Warlight

Warlight

In a narrative as mysterious as memory itself ? at once both shadowed and luminous ? Warlight is a vivid, thrilling novel of violence and love, intrigue and desire. It is 1945, and London is still reeling from the Blitz and years of war. 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister, Rachel, are apparently abandoned by their parents, left in the care of an enigmatic figure named Th In a narrative as mysterious as memory itself ? at once both shadowed and luminous ? Warlight is a vivid, thrilli...

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Title:Warlight
Author:Michael Ondaatje
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1787330729
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Warlight Reviews

  • Andy Weston
    May 15, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." Warlight From the opening line, I fell into under the spell of Nathaniel's story about how he and his sister Rachel were abandoned at ages fourteen and sixteen to the care of relative str...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." So begins fourteen-year-old Nathaniel's story. His parents announce that they will be leaving to Singapore for a year and leaving him and his sister Rachel in the care of their boarder "T...

    4.5, rounded up. My only previous encounter with Ondaatje prior to this was his Booker Award-winning 'The English Patient', and this has many of the same elements - for good and ill. The good includes exquisite prose, an exciting and involving story set in the years following WW II,...

    I bet you've already read this book many times. Imagine a coming of age novel (sort of) with a protagonist - a boy - whose life was torn apart by something which no ordinary human being can control (let's say, WW2, as it suits so many purposes of modern fiction). Imagine this said boy ...

    Beginning as I do at the beginning, and taking two steps back to reflect, I have to say that I was ready (and raring) to give "Warlight" a bad review. Especially after I read some of the other reviews on the work. However, upon the completion of those two important backward steps and t...

    Epigraph: ?Most of the great battles are fought in the creases of topographical maps.? A world of abandonment; a young boy and his slightly older sister are left by their parents in their family home in the care of someone who they name, The Moth. Grown, our narrator is looki...

    3 stars Thanks to Penguin's First to Read and Knopf for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes May 8, 2018. I selected this book because of the author, Michael Ondaatje. I read his novel English Patient in the early 90's and l0ved that book. However I was much less enth...

    Quite often novels come right out at the very start and illustrate what's at stake, what matters, and where things are going. Not so in Warlight where Ondaatje starts with a bizarre situation of two children abandoned by their parents during wartime England and left with a collection o...

    We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect, when there was just war...

    Should you read Warlight? If you read English Patient and thought I should read the new Ondaatje, I would just read The English Patient again. I also give similar advice with the Ian McEwan bibliography, just read Atonement. Interestingly, if you are still feeling inclined to read Warl...

    "It was a time of war ghosts." Here, as with most of his books, Michael Ondaatje, sets a scene, but not immediately. By opening in 1945 and sliding around in time, he weaves a story rather than laying it out for easy consumption. The reader has to work. And I find myself totally imm...

    Wow, this one surprised me! Ondaatje has long been an author who I admire without necessarily enjoying. Until now that is. I was blown away by the subtle skill of the details and fragments that seem hazy at first but that he eventually brings into focus. I was also totally engaged in t...

    Espionage is generally regarded as exciting, glamorous even, and spy stories are a staple of British literature, and particularly since World War 2, and the Cold War period. Warlight is firmly in this tradition. It?s an enjoyable, light read, with some well cast characters (all spi...

    Where on earth to start a review of this book? It is well on the way to a five star book (which I have reserved for only six or seven books out of thousands). I have a feeling that while I may call this book a masterpiece, others may use the very same points as proof that the plot is...

    Ondaatje?s brilliant novel oozes with secrets that reveal themselves slowly?like a heavy fog lifting with the light of day. ?Warlight? is what Londoners called the weird night light of blacked out London during the Blitz. It is a shadowy world with dark shapes softly punctuated...

    WARLIGHT. (2018). Michael Ondaatje. 21/2* I have to admit that the only other book that I?ve read by this author was ?The English Patient.? That was a fantastic ? later made into a fantastic film ? that went on to win the Booker Prize. This effort by Ondaatje was not nearly ...

    Ondaatje?s Warlight is a novel of two halves, set in London just after the Second World War. The first half of the book concerns the adolescence of the narrator, X, who when the novel begins is 14 years old, and his parents have just mysteriously left him and his older sister in the ...

  • Elyse
    May 31, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

  • Tony
    May 24, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." Warlight From the opening line, I fell into under the spell of Nathaniel's story about how he and his sister Rachel were abandoned at ages fourteen and sixteen to the care of relative str...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." So begins fourteen-year-old Nathaniel's story. His parents announce that they will be leaving to Singapore for a year and leaving him and his sister Rachel in the care of their boarder "T...

    4.5, rounded up. My only previous encounter with Ondaatje prior to this was his Booker Award-winning 'The English Patient', and this has many of the same elements - for good and ill. The good includes exquisite prose, an exciting and involving story set in the years following WW II,...

    I bet you've already read this book many times. Imagine a coming of age novel (sort of) with a protagonist - a boy - whose life was torn apart by something which no ordinary human being can control (let's say, WW2, as it suits so many purposes of modern fiction). Imagine this said boy ...

    Beginning as I do at the beginning, and taking two steps back to reflect, I have to say that I was ready (and raring) to give "Warlight" a bad review. Especially after I read some of the other reviews on the work. However, upon the completion of those two important backward steps and t...

    Epigraph: ?Most of the great battles are fought in the creases of topographical maps.? A world of abandonment; a young boy and his slightly older sister are left by their parents in their family home in the care of someone who they name, The Moth. Grown, our narrator is looki...

    3 stars Thanks to Penguin's First to Read and Knopf for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes May 8, 2018. I selected this book because of the author, Michael Ondaatje. I read his novel English Patient in the early 90's and l0ved that book. However I was much less enth...

    Quite often novels come right out at the very start and illustrate what's at stake, what matters, and where things are going. Not so in Warlight where Ondaatje starts with a bizarre situation of two children abandoned by their parents during wartime England and left with a collection o...

    We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect, when there was just war...

    Should you read Warlight? If you read English Patient and thought I should read the new Ondaatje, I would just read The English Patient again. I also give similar advice with the Ian McEwan bibliography, just read Atonement. Interestingly, if you are still feeling inclined to read Warl...

    "It was a time of war ghosts." Here, as with most of his books, Michael Ondaatje, sets a scene, but not immediately. By opening in 1945 and sliding around in time, he weaves a story rather than laying it out for easy consumption. The reader has to work. And I find myself totally imm...

    Wow, this one surprised me! Ondaatje has long been an author who I admire without necessarily enjoying. Until now that is. I was blown away by the subtle skill of the details and fragments that seem hazy at first but that he eventually brings into focus. I was also totally engaged in t...

    Espionage is generally regarded as exciting, glamorous even, and spy stories are a staple of British literature, and particularly since World War 2, and the Cold War period. Warlight is firmly in this tradition. It?s an enjoyable, light read, with some well cast characters (all spi...

    Where on earth to start a review of this book? It is well on the way to a five star book (which I have reserved for only six or seven books out of thousands). I have a feeling that while I may call this book a masterpiece, others may use the very same points as proof that the plot is...

    Ondaatje?s brilliant novel oozes with secrets that reveal themselves slowly?like a heavy fog lifting with the light of day. ?Warlight? is what Londoners called the weird night light of blacked out London during the Blitz. It is a shadowy world with dark shapes softly punctuated...

    WARLIGHT. (2018). Michael Ondaatje. 21/2* I have to admit that the only other book that I?ve read by this author was ?The English Patient.? That was a fantastic ? later made into a fantastic film ? that went on to win the Booker Prize. This effort by Ondaatje was not nearly ...

  • Will Byrnes
    Apr 30, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

  • Trish
    Jun 11, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

  • Jill
    Apr 13, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    May 26, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." Warlight From the opening line, I fell into under the spell of Nathaniel's story about how he and his sister Rachel were abandoned at ages fourteen and sixteen to the care of relative str...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." So begins fourteen-year-old Nathaniel's story. His parents announce that they will be leaving to Singapore for a year and leaving him and his sister Rachel in the care of their boarder "T...

    4.5, rounded up. My only previous encounter with Ondaatje prior to this was his Booker Award-winning 'The English Patient', and this has many of the same elements - for good and ill. The good includes exquisite prose, an exciting and involving story set in the years following WW II,...

    I bet you've already read this book many times. Imagine a coming of age novel (sort of) with a protagonist - a boy - whose life was torn apart by something which no ordinary human being can control (let's say, WW2, as it suits so many purposes of modern fiction). Imagine this said boy ...

    Beginning as I do at the beginning, and taking two steps back to reflect, I have to say that I was ready (and raring) to give "Warlight" a bad review. Especially after I read some of the other reviews on the work. However, upon the completion of those two important backward steps and t...

    Epigraph: ?Most of the great battles are fought in the creases of topographical maps.? A world of abandonment; a young boy and his slightly older sister are left by their parents in their family home in the care of someone who they name, The Moth. Grown, our narrator is looki...

    3 stars Thanks to Penguin's First to Read and Knopf for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes May 8, 2018. I selected this book because of the author, Michael Ondaatje. I read his novel English Patient in the early 90's and l0ved that book. However I was much less enth...

    Quite often novels come right out at the very start and illustrate what's at stake, what matters, and where things are going. Not so in Warlight where Ondaatje starts with a bizarre situation of two children abandoned by their parents during wartime England and left with a collection o...

    We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect, when there was just war...

    Should you read Warlight? If you read English Patient and thought I should read the new Ondaatje, I would just read The English Patient again. I also give similar advice with the Ian McEwan bibliography, just read Atonement. Interestingly, if you are still feeling inclined to read Warl...

    "It was a time of war ghosts." Here, as with most of his books, Michael Ondaatje, sets a scene, but not immediately. By opening in 1945 and sliding around in time, he weaves a story rather than laying it out for easy consumption. The reader has to work. And I find myself totally imm...

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    May 18, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

  • Michael
    Jun 10, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

  • Diane S ☔
    May 08, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

  • Krista
    Jun 06, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." Warlight From the opening line, I fell into under the spell of Nathaniel's story about how he and his sister Rachel were abandoned at ages fourteen and sixteen to the care of relative str...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." So begins fourteen-year-old Nathaniel's story. His parents announce that they will be leaving to Singapore for a year and leaving him and his sister Rachel in the care of their boarder "T...

    4.5, rounded up. My only previous encounter with Ondaatje prior to this was his Booker Award-winning 'The English Patient', and this has many of the same elements - for good and ill. The good includes exquisite prose, an exciting and involving story set in the years following WW II,...

    I bet you've already read this book many times. Imagine a coming of age novel (sort of) with a protagonist - a boy - whose life was torn apart by something which no ordinary human being can control (let's say, WW2, as it suits so many purposes of modern fiction). Imagine this said boy ...

    Beginning as I do at the beginning, and taking two steps back to reflect, I have to say that I was ready (and raring) to give "Warlight" a bad review. Especially after I read some of the other reviews on the work. However, upon the completion of those two important backward steps and t...

    Epigraph: ?Most of the great battles are fought in the creases of topographical maps.? A world of abandonment; a young boy and his slightly older sister are left by their parents in their family home in the care of someone who they name, The Moth. Grown, our narrator is looki...

    3 stars Thanks to Penguin's First to Read and Knopf for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes May 8, 2018. I selected this book because of the author, Michael Ondaatje. I read his novel English Patient in the early 90's and l0ved that book. However I was much less enth...

    Quite often novels come right out at the very start and illustrate what's at stake, what matters, and where things are going. Not so in Warlight where Ondaatje starts with a bizarre situation of two children abandoned by their parents during wartime England and left with a collection o...

    We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect, when there was just war...

  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    May 04, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." Warlight From the opening line, I fell into under the spell of Nathaniel's story about how he and his sister Rachel were abandoned at ages fourteen and sixteen to the care of relative str...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." So begins fourteen-year-old Nathaniel's story. His parents announce that they will be leaving to Singapore for a year and leaving him and his sister Rachel in the care of their boarder "T...

    4.5, rounded up. My only previous encounter with Ondaatje prior to this was his Booker Award-winning 'The English Patient', and this has many of the same elements - for good and ill. The good includes exquisite prose, an exciting and involving story set in the years following WW II,...

