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

  • Tony
    Jun 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...

    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...

    Now longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize and with a postscript to my review added after its longlisting. So we began a new life. I did not quite believe it then. And I am still uncertain whether the period that followed disfigured or energised my life. I was to lose the pattern an...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 There is plenty to like about this book - it is always readable, the plotting is clever and some of the stories are fascinating, but for me it never quite lived up to its potential. The opening draws you in quickly: "In 1945 our parents we...

    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...

    [3.5 stars] A very good novel. Ondaatje has a way of capturing the reader, transporting them and creating a rich atmosphere. There's clearly a lot of research done for this story?though at times evidently too much, perhaps, as it tends to get a bit verbose and bog down the narrative...

    The narrator is a sixteen year-old boy, at the start. He has an older sister. The Second World War has just ended. But there are, you know, loose ends. His parents say they must go to Singapore, and quickly. Business. No need to disrupt the children's school. They'll be reunited soon. ...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jul 27, 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...

    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...

    Now longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize and with a postscript to my review added after its longlisting. So we began a new life. I did not quite believe it then. And I am still uncertain whether the period that followed disfigured or energised my life. I was to lose the pattern an...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 There is plenty to like about this book - it is always readable, the plotting is clever and some of the stories are fascinating, but for me it never quite lived up to its potential. The opening draws you in quickly: "In 1945 our parents we...

    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...

    [3.5 stars] A very good novel. Ondaatje has a way of capturing the reader, transporting them and creating a rich atmosphere. There's clearly a lot of research done for this story?though at times evidently too much, perhaps, as it tends to get a bit verbose and bog down the narrative...

    The narrator is a sixteen year-old boy, at the start. He has an older sister. The Second World War has just ended. But there are, you know, loose ends. His parents say they must go to Singapore, and quickly. Business. No need to disrupt the children's school. They'll be reunited soon. ...

    ?We order our lives with barely held stories.? Here lies the central message of the book. The words are said by Nathaniel, the story?s central protagonist and narrator. The book opens in 1945. Nathaniel is fourteen and his sister, Rachel, almost sixteen. They live in Londo...

    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...

    This may be my favorite book so far this year. Just when I thought I may no longer be interested in reading novels, this one comes along. Superbly written: so many lines I wanted to copy down that there would be nothing left unmarked! And those sentences often not only beautifully w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Michael Ondaatje meditates on how we construct ourselves through the past - and he does it in elegic prose, highlighting the details that become instructive to understand the bigger picture, and illustrating the human need to somehow make sense...

    On the heels of Michael Ondaatje winning the Golden Man Booker Prize for his book The English Patient, his newest novel Warlight is now on the longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize. The English Patient, which won the Man Booker in 1992, is set in 1945 and follows a cast of characte...

  • 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...

  • Chrissie
    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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...

    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...

    Now longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize and with a postscript to my review added after its longlisting. So we began a new life. I did not quite believe it then. And I am still uncertain whether the period that followed disfigured or energised my life. I was to lose the pattern an...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 There is plenty to like about this book - it is always readable, the plotting is clever and some of the stories are fascinating, but for me it never quite lived up to its potential. The opening draws you in quickly: "In 1945 our parents we...

    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...

    [3.5 stars] A very good novel. Ondaatje has a way of capturing the reader, transporting them and creating a rich atmosphere. There's clearly a lot of research done for this story?though at times evidently too much, perhaps, as it tends to get a bit verbose and bog down the narrative...

    The narrator is a sixteen year-old boy, at the start. He has an older sister. The Second World War has just ended. But there are, you know, loose ends. His parents say they must go to Singapore, and quickly. Business. No need to disrupt the children's school. They'll be reunited soon. ...

    ?We order our lives with barely held stories.? Here lies the central message of the book. The words are said by Nathaniel, the story?s central protagonist and narrator. The book opens in 1945. Nathaniel is fourteen and his sister, Rachel, almost sixteen. They live in Londo...

