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Anil's Ghost

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Graceful, Concentrated

Ondaatji, the author of The English Patient, reveals key points in the worldwide search for hidden graves through a tough, dedicated and incredibly focused heroine. This struggle for human rights comes vividly alive through a lush and moving history of Sri Lanka, ever ...
Ondaatji, the author of The English Patient, reveals key points in the worldwide search for hidden graves through a tough, dedicated and incredibly focused heroine. This struggle for human rights comes vividly alive through a lush and moving history of Sri Lanka, ever a victim of arms dealers. A deeply emotional and intense tale.

posted by Anonymous on January 22, 2014

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

flat and pretentious

My first thought when finishing Anil's Ghost was 'I hated that.' But I honestly didn't hate it. I was just bored the whole time I was reading it. Ondaatje's style reminded me of Louise Erdrich 'author of Love Medicine'--by that I mean he used metaphors and 'big words...
My first thought when finishing Anil's Ghost was 'I hated that.' But I honestly didn't hate it. I was just bored the whole time I was reading it. Ondaatje's style reminded me of Louise Erdrich 'author of Love Medicine'--by that I mean he used metaphors and 'big words' almost awkwardly, as though trying to prove his prowess as a writer. I also feel the need to mention that the dialogue was not marked by any 'he said' or 'she said'. It just went on and on without any indication of who was speaking, and I found myself having to count the lines to figure out who said what. In addition, there was no change in tone. It didn't matter if someone was being sliced open by a knife, a skeleton being found, or Anil was out buying food the tone stayed exactly the same, which gave the book an extremely flat narration. This is part of the reason it failed to hold my interest. Another reason was the characters. I liked Anil, but as the book went on, the reader hears less and less about Anil, and more about characters that are less likeable. Lastly, the plot was constantly halted by episodes that, while they drew the reader's attention to certain political or personal strifes, did not, in my opinion, really enrich the plot at all. The novel stradles the line between being episodic and being a flowing story. I wanted it to pick one or the other--but it didn't. I don't want to say it was all bad, because it wasn't. Ondaatje portrayed Sri Lanka very well, and through his knowledge and description the country was illustrated very vividly. Overall, I would say if you REALLY want to read this book, don't waste your money buying it. Get it out of the library first.

posted by Anonymous on July 19, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Graceful, Concentrated

    Ondaatji, the author of The English Patient, reveals key points in the worldwide search for hidden graves through a tough, dedicated and incredibly focused heroine. This struggle for human rights comes vividly alive through a lush and moving history of Sri Lanka, ever a victim of arms dealers. A deeply emotional and intense tale.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    I read this book several years ago, and am buying it for my Nook

    I read this book several years ago, and am buying it for my Nook to read again.  I've never forgotten many of the scenes that stayed in my mind and sort of haunted me.


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  • Posted December 22, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Anil's Ghost offers a good solid read paired with suspense, drama and good old fashioned fun.

    The story pulls the reader in by first detailing forensic specifics on a crime. Then, by use of push and pull, the reader is led back and forth in time and events with adventures, mystery, suspense and love all along the way. Thrown in for good measure are cultural and historical details which make the story vivid and which tug at the reader. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2007

    Grasping Novel

    Anil¿s Ghost was a grasping, suspenseful and insightful novel. Anil, native to Sri Lanka, furthers her education in the Western world and returns to Sri Lanka to do anthropologist work for an international organization. As she undertakes the challenges of being a ¿foreigner¿ the novel¿s plot advances in complexity as the trails between man and corruption and discover progress. Anil¿s Ghost is a timeless novel as it touches the topics of love, corruption, mystery, understanding and quest. This novel is gripping and tantalizing to a broad audience as the author develops Anil¿s experience trying to discover if the government was directly related to a murder. It is capturing because it presents the concept that the government may not always be correct. The author creates a wonderful novel with her ability to capture the emotions of her characters. She achieves this through her realistic description of the daily routines and culture that the people of Sri Lanka live within. This was a horizon broadening book that was wonderful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2003

    Confusing?

    I read thsi book for a project in english class and it was a good book. It was confusing at times, but it was good. The ending was bad. The story ended for all of the chracters except the main character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2000

    Saddest story beautifully told

    The beautiful prose in this book is absolutely reminiscent of 'The English Patient' but the story is much harder to handle. If nothing else this book will bring to the reading public's attention the near-hopelessness of the situation in Sri Lanka. This story is very tough on your compassion mechanisms because of the apparent lack of any solution to the horror of multiple-sided open and clandestine warfare in the country. I loved the characters in the book. They are truly wonderful but most are not drawn fully enough for me, described only in enough depth to augment the central story of the discovery and identification of the skeleton that is central to the story. I loved the wonderful rich poetic style that the author is known for, and I loved the spare but rich wording of his various situations and flashbacks, but the book for me was tough because of its inherent sadness and hopelessness. A beautiful book about a terrible situation. But I wouldn't miss it for the world.

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    Posted April 19, 2009

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    Posted December 13, 2008

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