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A quartet of vibrant characters animates Ondaatje's reclaimed Toronto. Farm-boy Patrick Lewis relocates to Toronto with a dual inheritance: a habit of solitude and a marketable skill with dynamite. Nicholas Temelcoff is a daredevil builder on the Bloor St. Viaduct eager for the most dangerous and acrobatic jobs. Alice Gull transforms the dedication of an early vocation into the passions of an actress and a political revolutionary. Italian thief David Caravaggio robs "the mean rich, the soft rich" and (literally) paints his way out of prison.
Virtuosos in isolation, the characters are beset by forces beyond their control. Ondaatje's tale ends up questioning the very abilities that it so delights in depicting: might the "solitary" strength of a hero be a curse rather than a blessing? Rewriting as it does the history of a growing, multicultural metropolis, In the Skin of a Lion plays with public history and private passion to examine the very fabric of community. --Darryl Whetter --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
...gripping and funny and sexy and sad and insightful and introspective and nostalgic and erotic and interesting and ________. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2012 by David Sabine
... but there is order here, very faint, very human." This should be the first sentence of every novel, the narrator reflects midway in Michael Ondaatje extraordinary novel. Read morePublished on July 6 2009 by Friederike Knabe
This is supposed to be a classic, highly recommened to me by a literate friend. I agree that it is poetic, and has a gossamer feel to it. But, I found it a tedious read. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by David C Polk
This is supposed to be a classic, highly recommened to me by a literate friend. I agree that it is poetic, and has a gossimer feel to it. But, I found it a tedious read. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by David C Polk
The leading character never seems to think. He just follows his impulses without ever seeming to question whether the impulses are moral or immoral, sane or crazy. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2002
This is a wonderful novel, well worth a read. It is not quick work, as the reader becomes lost in Ondaatje's poetic prose. Read morePublished on May 16 2002 by Aron Neil Solomon
As some of the reviewers have said, _In The Skin Of A Lion_ must be read slowly to be truly appreciated, otherwise much of the subtleties of this beautifully written, poetic, and... Read morePublished on April 15 2002 by IRA Ross
I am a high school student, and I am reading this book for an English course. I had a list of books to choose from, and for some reason I chose this one. Read morePublished on March 21 2002 by "blink_baby_00"
There is no more poetic and skillful an author on the scene today and this book is a fine illustration of his extraordinary talent. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2001 by "beachillen"