  • Maxwell
    Jul 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...

    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...

    Now longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize and with a postscript to my review added after its longlisting. So we began a new life. I did not quite believe it then. And I am still uncertain whether the period that followed disfigured or energised my life. I was to lose the pattern an...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 There is plenty to like about this book - it is always readable, the plotting is clever and some of the stories are fascinating, but for me it never quite lived up to its potential. The opening draws you in quickly: "In 1945 our parents we...

    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...

    [3.5 stars] A very good novel. Ondaatje has a way of capturing the reader, transporting them and creating a rich atmosphere. There's clearly a lot of research done for this story?though at times evidently too much, perhaps, as it tends to get a bit verbose and bog down the narrative...

  • 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...

    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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...

    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...

    Now longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize and with a postscript to my review added after its longlisting. So we began a new life. I did not quite believe it then. And I am still uncertain whether the period that followed disfigured or energised my life. I was to lose the pattern an...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 There is plenty to like about this book - it is always readable, the plotting is clever and some of the stories are fascinating, but for me it never quite lived up to its potential. The opening draws you in quickly: "In 1945 our parents we...

    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...

    [3.5 stars] A very good novel. Ondaatje has a way of capturing the reader, transporting them and creating a rich atmosphere. There's clearly a lot of research done for this story?though at times evidently too much, perhaps, as it tends to get a bit verbose and bog down the narrative...

    The narrator is a sixteen year-old boy, at the start. He has an older sister. The Second World War has just ended. But there are, you know, loose ends. His parents say they must go to Singapore, and quickly. Business. No need to disrupt the children's school. They'll be reunited soon. ...

    ?We order our lives with barely held stories.? Here lies the central message of the book. The words are said by Nathaniel, the story?s central protagonist and narrator. The book opens in 1945. Nathaniel is fourteen and his sister, Rachel, almost sixteen. They live in Londo...

    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...

    This may be my favorite book so far this year. Just when I thought I may no longer be interested in reading novels, this one comes along. Superbly written: so many lines I wanted to copy down that there would be nothing left unmarked! And those sentences often not only beautifully w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Michael Ondaatje meditates on how we construct ourselves through the past - and he does it in elegic prose, highlighting the details that become instructive to understand the bigger picture, and illustrating the human need to somehow make sense...

    On the heels of Michael Ondaatje winning the Golden Man Booker Prize for his book The English Patient, his newest novel Warlight is now on the longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize. The English Patient, which won the Man Booker in 1992, is set in 1945 and follows a cast of characte...

    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...

    What I am now was formed by whatever happened to me then, not by what I have achieved, but by how I got here ?In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who might have been criminals?: in the pantheon of great opening lines this one is right up there: simpl...

    I was drawn immediately to the title which is referenced only once in the text. A powerful novel from a master. Again the Second World War is the backdrop. Initially a coming of age story in darkened wartime London is developed into something else as the writer subtly builds up his ...

    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...

  • Ellie
    Jul 01, 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...

    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...

    Now longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize and with a postscript to my review added after its longlisting. So we began a new life. I did not quite believe it then. And I am still uncertain whether the period that followed disfigured or energised my life. I was to lose the pattern an...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 There is plenty to like about this book - it is always readable, the plotting is clever and some of the stories are fascinating, but for me it never quite lived up to its potential. The opening draws you in quickly: "In 1945 our parents we...

    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...

    [3.5 stars] A very good novel. Ondaatje has a way of capturing the reader, transporting them and creating a rich atmosphere. There's clearly a lot of research done for this story?though at times evidently too much, perhaps, as it tends to get a bit verbose and bog down the narrative...

    The narrator is a sixteen year-old boy, at the start. He has an older sister. The Second World War has just ended. But there are, you know, loose ends. His parents say they must go to Singapore, and quickly. Business. No need to disrupt the children's school. They'll be reunited soon. ...

