Running in the Family Character Descriptions

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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.


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.


This person was invited to spend a summer in England in the 1920s.

Maureen Ondaatje

This person had two daughters and an...

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