    I bet you've already read this book many times. Imagine a coming of age novel (sort of) with a protagonist - a boy - whose life was torn apart by something which no ordinary human being can control (let's say, WW2, as it suits so many purposes of modern fiction). Imagine this said boy ...

    Beginning as I do at the beginning, and taking two steps back to reflect, I have to say that I was ready (and raring) to give "Warlight" a bad review. Especially after I read some of the other reviews on the work. However, upon the completion of those two important backward steps and t...

    Epigraph: ?Most of the great battles are fought in the creases of topographical maps.? A world of abandonment; a young boy and his slightly older sister are left by their parents in their family home in the care of someone who they name, The Moth. Grown, our narrator is looki...

    3 stars Thanks to Penguin's First to Read and Knopf for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes May 8, 2018. I selected this book because of the author, Michael Ondaatje. I read his novel English Patient in the early 90's and l0ved that book. However I was much less enth...

  • Ayelet Waldman
    Apr 17, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

  • Stephen P
    May 31, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." Warlight From the opening line, I fell into under the spell of Nathaniel's story about how he and his sister Rachel were abandoned at ages fourteen and sixteen to the care of relative str...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." So begins fourteen-year-old Nathaniel's story. His parents announce that they will be leaving to Singapore for a year and leaving him and his sister Rachel in the care of their boarder "T...

    4.5, rounded up. My only previous encounter with Ondaatje prior to this was his Booker Award-winning 'The English Patient', and this has many of the same elements - for good and ill. The good includes exquisite prose, an exciting and involving story set in the years following WW II,...

    I bet you've already read this book many times. Imagine a coming of age novel (sort of) with a protagonist - a boy - whose life was torn apart by something which no ordinary human being can control (let's say, WW2, as it suits so many purposes of modern fiction). Imagine this said boy ...

    Beginning as I do at the beginning, and taking two steps back to reflect, I have to say that I was ready (and raring) to give "Warlight" a bad review. Especially after I read some of the other reviews on the work. However, upon the completion of those two important backward steps and t...

    Epigraph: ?Most of the great battles are fought in the creases of topographical maps.? A world of abandonment; a young boy and his slightly older sister are left by their parents in their family home in the care of someone who they name, The Moth. Grown, our narrator is looki...

  • Faith
    Apr 15, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

  • Doug
    Jun 05, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." Warlight From the opening line, I fell into under the spell of Nathaniel's story about how he and his sister Rachel were abandoned at ages fourteen and sixteen to the care of relative str...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." So begins fourteen-year-old Nathaniel's story. His parents announce that they will be leaving to Singapore for a year and leaving him and his sister Rachel in the care of their boarder "T...

    4.5, rounded up. My only previous encounter with Ondaatje prior to this was his Booker Award-winning 'The English Patient', and this has many of the same elements - for good and ill. The good includes exquisite prose, an exciting and involving story set in the years following WW II,...

  • Stephanie Anze
    Jun 08, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." Warlight From the opening line, I fell into under the spell of Nathaniel's story about how he and his sister Rachel were abandoned at ages fourteen and sixteen to the care of relative str...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." So begins fourteen-year-old Nathaniel's story. His parents announce that they will be leaving to Singapore for a year and leaving him and his sister Rachel in the care of their boarder "T...

  • Jonathan Pool
    Jun 14, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." Warlight From the opening line, I fell into under the spell of Nathaniel's story about how he and his sister Rachel were abandoned at ages fourteen and sixteen to the care of relative str...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." So begins fourteen-year-old Nathaniel's story. His parents announce that they will be leaving to Singapore for a year and leaving him and his sister Rachel in the care of their boarder "T...

    4.5, rounded up. My only previous encounter with Ondaatje prior to this was his Booker Award-winning 'The English Patient', and this has many of the same elements - for good and ill. The good includes exquisite prose, an exciting and involving story set in the years following WW II,...

    I bet you've already read this book many times. Imagine a coming of age novel (sort of) with a protagonist - a boy - whose life was torn apart by something which no ordinary human being can control (let's say, WW2, as it suits so many purposes of modern fiction). Imagine this said boy ...

