Running in the Family Characters

This Study Guide consists of approximately 22 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Running in the Family.
This section contains 710 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Running in the Family Study Guide

Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje is perhaps the main character in the book. He is also its author. Ondaatje is a well-known novelist and poet who currently lived in Canada. He is best known for writing The English Patient, but Running in the Family is a partly fictionalized memoir of his life growing up in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and his family members who lived there.

The book is compiled from records Ondaatje collected and memories from his youth revived during two trips to Sri Lanka later in his life, one in 1978 and the other in 1980. He deliberately cobbled together these stories in a non-chronological often stream-of-consciousness style in order to paint a "portrait" or make a "gesture" towards the reality of his family life and the depth of the themes he wanted to explore.

For the large majority of the book, Michael is a young boy; since he left...

(read more)

This section contains 710 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Running in the Family Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
Running in the Family from BookRags. (c)2016 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook