18 November 2008

literary envy


Have you ever read something so excellent that you wished you' d written it yourself? That's what I experienced when I read Ondaatje's Divisadero. Before I read it I remember hearing that he'd won the Governor General's Award for it and being kind of disappointed, thinking that they'd given it to an established author just because he'd written a new novel. Then, I read it. And let me tell you, Ondaatje didn't just write another novel. He wrote the masterwork of his career, in my opinion. He has a way of writing that is is so real that you can feel everything he tells you about - it's amazing. Read the book, friends. You won't regret it. 

2 comments:

Maria Rose said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I have been looking for something newer to read. I have been stuck on the classics for too long.

Michael (Bubbles) said...

Ah, one day...