    Beginning as I do at the beginning, and taking two steps back to reflect, I have to say that I was ready (and raring) to give "Warlight" a bad review. Especially after I read some of the other reviews on the work. However, upon the completion of those two important backward steps and t...

    Epigraph: ?Most of the great battles are fought in the creases of topographical maps.? A world of abandonment; a young boy and his slightly older sister are left by their parents in their family home in the care of someone who they name, The Moth. Grown, our narrator is looki...

    3 stars Thanks to Penguin's First to Read and Knopf for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes May 8, 2018. I selected this book because of the author, Michael Ondaatje. I read his novel English Patient in the early 90's and l0ved that book. However I was much less enth...

    Quite often novels come right out at the very start and illustrate what's at stake, what matters, and where things are going. Not so in Warlight where Ondaatje starts with a bizarre situation of two children abandoned by their parents during wartime England and left with a collection o...

    We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect, when there was just war...

    Should you read Warlight? If you read English Patient and thought I should read the new Ondaatje, I would just read The English Patient again. I also give similar advice with the Ian McEwan bibliography, just read Atonement. Interestingly, if you are still feeling inclined to read Warl...

    "It was a time of war ghosts." Here, as with most of his books, Michael Ondaatje, sets a scene, but not immediately. By opening in 1945 and sliding around in time, he weaves a story rather than laying it out for easy consumption. The reader has to work. And I find myself totally imm...

    Wow, this one surprised me! Ondaatje has long been an author who I admire without necessarily enjoying. Until now that is. I was blown away by the subtle skill of the details and fragments that seem hazy at first but that he eventually brings into focus. I was also totally engaged in t...

    Espionage is generally regarded as exciting, glamorous even, and spy stories are a staple of British literature, and particularly since World War 2, and the Cold War period. Warlight is firmly in this tradition. It?s an enjoyable, light read, with some well cast characters (all spi...

  • Nancy
    Apr 08, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." Warlight From the opening line, I fell into under the spell of Nathaniel's story about how he and his sister Rachel were abandoned at ages fourteen and sixteen to the care of relative str...

  • Creager
    Jan 25, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." Warlight From the opening line, I fell into under the spell of Nathaniel's story about how he and his sister Rachel were abandoned at ages fourteen and sixteen to the care of relative str...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." So begins fourteen-year-old Nathaniel's story. His parents announce that they will be leaving to Singapore for a year and leaving him and his sister Rachel in the care of their boarder "T...

    4.5, rounded up. My only previous encounter with Ondaatje prior to this was his Booker Award-winning 'The English Patient', and this has many of the same elements - for good and ill. The good includes exquisite prose, an exciting and involving story set in the years following WW II,...

    I bet you've already read this book many times. Imagine a coming of age novel (sort of) with a protagonist - a boy - whose life was torn apart by something which no ordinary human being can control (let's say, WW2, as it suits so many purposes of modern fiction). Imagine this said boy ...

    Beginning as I do at the beginning, and taking two steps back to reflect, I have to say that I was ready (and raring) to give "Warlight" a bad review. Especially after I read some of the other reviews on the work. However, upon the completion of those two important backward steps and t...

    Epigraph: ?Most of the great battles are fought in the creases of topographical maps.? A world of abandonment; a young boy and his slightly older sister are left by their parents in their family home in the care of someone who they name, The Moth. Grown, our narrator is looki...

    3 stars Thanks to Penguin's First to Read and Knopf for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes May 8, 2018. I selected this book because of the author, Michael Ondaatje. I read his novel English Patient in the early 90's and l0ved that book. However I was much less enth...

    Quite often novels come right out at the very start and illustrate what's at stake, what matters, and where things are going. Not so in Warlight where Ondaatje starts with a bizarre situation of two children abandoned by their parents during wartime England and left with a collection o...

    We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect, when there was just war...

    Should you read Warlight? If you read English Patient and thought I should read the new Ondaatje, I would just read The English Patient again. I also give similar advice with the Ian McEwan bibliography, just read Atonement. Interestingly, if you are still feeling inclined to read Warl...

