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Warlight (Vintage International) (original: 2018; edição: 2019)

de Michael Ondaatje (Autor)

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From the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement. In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself--shadowed and luminous at once--we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings' mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn't know and understand in that time, and it is this journey--through facts, recollection, and imagination--that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.… (mais)
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Título:Warlight (Vintage International)
Autores:Michael Ondaatje (Autor)
Informação:Vintage (2019), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:WWII, German attacks on Britain, spies, historical fiction

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Warlight de Michael Ondaatje (2018)

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This was so beautifully written it was similar to reading a book of poetry. There were times of confusion but I understand why Ondaatje did it. He wanted the reader to feel what it was like to live in London during and immediately after WW 2. He succeeded. I don't provide an overview of the plot, suffice it to say if you like books set around WW 2 with strong female characters, this is your book. ( )
  scoene | Jul 13, 2021 |
The last book by Michael Ondaatje that I read in its entirety was The English Patient, which to my great surprise, was written 26 years ago. I have tried to read a couple of his other works published in the interim, namely Anil’s Ghost, and may have flipped through The Cat’s Table in a bookstore. However, neither had felt very memorable.

Warlight, Ondaatje’s first novel in seven years, is set in the years immediately following the WWII in London, and the story expands to other neighboring towns as well as the years that follow. The story was captivating at times, reading like a thriller with dark undertones and vivid action; but at certain parts, the prose slows down considerably, and my mind can’t help but start to wander.

I still consider Ondaatje quite a solid storyteller, particularly when it comes to wartime stories. In that respect, it’s a worthy read, as Warlight is a story (or rather a series of intertwining stories) well told.
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  geoff79 | Jul 11, 2021 |
Atmospheric, littered with strange characters and a dense plot. Have to pay attention. ( )
  SusanWallace | Jul 10, 2021 |
This book is beautifully written. The story starts with a family of four. First, dad goes away on a trip and then the mom leaves the two children in the care of a man the kids call "The Moth". She is gone for quite a long time, the children don't know where and then one day she returns without explanation.
The story is told much like the author's other book "The Cat's Table" as a adult looking back on the experience many years after the fact. The main character then goes to try and investigate and find out where his mother was and what she was doing during the time she was gone.
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  Jeff_Simms | Jun 9, 2021 |
"Warlight" has definitely been my best read so far this year. But, as it happens, it's often much more difficult to write a review of a wonderful book than a review of a book one finds terrible and having lots of flaws. I do struggle with finding the right words to describe my reading experience and my feelings as a reader.
The premise is explained rather quickly: Nathaniel and Rachel are two teenagers in London during the aftermath of World War II. They are abandoned by their parents who seemingly are traveling to Asia for work. The young siblings are left with a man they call The Moth and henceforth grow up with a group of strange and interesting people who leave their mark on them.
The story is told in retrospective by Nathaniel and there are many time warps and many different layers to the story.
It is essentially a story about memories and about how your past shapes you. How do you perceive those around you and how does that change over time? The narration is almost dreamlike in parts, the pace is often slow, the reader feels the story with all the senses. It took me some time to get into it, but once I had settled down into the style, I was totally drawn in and wished it to be much longer.
This novel has made me reflect a lot and I'm sure it will stay with me for years to come. ( )
  MissBrangwen | May 2, 2021 |
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Ondaatje’s shrewd character study plays out in a smart, sophisticated drama, one worth the long wait for fans of wartime intrigue.
adicionado por Shortride | editarKirkus Reivews (Mar 1, 2018)
 
By now we know what we are going to get from an Ondaatje novel: A moody, murky, lightly pretentious and mostly nonlinear investigation of lives and stories that harbor tantalizing gaps.

There will be disquisitions on arcane topics including, frequently, mapmaking. Wartime and/or criminality will feature in the foreground or background. The nature of storytelling will be weighed and found fascinating. The spine of the plot, unlike the spine of a steamed fish, will be nearly impossible to remove whole.....Ondaatje’s new novel, “Warlight,” is his best since “The English Patient.” That sounds like a publicist’s dream quote, but perhaps it isn’t exactly. I was among that sodality of readers who didn’t cotton to “The English Patient,” finding it merely moody, murky and lightly pretentious, a tone poem in search of a whetstone....There’s an unpleasant sense that Ondaatje is regaling us rather than simply putting across a story. In his overweening interest in secrets and tall tales, in his relish for how stories are told, he’s taken the Salman Rushdie exit off the Paul Auster turnpike....Yet his burnished, lukewarm sentences don’t snap to life like the people he enjoys. Reading him on these scruffy men and women is like listening to someone try to play “Long Tall Sally” on solo cello. It’s not awful, but it’s weird.
 
We are in familiar Ondaatje territory here – sensuous prose, curious characters, missing threads, unstable footings. But which of these fragments has real significance? “Do we eventually become what we are originally meant to be?” ponders the narrator – and the reader – as each searches for meaning....This mesmerizing novel begins in 1945, when Nathaniel’s parents disappear, leaving Nathaniel, then 14, and his 16-year old sister in a grimy, postwar South London, “in the care of two men who may have been criminals.” Ostensibly, both parents are going to Singapore for a year, for their father’s new job. Meanwhile, the two men – Walter (tagged “the Moth” by the children for his “shy movements”) and “the Pimlico Darter” (an ex-welterweight boxer) – fill the house with bizarre visitors....Every sentence that Ondaatje writes defies gravity with its elegance, yet is weighty with significance. Water rushes out of taps “like time itself.” There are baffling loose ends and moments of tension. And yet, underneath the uncertainty there is a sturdy cohesion that makes this one of Ondaatje’s most successful and satisfying novels.
 
A boy alone in postwar London is drawn into shadowy worlds in this suspenseful yet frustrating story from the English Patient author....Michael Ondaatje likes writing about uncertainties, mysteries and doubts, not quite with the Keatsian ambition of resisting “any irritable reaching after fact and reason”, but because he relishes the idea of thoughts being fluid and characters essentially unknowable....scenes are habitually softened by half-lights, and all action and most reflection are slowed by rich (some would say overwritten) prose. Hence, too, the procedures of his other novels, in which similarly striking narrative potential is mostly kept in check, or actually stifled...In Ondaatje’s new novel, his eighth, his appetite for imprecision is stronger than ever..Rather than closing the book convinced that psychological insights have been generated by Jamesian withholdings, we might equally well feel that characters have been flattened by our simply not knowing enough about them, and that our interest in their doings is diminished by the same means.
 

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From the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement. In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself--shadowed and luminous at once--we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings' mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn't know and understand in that time, and it is this journey--through facts, recollection, and imagination--that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.

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