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book group selection vindicated,
This review is from: In the Skin of a Lion (Picador Books) (Paperback)
I chose this book for my book group after I read a newspaper review of an Ondaatje novel about civil engineering set in Canada. Might not sound promising, and things could have got worse when I recommended the English Patient to my 18 year old daughter for holiday reading. It sounded like Ondaatje was heading for the bad sex award when he described his likening of a man's bodily part to a seahorse....But don't switch off! In the Skin of a Lion is a wonderful book. He juggles the stories of a number of characters all set in and around Toronto in the early 20th century. Some may take issue with the poetics and the jumps from character to character but to me Ondaatje is constantly testing himself to the limit and it works. It is a wonderful account of the Canadian landscape, both rural and urban, of the early immigrant communities in North America and the race literally to build a new world at sometimes terrible cost. Read it!