  • Dave
    Apr 28, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." Warlight From the opening line, I fell into under the spell of Nathaniel's story about how he and his sister Rachel were abandoned at ages fourteen and sixteen to the care of relative str...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." So begins fourteen-year-old Nathaniel's story. His parents announce that they will be leaving to Singapore for a year and leaving him and his sister Rachel in the care of their boarder "T...

    4.5, rounded up. My only previous encounter with Ondaatje prior to this was his Booker Award-winning 'The English Patient', and this has many of the same elements - for good and ill. The good includes exquisite prose, an exciting and involving story set in the years following WW II,...

    I bet you've already read this book many times. Imagine a coming of age novel (sort of) with a protagonist - a boy - whose life was torn apart by something which no ordinary human being can control (let's say, WW2, as it suits so many purposes of modern fiction). Imagine this said boy ...

    Beginning as I do at the beginning, and taking two steps back to reflect, I have to say that I was ready (and raring) to give "Warlight" a bad review. Especially after I read some of the other reviews on the work. However, upon the completion of those two important backward steps and t...

    Epigraph: ?Most of the great battles are fought in the creases of topographical maps.? A world of abandonment; a young boy and his slightly older sister are left by their parents in their family home in the care of someone who they name, The Moth. Grown, our narrator is looki...

    3 stars Thanks to Penguin's First to Read and Knopf for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes May 8, 2018. I selected this book because of the author, Michael Ondaatje. I read his novel English Patient in the early 90's and l0ved that book. However I was much less enth...

    Quite often novels come right out at the very start and illustrate what's at stake, what matters, and where things are going. Not so in Warlight where Ondaatje starts with a bizarre situation of two children abandoned by their parents during wartime England and left with a collection o...

  • Marcus Hobson
    May 24, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." Warlight From the opening line, I fell into under the spell of Nathaniel's story about how he and his sister Rachel were abandoned at ages fourteen and sixteen to the care of relative str...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." So begins fourteen-year-old Nathaniel's story. His parents announce that they will be leaving to Singapore for a year and leaving him and his sister Rachel in the care of their boarder "T...

    4.5, rounded up. My only previous encounter with Ondaatje prior to this was his Booker Award-winning 'The English Patient', and this has many of the same elements - for good and ill. The good includes exquisite prose, an exciting and involving story set in the years following WW II,...

    I bet you've already read this book many times. Imagine a coming of age novel (sort of) with a protagonist - a boy - whose life was torn apart by something which no ordinary human being can control (let's say, WW2, as it suits so many purposes of modern fiction). Imagine this said boy ...

    Beginning as I do at the beginning, and taking two steps back to reflect, I have to say that I was ready (and raring) to give "Warlight" a bad review. Especially after I read some of the other reviews on the work. However, upon the completion of those two important backward steps and t...

    Epigraph: ?Most of the great battles are fought in the creases of topographical maps.? A world of abandonment; a young boy and his slightly older sister are left by their parents in their family home in the care of someone who they name, The Moth. Grown, our narrator is looki...

    3 stars Thanks to Penguin's First to Read and Knopf for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes May 8, 2018. I selected this book because of the author, Michael Ondaatje. I read his novel English Patient in the early 90's and l0ved that book. However I was much less enth...

    Quite often novels come right out at the very start and illustrate what's at stake, what matters, and where things are going. Not so in Warlight where Ondaatje starts with a bizarre situation of two children abandoned by their parents during wartime England and left with a collection o...

    We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect, when there was just war...

    Should you read Warlight? If you read English Patient and thought I should read the new Ondaatje, I would just read The English Patient again. I also give similar advice with the Ian McEwan bibliography, just read Atonement. Interestingly, if you are still feeling inclined to read Warl...

    "It was a time of war ghosts." Here, as with most of his books, Michael Ondaatje, sets a scene, but not immediately. By opening in 1945 and sliding around in time, he weaves a story rather than laying it out for easy consumption. The reader has to work. And I find myself totally imm...

    Wow, this one surprised me! Ondaatje has long been an author who I admire without necessarily enjoying. Until now that is. I was blown away by the subtle skill of the details and fragments that seem hazy at first but that he eventually brings into focus. I was also totally engaged in t...

