Michael Ondaatje - This person lived in Ceylon until he was eleven and longed to know his father.
Mervyn Ondaatje - This person was sent to England to attend a university, lied to his parents about attending college and suffered from dipsomania.
Doris Gratiaen - This person worked in hotels in Ceylon and England and was married fourteen years before seeking a divorce.
Lalla - This person was an eccentric who lived a wild life but spent most of her days alone.
Philip Ondaatje - This person was described as loving, yet family members feared him.
Gillian Ondaatje - This person is the author's sister who helped do research for the book.
Noel Gratiaen - This person bought duty-free alcohol from ships and joined the Ceylon Light Infantry because his friend joined.
Phyllis - This person was invited to spend a summer in England in the 1920s...
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