    ?We order our lives with barely held stories.? Here lies the central message of the book. The words are said by Nathaniel, the story?s central protagonist and narrator. The book opens in 1945. Nathaniel is fourteen and his sister, Rachel, almost sixteen. They live in Londo...

    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...

    This may be my favorite book so far this year. Just when I thought I may no longer be interested in reading novels, this one comes along. Superbly written: so many lines I wanted to copy down that there would be nothing left unmarked! And those sentences often not only beautifully w...

  • Dianne
    Jul 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...

  • 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...

    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...

    Now longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize and with a postscript to my review added after its longlisting. So we began a new life. I did not quite believe it then. And I am still uncertain whether the period that followed disfigured or energised my life. I was to lose the pattern an...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 There is plenty to like about this book - it is always readable, the plotting is clever and some of the stories are fascinating, but for me it never quite lived up to its potential. The opening draws you in quickly: "In 1945 our parents we...

    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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

  • Violet wells
    Jul 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

  • 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...

    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...

    Now longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize and with a postscript to my review added after its longlisting. So we began a new life. I did not quite believe it then. And I am still uncertain whether the period that followed disfigured or energised my life. I was to lose the pattern an...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 There is plenty to like about this book - it is always readable, the plotting is clever and some of the stories are fascinating, but for me it never quite lived up to its potential. The opening draws you in quickly: "In 1945 our parents we...

    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...

    [3.5 stars] A very good novel. Ondaatje has a way of capturing the reader, transporting them and creating a rich atmosphere. There's clearly a lot of research done for this story?though at times evidently too much, perhaps, as it tends to get a bit verbose and bog down the narrative...

    The narrator is a sixteen year-old boy, at the start. He has an older sister. The Second World War has just ended. But there are, you know, loose ends. His parents say they must go to Singapore, and quickly. Business. No need to disrupt the children's school. They'll be reunited soon. ...

    ?We order our lives with barely held stories.? Here lies the central message of the book. The words are said by Nathaniel, the story?s central protagonist and narrator. The book opens in 1945. Nathaniel is fourteen and his sister, Rachel, almost sixteen. They live in Londo...

    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...

    This may be my favorite book so far this year. Just when I thought I may no longer be interested in reading novels, this one comes along. Superbly written: so many lines I wanted to copy down that there would be nothing left unmarked! And those sentences often not only beautifully w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Michael Ondaatje meditates on how we construct ourselves through the past - and he does it in elegic prose, highlighting the details that become instructive to understand the bigger picture, and illustrating the human need to somehow make sense...

    On the heels of Michael Ondaatje winning the Golden Man Booker Prize for his book The English Patient, his newest novel Warlight is now on the longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize. The English Patient, which won the Man Booker in 1992, is set in 1945 and follows a cast of characte...

    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...

    What I am now was formed by whatever happened to me then, not by what I have achieved, but by how I got here ?In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who might have been criminals?: in the pantheon of great opening lines this one is right up there: simpl...

    I was drawn immediately to the title which is referenced only once in the text. A powerful novel from a master. Again the Second World War is the backdrop. Initially a coming of age story in darkened wartime London is developed into something else as the writer subtly builds up his ...

    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." 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...

    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. ...

  • Karen
    Aug 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

  • 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...

    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...

    Now longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize and with a postscript to my review added after its longlisting. So we began a new life. I did not quite believe it then. And I am still uncertain whether the period that followed disfigured or energised my life. I was to lose the pattern an...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 There is plenty to like about this book - it is always readable, the plotting is clever and some of the stories are fascinating, but for me it never quite lived up to its potential. The opening draws you in quickly: "In 1945 our parents we...

    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...

    [3.5 stars] A very good novel. Ondaatje has a way of capturing the reader, transporting them and creating a rich atmosphere. There's clearly a lot of research done for this story?though at times evidently too much, perhaps, as it tends to get a bit verbose and bog down the narrative...

