Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje

Basic plot

Anna, Claire and Coop live on a farm in Northern California with their stern no-nonsense father. Their family is not like anyone else as none of them are actually related. Tragedy brought them together and tragedy drove them apart. Though, the trouble with family is, no matter how much distance and time passes, nothing can make them forget.

What I liked about this book

The language is definitely beautiful. Each character and scene painted with the a deft hand and vivid colours. 

What I disliked about the book

Personally, I think the book lacks continuity and fluidity that could have made it incredible. I found it difficult to relate to the main characters and their journeys especially after they separated from each other. Perhaps, it was beauty over substance.

A quote I liked from the book

We have become unintelligible in our secrets, governed by our previous selves. 
Rating: 3/5



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