Why I love Michael Ondaatje

I mentioned I was reading In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje in my last post.

I love reading his books and poetry, they leave the reader feeling what ever he wants you to feel. And I had to smile at a segment in the book I am reading now:

“Only the best art can order the chaotic tumble of events. Only the best can realign chaos to suggest both the chaos and order it will become.

Within two years of 1066, work began on the Bayeux Tapestry, Constantin the African brought Greek medicine to the western world. The chaos and tumble of events. The first sentence of every novel should be: “Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human.” Meander if you want to get to town.”

I think this is the way he writes all his books. I read and imagine how he must see his world – it must be absolutely fantastic. Reading what Ondaatje writes reminds me to look at things with different eyes.

2 thoughts on “Why I love Michael Ondaatje

  1. cozyegg

    What a wonderful quote. I think I have only read one book by him – The English Patient, I think. So moving.


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