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Running in the Family Summary
Michael Ondaatje

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Running in the Family Summary

Plot Summary

Running in the Family is written by a Sri Lankan-born Canadian novelist and poet, Philip Michael Ondaatje. He is best known for writing The English Patient. But this book is not a work of fiction; instead, it is something of a memoir from his youth in Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon). It is partially fictionalized. The book is written in close to postmodern style, with stream of consciousness writing, writing from the perspective of different real-life individuals and refraining from stringing narrative together in an orderly fashion.

The focus of the book is Michael's family. The Ondaatje family had lived in Ceylon for centuries, so he has a large number of relatives who live there. The main focus of the book is on his alcoholic father, Mervyn Ondaatje. He also focuses on his outrageous grandmother Lalla.

In the acknowledgments, Michael notes that his book is a "composite...

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