009 in the subject English - Literature, Works, printed single-sided, grade: 1.5, University of Bern (Institut f r Englische Sprachen und Literaturen), course: Problems of Intermdiality in Canadian Literature, ...
Author: Dominique Nagpal Tooher
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
This volume offers therapists effective, practical strategies for helping patients overcome the psychological impact of a history of serious illness in the family. Using illustrative case material, the author discusses the feelings of powerlessness that family illness can produce in an individual, and describes techniques for fostering a healthier, more empowered attitude. She shows how various assessment exercises and validation techniques can help the person distinguish between reality and the myths that evolved as a result of the family illness.
"IT RUNS IN MY FAMILY" Overcoming the Legacy of Family Illness Are you a
fatalist? Do you think you are doomed to develop heart disease, cancer, or other
illnesses because they "run" in your family? A blueprint for actively engineering ...
Author: Joan C. Barth
I can truly say the material this book contains represents a love of my liferunning. I have lived running for 38 years of my life, so far. I started when I was 17. Sometimes it was a major part of my life. Sometimes, like now, I just jog daily. If you are a runner or running enthusiast, I believe you will truly relate to this book and love it. If not, maybe it can persuade you to consider some form of running in your life. It will make you laugh. I will make you cry. But most of all, it will inspire you. My son, Bryan, shared my enthusiasm for running. We toured the South together, racing, until he grew up. We competed in hundreds of road races together. Along the way, I even competed in three weightlifting and two bodybuilding contests. The story is about a boy growing up in the American South, trying to achieve his dream. And grow up he doesthe lessons he learns are universal. This book was an absolute pleasure for me to write. Although the characters are fictional, there are many events taken from my actual experiences. Please turn the page and read Dannys story. Do you relate? Were you like him, his girlfriend, or one of the other characters? So, engulf yourself in Dannys struggle. Read on and enjoy.
The story is about a boy growing up in the American South, trying to achieve his dream. And grow up he doesthe lessons he learns are universal. This book was an absolute pleasure for me to write.
Author: Ron Albea
"Run in the Fam'ly is an emotionally detailed exploration of a level of American society rarely seen in American fiction. It focuses on the desperate lower class people called "inner city", dramatized by Jake Robertson, his family, and his buddies. Mr. McLaughlin employs his mastery of vernacular speech, his understanding of the street cultures of Chicago and Oakland, and his deeply human understanding, to explore the troubled and often violent bonds which hold together a black family. Run in the Fam'ly is an exceptional work of fiction." -James Alan McPherson, author of Elbow Room, winner of the Pulitzer Prize "Run in the Fam'ly proves that John J. McLaughlin is a writer of exceptional talent and enormous vision. His themes are important, his characters are convincing as well as affecting, and his capture of voice dazzling. His writing is infused with unsentimental compassion. I was very moved by this ambitious novel, a marvelous debut." -Bharati Mukherjee, author of The Middleman, winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award "John J. McLaughlin writes with great heart, humanity, and fierce compassion. Run in the Fam'ly is a sensitive and probing look at family and poverty, an ambitious debut novel that echoes Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath in its social consciousness, empathy, and exploration of the bedrock that binds us beneath the chasms of circumstance." -Alexander Parsons, author of Leaving Disneyland, winner of the AWP Novel Award In the traditions of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and William Styron's Confessions of Nat Turner comes a bold debut novel by a striking new voice in American literature. Set in the Flatlands of Oakland, over the Memorial Day weekend at the end of the Reagan-Bush, Sr. era, Run in the Fam'ly is a gripping tale of struggle, faith, and redemption. Jake Robertson, a young Black man snared in the welfare-to-work rut, longs to make a better way for his family. Piecing together minimum-wage jobs and drawing--illegally-- on public assistance simply to make ends meet, he hopes against hope for the chance to pull his girlfriend and asthmatic son out of grinding poverty. Upon his father's release from prison, he is tempted with a crime that could solve his economic woes, but which he fears may fate him to the same life as his father--a man whose past is dark indeed, and about whom Jake has yet to learn one deep, terrible secret. Narrated in a voice that captures both the raw edginess of the street and the complex rhythms of jazz, Run in the Fam'ly is a stunning work of literary ventriloquism and social analysis. Richly-detailed and filled with vivid characterizations, it plumbs the dark, mysterious depths of the city and the soul, recalling the novels of Dickens, Zola, and Baldwin. It is a father-son story for our time, a riveting human drama that will leave readers, on the book's final page, both heartbroken and hopeful. John J. McLaughlin was born in Texas, and raised in Virginia and Washington, DC, where he was educated in Catholic schools. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and the University of Virginia. For many years he worked in direct service to homeless and incarcerated individuals in Los Angeles and Seattle. His writings have appeared in The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, America, and Hunger Mountain, and he is the recipient of a Wagenheim Prize for his short fiction. He lives with his wife and children in Seattle, where he directs Education Across Borders, a non-profit organization that serves indigent communities in the Dominican Republic.