    The narrator is a sixteen year-old boy, at the start. He has an older sister. The Second World War has just ended. But there are, you know, loose ends. His parents say they must go to Singapore, and quickly. Business. No need to disrupt the children's school. They'll be reunited soon. ...

    ?We order our lives with barely held stories.? Here lies the central message of the book. The words are said by Nathaniel, the story?s central protagonist and narrator. The book opens in 1945. Nathaniel is fourteen and his sister, Rachel, almost sixteen. They live in Londo...

    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...

  • 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...

    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...

    Now longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize and with a postscript to my review added after its longlisting. So we began a new life. I did not quite believe it then. And I am still uncertain whether the period that followed disfigured or energised my life. I was to lose the pattern an...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 There is plenty to like about this book - it is always readable, the plotting is clever and some of the stories are fascinating, but for me it never quite lived up to its potential. The opening draws you in quickly: "In 1945 our parents we...

    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...

    [3.5 stars] A very good novel. Ondaatje has a way of capturing the reader, transporting them and creating a rich atmosphere. There's clearly a lot of research done for this story?though at times evidently too much, perhaps, as it tends to get a bit verbose and bog down the narrative...

    The narrator is a sixteen year-old boy, at the start. He has an older sister. The Second World War has just ended. But there are, you know, loose ends. His parents say they must go to Singapore, and quickly. Business. No need to disrupt the children's school. They'll be reunited soon. ...

    ?We order our lives with barely held stories.? Here lies the central message of the book. The words are said by Nathaniel, the story?s central protagonist and narrator. The book opens in 1945. Nathaniel is fourteen and his sister, Rachel, almost sixteen. They live in Londo...

    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...

    This may be my favorite book so far this year. Just when I thought I may no longer be interested in reading novels, this one comes along. Superbly written: so many lines I wanted to copy down that there would be nothing left unmarked! And those sentences often not only beautifully w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Michael Ondaatje meditates on how we construct ourselves through the past - and he does it in elegic prose, highlighting the details that become instructive to understand the bigger picture, and illustrating the human need to somehow make sense...

    On the heels of Michael Ondaatje winning the Golden Man Booker Prize for his book The English Patient, his newest novel Warlight is now on the longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize. The English Patient, which won the Man Booker in 1992, is set in 1945 and follows a cast of characte...

    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...

    What I am now was formed by whatever happened to me then, not by what I have achieved, but by how I got here ?In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who might have been criminals?: in the pantheon of great opening lines this one is right up there: simpl...

    I was drawn immediately to the title which is referenced only once in the text. A powerful novel from a master. Again the Second World War is the backdrop. Initially a coming of age story in darkened wartime London is developed into something else as the writer subtly builds up his ...

    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." 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...

  • Hugh
    Aug 02, 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...

    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...

    Now longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize and with a postscript to my review added after its longlisting. So we began a new life. I did not quite believe it then. And I am still uncertain whether the period that followed disfigured or energised my life. I was to lose the pattern an...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 There is plenty to like about this book - it is always readable, the plotting is clever and some of the stories are fascinating, but for me it never quite lived up to its potential. The opening draws you in quickly: "In 1945 our parents we...

  • Seemita
    Jun 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

  • Gumble's Yard
    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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...

    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...

    Now longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize and with a postscript to my review added after its longlisting. So we began a new life. I did not quite believe it then. And I am still uncertain whether the period that followed disfigured or energised my life. I was to lose the pattern an...

  • Patrick
    Jul 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...

    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...

    Now longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize and with a postscript to my review added after its longlisting. So we began a new life. I did not quite believe it then. And I am still uncertain whether the period that followed disfigured or energised my life. I was to lose the pattern an...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 There is plenty to like about this book - it is always readable, the plotting is clever and some of the stories are fascinating, but for me it never quite lived up to its potential. The opening draws you in quickly: "In 1945 our parents we...

    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...

