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review Divisadero 103 ó From the celebrated author of The English Patient and Anil's Ghost comes a remarkable intimate novel of intersecting lives that ranges across continents and time In the 1970s in Northern California a father and his teenage daughters Anna and Claire work their farm with the help of Coop an enigmatic young man who makes his home with them Theirs iWork their farm with the help of Coop an enigmatic young man who makes his home with them Theirs is a makeshift family until it is shattered by an incident of violence that sets fire to the rest of their lives Divisadero takes us from San Francisco. God I did not like this book Really really did not like it I read all the 4 and 5 star reviews I get what people are saying and I'm just not there Why get us interested in characters and then abandon them and why spend time telling us boring things about them like a whole paragraph describing how she planted seeds in the field by scattering them instead of burying them and then we find out about major dramatic events only in one passing sentence told as a part of someone else's narrative like was put in prison for nearly killing a man in a jealous rage This was like a bunch of pieces of stories I get it Divisadero They're being divided Lots and lots of divisions And yes we have a dark and stormy night and bad things happen and the snow comes down and people are feeling upset Isn't this a bit heavy handed Never mind that setting a book in Northern California should prevent an ice storm from occurring and no it doesn't work for me to throw in a line later saying it was a rare event And the last thing that drove me crazy was how the book just leaves out the How of things There is no connection from one event to another you are just supposed to leap They know each other and now they are sleeping together We see no evidence of romance building but boom there it is So it was not believable and just felt like some clever writerly experiment Which was not a pleasure to read

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To the raucous backrooms of Nevada's casinos and eventually to the landscape of southern France As the narrative moves back and forth through time and place we find each of the characters trying to find some foothold in a present shadowed by the pas. Such gorgeous writing and beautiful thoughts Yet The book reads like a set of short stories The first half read fine The author lays prose so profoundly honed that one could entertain oneself all day uoting passages from it How could it be that given such promise by the end I ceased to care about the characters and their stories The audiobook reader did a good job but by the end even she seemed to acuire a dull groove of melancholy

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DivisaderoFrom the celebrated author of The English Patient and Anil's Ghost comes a remarkable intimate novel of intersecting lives that ranges across continents and time In the 1970s in Northern California a father and his teenage daughters Anna and Claire. Divisadero is not a story about the things that happened; it is a story about the things that were felt and there is no living author better at telling a tale of feelings than Michael OndaatjeOndaatje's prose is poetry and for me his poetry is lyrically sublime in the romantic sense of the word I am awed by what he does and I long to do it in my own prose I don't care whether Anna and Coop and Claire ever find each other through the divisions of solitude they've embraced and I don't feel at all cheated by never knowing I don't care how Roman disappeared where Astolphe came from what happened to Anna and Raphael nor when Marie Neige died because Ondaatje makes me care about what they felt in the short intoxicatingly brief moments that he lets me share with them But than all of these wonderfully realized characters I love Lucien One eyed desolate literary simple yet complex war ravaged marriage ravaged love ravaged but rich in love sensuous sensual paternal in spite of himself childlike needy giving and other things I am certain I have missed His story is Divisadero to me in much the same way that Caravaggio was The English Patient And though his story is inextricably bound to the life of Anna his literary biographer illuminating the events of her life and the shattering moment that thrust her old life into the new it is his love for his mother his daughter Marie Neige and Raphael that tell the story that reaches me most deeplyI get Lucien in a way I don't get the others or maybe it is simply that my own internal world most closely resembles his Whichever it is I am sad that my time with Lucien Segura poet adventure novelist lover soldier possible madman is over And oh how I wish I could read his poems and novels Those fictional works of fiction sound marvelous but it is not to be and I imagine the best I can do is return to the pages of Divisadero when I need to connect with Lucien again I am afraid that won't be enough but it will have to doI had intended to write a review about Ondaatje's use of time and space his skill with multiple perspectives his intertextuality his prose techniue his wide ranging settings but my review became something other which is fine by me And I hope it is fine by you tooBut I must add a note of warning for anyone interested in reading Divisadero do not expect a classic story with easily wrapped up plot lines and linear movement of action That is not and has never been how Ondaatje works Come to Divisadero to lose yourself in the lives of fascinating people to feel what they feel for just a moment If you're looking for anything else you would be doing yourself a favour by staying away