I was very moved by this ambitious novel, a marvelous debut." -Bharati Mukherjee, author of The Middleman, winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award "John J. McLaughlin writes with great heart, humanity, and fierce compassion.
Author: John J. McLaughlin
Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press
The uncertainties and newness that surround us today prompt radical questions about ourselves and our relationship with the external world. How do and can we belong to the places and spaces of today? Movement and Belonging: Lines, Places, and Spaces of Travel describes current realities and suggests ways in which you can define yourself in an ever-changing world. Using the travel writings of V. S. Naipaul, Michael Ondaatje, Patrick White, and D. H. Lawrence, Movement and Belonging demonstrates that «authentic» travel - embracing changing boundaries and cultures - enables you to create sites of belonging where you can find your sense of self.
Dwelling - in - travel in Running in the Family Home : what you visit and abandon
: too much forgotten / too much remembered . An asylum for your origins , your
launchings and departures , the derivations of your dream geographies . Where ...
Author: Carol E. Leon
Publisher: Peter Lang
For a brief survey of some of the opinions expressed by disappointed critics , see
Smaro Kamboureli , " The Alphabet of the Self : Generic and Other Slippages in
Michael Ondaatje ' s Running in the Family , " in Reflections : Autobiography and
Author: Johannes Willem Bertens
Category: Social Science
Examines the representation of masculinities in the work of some of Canada's most exciting writers, including Michael Ondaatje, and Rohinton Mistry, to show how cross-cultural migration disrupts assumed codes for masculine behaviour and practice.
4 Michael Ondaatje's Family Romance : Orientalism , Masculine Severance , and
Interrelationship Like A Casual Brutality , Michael Ondaatje's fictionalized memoir
, Running in the Family , constitutes a narration of loss . Ondaatje's narrative ...
Author: Daniel Coleman
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Imagining Ourselves gathers together selections from Canadian non-fiction books that in some way have had a major impact on how we view ourselves as Canadians, revealing how the national identity has been shaped and informed by the written word. Included are selections from such well-known Canadian books as Wild Animals I Have Known (Ernest Thomas Seton), Pilgrims of the Wild (Grey Owl), Klee Wyck (Emily Carr), The Game (Ken Dryden), Renegade in Power (Peter C. Newman), Survival (Margaret Atwood), and The Last Spike (Pierre Berton).
TROPICAL GOSSIP AND KEGALLE MICHAEL ONDAATJE From Running in the
Family ( 1981 ) Running in the Family is poet and novelist Michael Ondaatje ' s
history of his Ceylonese family : his father an utterly charming , completely ...
Author: Daniel Francis
Publisher: arsenal pulp press
Category: Literary Collections
Papers presented at a conference held under the auspices of WASLE and IASCL held at Bhubaneshwar in 2003.
Touching the Language of Citizenship in Ondaatje ' s Anil ' s Ghost Sandeep
Sanghera Sri Lanka is the “ wife of many marriages ” , writes Ondaatje in his
Running in the Family ( 64 ) . An island that “ seduced all of Europe , ” it has been
Author: Sheo Bhushan Shukla
Publisher: Sarup & Sons
Category: India literature (English)
This species lives in woods running among the dead leaves, which it much
resembles in color. It matures in spring and carries its cocoons in May and June.
New Haven, Conn.; Boston, Mass. Lycosa carolinensis Hentz. PLATE XLVII,
Author: James Henry Emerton
Category: Cobweb weavers
The giving of a note by the husband for necessary expenses of the family arrests
the running of the statute of limitations until the maturity of the note , both as to the
husband and wife ; following Lawrence v . Sinnamon , 24 Iowa , 80 .
Category: Law reports, digests, etc
His eyes skipped from Pete's face to Jessie's. “I wasn't worried,” she said. “Yes,
you were.” Pete stirred. “Not catching, you said.” “It's genetic. That means it runs
in the family.” “I know what that means, I'm not ignorant!” “Right. My father has it, ...
Author: Patricia Bow
Annotation It is an event in literary criticism and culture scholarship that we have new studies on the work of such an original writer as Michael Ondaatje. In this collection, some of the most perceptive scholars working in cultural and literary studies examine Ondaatje's texts - his poetry, his novels In the Skin of a Lion, The English Patient (novel and film), and Anil's Ghost.
Touching the Language of Citizenship in Ondaatje's Anil's Ghost Sandeep
Sanghera Sri Lanka is the "wife of many marriages" writes Ondaatje in his
Running in the Family (64). An island that "seduced all of Europe," it has been
courted by ...
Author: Steven TÃ¶tÃ¶sy de Zepetnek
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
In the older map of 1751 the river is here marked as running in two branches
which joined again below the ford , the cauld being across the left or northern
branch , above the ford over that branch . Men employed in repairing the cauld is
Author: George Francis Scott Elliot