    [3.5 stars] A very good novel. Ondaatje has a way of capturing the reader, transporting them and creating a rich atmosphere. There's clearly a lot of research done for this story?though at times evidently too much, perhaps, as it tends to get a bit verbose and bog down the narrative...

    The narrator is a sixteen year-old boy, at the start. He has an older sister. The Second World War has just ended. But there are, you know, loose ends. His parents say they must go to Singapore, and quickly. Business. No need to disrupt the children's school. They'll be reunited soon. ...

    ?We order our lives with barely held stories.? Here lies the central message of the book. The words are said by Nathaniel, the story?s central protagonist and narrator. The book opens in 1945. Nathaniel is fourteen and his sister, Rachel, almost sixteen. They live in Londo...

    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...

    This may be my favorite book so far this year. Just when I thought I may no longer be interested in reading novels, this one comes along. Superbly written: so many lines I wanted to copy down that there would be nothing left unmarked! And those sentences often not only beautifully w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Michael Ondaatje meditates on how we construct ourselves through the past - and he does it in elegic prose, highlighting the details that become instructive to understand the bigger picture, and illustrating the human need to somehow make sense...

    On the heels of Michael Ondaatje winning the Golden Man Booker Prize for his book The English Patient, his newest novel Warlight is now on the longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize. The English Patient, which won the Man Booker in 1992, is set in 1945 and follows a cast of characte...

    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...

    What I am now was formed by whatever happened to me then, not by what I have achieved, but by how I got here ?In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who might have been criminals?: in the pantheon of great opening lines this one is right up there: simpl...

    I was drawn immediately to the title which is referenced only once in the text. A powerful novel from a master. Again the Second World War is the backdrop. Initially a coming of age story in darkened wartime London is developed into something else as the writer subtly builds up his ...

  • 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

  • Hannah Greendale
    Jul 29, 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

  • 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

  • Katie
    Aug 07, 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

  • Roman Clodia
    Jul 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...

    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...

    Now longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize and with a postscript to my review added after its longlisting. So we began a new life. I did not quite believe it then. And I am still uncertain whether the period that followed disfigured or energised my life. I was to lose the pattern an...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 There is plenty to like about this book - it is always readable, the plotting is clever and some of the stories are fascinating, but for me it never quite lived up to its potential. The opening draws you in quickly: "In 1945 our parents we...

    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...

    [3.5 stars] A very good novel. Ondaatje has a way of capturing the reader, transporting them and creating a rich atmosphere. There's clearly a lot of research done for this story?though at times evidently too much, perhaps, as it tends to get a bit verbose and bog down the narrative...

    The narrator is a sixteen year-old boy, at the start. He has an older sister. The Second World War has just ended. But there are, you know, loose ends. His parents say they must go to Singapore, and quickly. Business. No need to disrupt the children's school. They'll be reunited soon. ...

    ?We order our lives with barely held stories.? Here lies the central message of the book. The words are said by Nathaniel, the story?s central protagonist and narrator. The book opens in 1945. Nathaniel is fourteen and his sister, Rachel, almost sixteen. They live in Londo...

    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...

    This may be my favorite book so far this year. Just when I thought I may no longer be interested in reading novels, this one comes along. Superbly written: so many lines I wanted to copy down that there would be nothing left unmarked! And those sentences often not only beautifully w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Michael Ondaatje meditates on how we construct ourselves through the past - and he does it in elegic prose, highlighting the details that become instructive to understand the bigger picture, and illustrating the human need to somehow make sense...

    On the heels of Michael Ondaatje winning the Golden Man Booker Prize for his book The English Patient, his newest novel Warlight is now on the longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize. The English Patient, which won the Man Booker in 1992, is set in 1945 and follows a cast of characte...

    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...

    What I am now was formed by whatever happened to me then, not by what I have achieved, but by how I got here ?In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who might have been criminals?: in the pantheon of great opening lines this one is right up there: simpl...

  • Meike
    Jul 23, 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...

    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...

