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Buy this book. Then buy it for everyone you know.
on 31 May 2000
This book deserves more than five stars. Michael Ondaatje's writing always hovers about between poetry and prose. This is perhaps my favourite book in the world, because even that balance is somehow transcended. Here is a new form; here is English made new. It's exquisite, delicate, violent, human, perfect. The people are rich as clotted cream and brittle as knives. You'll get splinters off the wood of their houses and dust in your eyes. This book is impossibly good.