In the late 1970s Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. As he records his journey through the drug-like heat and intoxicating fragrances of that "pendant off the ear of India, " Ondaatje simultaneously retraces the baroque mythology of his Dutch-Ceylonese family. An inspired travel narrative and family memoir by an exceptional writer.
Hallucinatory... Deeply personal... It haunts me still in the best way. It's a specific voice so it's not right to compare it but there is certainly a kinship of sorts to Garcia Marquez Just read it. He put his blood on the pages.