Book Discussion: "Warlight," led by Nancy Buehler

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Nancy Buehler leads a discussion of prize-winning author Michael Ondaatje's latest work, Warlight.  There's so much to discuss here! Please join us.

 

In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself--shadowed and luminous at once--we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings' mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn't know and understand in that time, and it is this journey--through facts, recollection, and imagination--that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.

"[Ondaatje] casts a magical spell, as he takes you into his half-lit world of war and love, death and loss, and the dark waterways of the past." --Hermione Lee, New York Review of Books

"Mr. Ondaatje has stepped into John de la CarrĂ©'s world of spies and criminals...his novel views history as a child would, in ignorance but also innocence and wonder." --Sam Sacks, WSJ

"[An] intricate and absorbing novel. . . . This is a book rich with detail. The reader is bound to be conscious of a hidden ballast of research, the seven-eighths of the iceberg without which the thing would founder, but so deft is the writing that you forget this, simply appreciating the meticulous background that brings alive a time and a place. --Penelope Lively, The New York Times Book Review

Event date: 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
Warlight: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521198
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf - May 8th, 2018

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From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.