Warlight

Warlight

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 04/04/2019
In stock
Usually dispatched within 2-3 working days
Make and edit your lists in your account
No stock available in any shop.

Bookseller Reviews

View all
Warlight
Every character, every line, every action, has purpose
Warlight is a story of two children in the care of a circle of criminals, ill-fitting guardians trying to make a living in the post-war era. The reader emb... READ MORE
Elizabeth Champion

Synopsis

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018. In his first novel since The Cat’s Table, Michael Ondaatje relates a story of lives built and undone in the closing hours and long aftermath of the Second World War. ‘The ending of wars is always kind of a treacherous time… all these deals are being made, contracts are being signed… all those hidden things that go on.’ – Michael Ondaatje, Interviewed in The Toronto Star. In a narrative as mysterious as memory itself - at once both shadowed and luminous - Warlight is a vivid, thrilling novel of violence and love, intrigue and desire. It is 1945, and London is still reeling from the Blitz and years of war. 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister, Rachel, are apparently abandoned by their parents, left in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women with a shared history, all of whom seem determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he didn't know or understand in that time, and it is this journey - through reality, recollection, and imagination - that is told in this magnificent novel. Dickensian in its scope and ambition Warlight returns to many of the themes that inhabited Michael Ondaatje’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel The English Patient. The result is an intensely affecting novel of memory and fragmented identity set at a pivotal historic moment of flux.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784708344
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 213g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm

Customer Reviews