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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.
Beautifully written complicated story. Shows the reader a world foreign to most of us. The use of language is descriptive , filled with scenes so powerful the reader can smell ,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by hoppergirl
I am a slow reader and I had to always reread each time to remember what I had read. It took me quite a while as I just could not get into the story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maureen K. Schweitzer
Anil Tissera was born in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, to a prosperous family, where she achieved a small degree of fame by winning a notable swimming race as a school girl. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Darryl R. Morris
Sri Lanka in its glory and misery. Ondaatje never puts a foot wrong. This is hard material though - such delicate sadness.Published 5 months ago by Dr. T. Panch
Anil's Ghost tells of the horrendous conflict that has been going on for many years in Sri Lanka. The story weaves between Sri Lanka and other parts of the world, often appearing... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Margaret Elizabeth Fox
The book grows on you but it is not easy to follow along with, and definitely not written in the style of some of his more famous books. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elaine
I listened to this book and do think that - as with a play - it was also written to be heard. Alan Cummings' narrative genius captures the author's lyricism, making it - as with a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Saint Exupery