    Espionage is generally regarded as exciting, glamorous even, and spy stories are a staple of British literature, and particularly since World War 2, and the Cold War period. Warlight is firmly in this tradition. It?s an enjoyable, light read, with some well cast characters (all spi...

    Where on earth to start a review of this book? It is well on the way to a five star book (which I have reserved for only six or seven books out of thousands). I have a feeling that while I may call this book a masterpiece, others may use the very same points as proof that the plot is...

  • Netta
    May 18, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." Warlight From the opening line, I fell into under the spell of Nathaniel's story about how he and his sister Rachel were abandoned at ages fourteen and sixteen to the care of relative str...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." So begins fourteen-year-old Nathaniel's story. His parents announce that they will be leaving to Singapore for a year and leaving him and his sister Rachel in the care of their boarder "T...

    4.5, rounded up. My only previous encounter with Ondaatje prior to this was his Booker Award-winning 'The English Patient', and this has many of the same elements - for good and ill. The good includes exquisite prose, an exciting and involving story set in the years following WW II,...

    I bet you've already read this book many times. Imagine a coming of age novel (sort of) with a protagonist - a boy - whose life was torn apart by something which no ordinary human being can control (let's say, WW2, as it suits so many purposes of modern fiction). Imagine this said boy ...

  • Roger Brunyate
    May 11, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

  • Katie Long
    Jun 04, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." Warlight From the opening line, I fell into under the spell of Nathaniel's story about how he and his sister Rachel were abandoned at ages fourteen and sixteen to the care of relative str...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." So begins fourteen-year-old Nathaniel's story. His parents announce that they will be leaving to Singapore for a year and leaving him and his sister Rachel in the care of their boarder "T...

    4.5, rounded up. My only previous encounter with Ondaatje prior to this was his Booker Award-winning 'The English Patient', and this has many of the same elements - for good and ill. The good includes exquisite prose, an exciting and involving story set in the years following WW II,...

    I bet you've already read this book many times. Imagine a coming of age novel (sort of) with a protagonist - a boy - whose life was torn apart by something which no ordinary human being can control (let's say, WW2, as it suits so many purposes of modern fiction). Imagine this said boy ...

    Beginning as I do at the beginning, and taking two steps back to reflect, I have to say that I was ready (and raring) to give "Warlight" a bad review. Especially after I read some of the other reviews on the work. However, upon the completion of those two important backward steps and t...

    Epigraph: ?Most of the great battles are fought in the creases of topographical maps.? A world of abandonment; a young boy and his slightly older sister are left by their parents in their family home in the care of someone who they name, The Moth. Grown, our narrator is looki...

    3 stars Thanks to Penguin's First to Read and Knopf for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes May 8, 2018. I selected this book because of the author, Michael Ondaatje. I read his novel English Patient in the early 90's and l0ved that book. However I was much less enth...

    Quite often novels come right out at the very start and illustrate what's at stake, what matters, and where things are going. Not so in Warlight where Ondaatje starts with a bizarre situation of two children abandoned by their parents during wartime England and left with a collection o...

    We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect, when there was just war...

    Should you read Warlight? If you read English Patient and thought I should read the new Ondaatje, I would just read The English Patient again. I also give similar advice with the Ian McEwan bibliography, just read Atonement. Interestingly, if you are still feeling inclined to read Warl...

    "It was a time of war ghosts." Here, as with most of his books, Michael Ondaatje, sets a scene, but not immediately. By opening in 1945 and sliding around in time, he weaves a story rather than laying it out for easy consumption. The reader has to work. And I find myself totally imm...

    Wow, this one surprised me! Ondaatje has long been an author who I admire without necessarily enjoying. Until now that is. I was blown away by the subtle skill of the details and fragments that seem hazy at first but that he eventually brings into focus. I was also totally engaged in t...

  • Kathleen
    Jun 09, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." Warlight From the opening line, I fell into under the spell of Nathaniel's story about how he and his sister Rachel were abandoned at ages fourteen and sixteen to the care of relative str...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." So begins fourteen-year-old Nathaniel's story. His parents announce that they will be leaving to Singapore for a year and leaving him and his sister Rachel in the care of their boarder "T...

