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The bodies turn up weekly now. The height of the terror was 'eighty-eight and 'eighty-nine, but of course it was going on long before that. Every side was killing and hiding the evidence. Every side. This is an unofficial war, no one wants to alienate the foreign powers. So it's secret gangs and squads. Not like Central America. The government was not the only one doing the killing.In such a situation, it's difficult to know who to trust. Anil's colleague is one Sarath Diyasena, a Sri Lankan archaeologist whose political affiliations, if any, are murky. Together they uncover evidence of a government-sponsored murder in the shape of a skeleton they nickname Sailor. But as Anil begins her investigation into the events surrounding Sailor's death, she finds herself caught in a web of politics, paranoia, and tragedy.
Like its predecessor, the novel explores that territory where the personal and the political intersect in the fulcrum of war. Its style, though, is more straightforward, less densely poetical. While many of Ondaatje's literary trademarks are present--frequent shifts in time, almost hallucinatory imagery, the gradual interweaving of characters' pasts with the present--the prose here is more accessible. This is not to say that the author has forgotten his poetic roots; subtle, evocative images abound. Consider, for example, this description of Anil at the end of the day, standing in a pool of water, "her toes among the white petals, her arms folded as she undressed the day, removing layers of events and incidents so they would no longer be within her." In Anil's Ghost Michael Ondaatje has crafted both a brutal examination of internecine warfare and an enduring meditation on identity, loyalty, and the unbreakable hold the past exerts over the present. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book was annoying to read at parts. The author seemed to forget what he had previously described, like the water "burial" 90 pages in which the depth of the water changes... Read morePublished 2 days ago by L. M. Christon
Anil a forensic scientist based in us goes to shrilanka on a short assignment.she is teamed up with sharath a local scientist in Colombo. Read morePublished 7 days ago by D souza
Art imitates life. The alleged massacre in question is fictional. It never happened. This is a work of fiction. Read morePublished 9 days ago by southasia
If I could give Anil's Ghost 3.5 stars, I would.
On the plus side, much of the writing is stunning and Ondaatje creates images that will stay with me forever. Read more
It seems to me that this book is about the search for intimacy, purpose, humanity. Each of the main characters has experienced loss and has become numb and exhausted, incapable of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hilary Jacobson
I'm traveling to Sri Lanka this winter and there aren't many books out there about this small country; "Anil's Ghost" was recommended reading by my tour company. Read morePublished 6 months ago by AspenGal