    Now longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize and with a postscript to my review added after its longlisting. So we began a new life. I did not quite believe it then. And I am still uncertain whether the period that followed disfigured or energised my life. I was to lose the pattern an...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 There is plenty to like about this book - it is always readable, the plotting is clever and some of the stories are fascinating, but for me it never quite lived up to its potential. The opening draws you in quickly: "In 1945 our parents we...

    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...

    [3.5 stars] A very good novel. Ondaatje has a way of capturing the reader, transporting them and creating a rich atmosphere. There's clearly a lot of research done for this story?though at times evidently too much, perhaps, as it tends to get a bit verbose and bog down the narrative...

    The narrator is a sixteen year-old boy, at the start. He has an older sister. The Second World War has just ended. But there are, you know, loose ends. His parents say they must go to Singapore, and quickly. Business. No need to disrupt the children's school. They'll be reunited soon. ...

    ?We order our lives with barely held stories.? Here lies the central message of the book. The words are said by Nathaniel, the story?s central protagonist and narrator. The book opens in 1945. Nathaniel is fourteen and his sister, Rachel, almost sixteen. They live in Londo...

    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...

    This may be my favorite book so far this year. Just when I thought I may no longer be interested in reading novels, this one comes along. Superbly written: so many lines I wanted to copy down that there would be nothing left unmarked! And those sentences often not only beautifully w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Michael Ondaatje meditates on how we construct ourselves through the past - and he does it in elegic prose, highlighting the details that become instructive to understand the bigger picture, and illustrating the human need to somehow make sense...

  • 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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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...

    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...

    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...

    In Warlight, Ondaatje has crafted an ode to twentieth-century storytelling. A purposeless hero, a disdain for plot, and a lack of sensational revelations equate to a mind-numbing read in which nothing much happens. In 1945 London, fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, R...

    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. ...

    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...

    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,...

    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...

    A very different sort of coming of age story, with the most dramatic first sentence to entice you into this world. 1945. Post war, bombed out London. Nathaniel and Ruth.. teenage brother and sister left in the care of a man called ?The Moth? a shady character, while their paren...

    I wish I hadn't read this Because then I'd still have it to read Just stunning. ...

    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...

    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...

    Now longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize and with a postscript to my review added after its longlisting. So we began a new life. I did not quite believe it then. And I am still uncertain whether the period that followed disfigured or energised my life. I was to lose the pattern an...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 There is plenty to like about this book - it is always readable, the plotting is clever and some of the stories are fascinating, but for me it never quite lived up to its potential. The opening draws you in quickly: "In 1945 our parents we...

    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...

    [3.5 stars] A very good novel. Ondaatje has a way of capturing the reader, transporting them and creating a rich atmosphere. There's clearly a lot of research done for this story?though at times evidently too much, perhaps, as it tends to get a bit verbose and bog down the narrative...

    The narrator is a sixteen year-old boy, at the start. He has an older sister. The Second World War has just ended. But there are, you know, loose ends. His parents say they must go to Singapore, and quickly. Business. No need to disrupt the children's school. They'll be reunited soon. ...

    ?We order our lives with barely held stories.? Here lies the central message of the book. The words are said by Nathaniel, the story?s central protagonist and narrator. The book opens in 1945. Nathaniel is fourteen and his sister, Rachel, almost sixteen. They live in Londo...

    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...

    This may be my favorite book so far this year. Just when I thought I may no longer be interested in reading novels, this one comes along. Superbly written: so many lines I wanted to copy down that there would be nothing left unmarked! And those sentences often not only beautifully w...

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Michael Ondaatje meditates on how we construct ourselves through the past - and he does it in elegic prose, highlighting the details that become instructive to understand the bigger picture, and illustrating the human need to somehow make sense...

    On the heels of Michael Ondaatje winning the Golden Man Booker Prize for his book The English Patient, his newest novel Warlight is now on the longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize. The English Patient, which won the Man Booker in 1992, is set in 1945 and follows a cast of characte...

    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...