    4.5, rounded up. My only previous encounter with Ondaatje prior to this was his Booker Award-winning 'The English Patient', and this has many of the same elements - for good and ill. The good includes exquisite prose, an exciting and involving story set in the years following WW II,...

    I bet you've already read this book many times. Imagine a coming of age novel (sort of) with a protagonist - a boy - whose life was torn apart by something which no ordinary human being can control (let's say, WW2, as it suits so many purposes of modern fiction). Imagine this said boy ...

    Beginning as I do at the beginning, and taking two steps back to reflect, I have to say that I was ready (and raring) to give "Warlight" a bad review. Especially after I read some of the other reviews on the work. However, upon the completion of those two important backward steps and t...

    Epigraph: ?Most of the great battles are fought in the creases of topographical maps.? A world of abandonment; a young boy and his slightly older sister are left by their parents in their family home in the care of someone who they name, The Moth. Grown, our narrator is looki...

    3 stars Thanks to Penguin's First to Read and Knopf for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes May 8, 2018. I selected this book because of the author, Michael Ondaatje. I read his novel English Patient in the early 90's and l0ved that book. However I was much less enth...

    Quite often novels come right out at the very start and illustrate what's at stake, what matters, and where things are going. Not so in Warlight where Ondaatje starts with a bizarre situation of two children abandoned by their parents during wartime England and left with a collection o...

    We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect, when there was just war...

    Should you read Warlight? If you read English Patient and thought I should read the new Ondaatje, I would just read The English Patient again. I also give similar advice with the Ian McEwan bibliography, just read Atonement. Interestingly, if you are still feeling inclined to read Warl...

    "It was a time of war ghosts." Here, as with most of his books, Michael Ondaatje, sets a scene, but not immediately. By opening in 1945 and sliding around in time, he weaves a story rather than laying it out for easy consumption. The reader has to work. And I find myself totally imm...

    Wow, this one surprised me! Ondaatje has long been an author who I admire without necessarily enjoying. Until now that is. I was blown away by the subtle skill of the details and fragments that seem hazy at first but that he eventually brings into focus. I was also totally engaged in t...

    Espionage is generally regarded as exciting, glamorous even, and spy stories are a staple of British literature, and particularly since World War 2, and the Cold War period. Warlight is firmly in this tradition. It?s an enjoyable, light read, with some well cast characters (all spi...

    Where on earth to start a review of this book? It is well on the way to a five star book (which I have reserved for only six or seven books out of thousands). I have a feeling that while I may call this book a masterpiece, others may use the very same points as proof that the plot is...

    Ondaatje?s brilliant novel oozes with secrets that reveal themselves slowly?like a heavy fog lifting with the light of day. ?Warlight? is what Londoners called the weird night light of blacked out London during the Blitz. It is a shadowy world with dark shapes softly punctuated...

  • Tammy
    Mar 11, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

  • Andrea Johnston
    Mar 25, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...

    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...

    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." Warlight From the opening line, I fell into under the spell of Nathaniel's story about how he and his sister Rachel were abandoned at ages fourteen and sixteen to the care of relative str...

    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." So begins fourteen-year-old Nathaniel's story. His parents announce that they will be leaving to Singapore for a year and leaving him and his sister Rachel in the care of their boarder "T...

    4.5, rounded up. My only previous encounter with Ondaatje prior to this was his Booker Award-winning 'The English Patient', and this has many of the same elements - for good and ill. The good includes exquisite prose, an exciting and involving story set in the years following WW II,...

    I bet you've already read this book many times. Imagine a coming of age novel (sort of) with a protagonist - a boy - whose life was torn apart by something which no ordinary human being can control (let's say, WW2, as it suits so many purposes of modern fiction). Imagine this said boy ...

    Beginning as I do at the beginning, and taking two steps back to reflect, I have to say that I was ready (and raring) to give "Warlight" a bad review. Especially after I read some of the other reviews on the work. However, upon the completion of those two important backward steps and t...

  • Lori
    May 26, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

  • Truman32
    May 21, 2018

    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...

    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...

    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...

    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...

    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...

    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...

    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...

    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...

    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...

    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...

    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...