Warlight

Warlight

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 Th In a narrative as mysterious as memory itself ? at once both shadowed and luminous ? Warlight is a vivid, thrilli...

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Title:Warlight
Author:Michael Ondaatje
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1787330729
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Warlight Reviews

  • Tony
    Jun 21, 2018
    The narrator is a sixteen year-old boy, at the start. He has an older sister. The Second World War has just ended. But there are, you know, loose ends. His parents say they must go to Singapore, and quickly. Business. No need to disrupt the children's school. They'll be reunited soon. ...
  • Elyse
    May 31, 2018
    Damn this was good!!!! I purposely stayed away from reviews- but now I?m dying to read what others have to say - especially since I?m ?long-winded review-retired? for the rest of 2018. From the title itself, ?Warlight?, to the luring first line in the novel - ?In 19...
  • Chrissie
    Apr 15, 2018
    ?We order our lives with barely held stories.? Here lies the central message of the book. The words are said by Nathaniel, the story?s central protagonist and narrator. The book opens in 1945. Nathaniel is fourteen and his sister, Rachel, almost sixteen. They live in Londo...
  • Will Byrnes
    Apr 30, 2018
    In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals. When we are young we rely on the people who surround us to introduce us to the world, to explain the many elements of life that can be so confusing, overwhelming, or simply opaque to young e...
  • Trish
    Jun 11, 2018
    What a beautiful book this is, and how it reminds us how many people go before us, unsung, unremarked, unremembered. A teenaged boy and his slightly older sister find themselves attending separate but proximate boarding schools rather suddenly one year while their parents have taken of...
  • Jill
    Apr 13, 2018
    The word ?warlight? suggests a murky shrouded light that serves to only partially and poorly illuminate a tableau, and indeed, this is an apt title for Michael Ondaatje?s latest book. Our narrator is a teenage boy, Nathaniel Williams, who is left, with his slightly older siste...
  • Ellie
    Jul 01, 2018
    This may be my favorite book so far this year. Just when I thought I may no longer be interested in reading novels, this one comes along. Superbly written: so many lines I wanted to copy down that there would be nothing left unmarked! And those sentences often not only beautifully w...
  • Dianne
    Jul 13, 2018
    Quiet, contemplative coming-of-age/historical fiction novel set in England in 1945 just after World War II ends. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel have been left with a mysterious caretaker, whom they dub "The Moth," while their parents travel to Singapore for a y...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    May 18, 2018
    ?Mahler put the word schwer beside certain passages in his musical scores. Meaning ?difficult.? ?Heavy.? We were told this at some point by The Moth, as if it was a warning. He said we needed to prepare for such moments in order to deal with them efficiently, in case we sudde...
  • Michael
    Jun 10, 2018
    What a terrific read, charming and nostalgic on the adventures of childhood as with his delightful "The Cat's Table", and thrilling over the persisting dangers of past transgressions in the name of country, as in his ?Anil?s Ghost.? Here we have a narrator, Nathaniel, at far post...
  • Diane S ☔
    May 08, 2018
    I am going to leave this unrated. At 35% I am putting this one down, unfinished. Usually enjoy this author for the wonderful way he uses words, and this book did have some of that, but the story just did not resonate with me. Maybe it's my mood, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime, bu...
  • Violet wells
    Jul 14, 2018
    A master craftsman at the height of his powers. I could have gone on reading this until kingdom come. If I had to compare Ondaajte's novels with a city it would be Venice. Venice which so eloquently visualises the poetic ordering demands of memory and the exalting aspirations of identi...
  • Lisa Lieberman
    Jul 07, 2018
    When one of my favorite writers releases a new book, I set aside whatever I'm in the middle of reading and leap right in. I avoid reviews. I want to come to the work fresh, knowing as little about the story as possible. I opened Warlight and prepared to enter Ondaatje territory. On...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    May 04, 2018
    3 stars Thanks to Penguin's First to Read and Knopf for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes May 8, 2018. I selected this book because of the author, Michael Ondaatje. I read his novel English Patient in the early 90's and l0ved that book. However I was much less enth...
  • Ayelet Waldman
    Apr 17, 2018
    The point of writing novels is to get early galleys of incredible novels like this one. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I?m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. ...
  • Stephen P
    May 31, 2018
    Epigraph: ?Most of the great battles are fought in the creases of topographical maps.? A world of abandonment; a young boy and his slightly older sister are left by their parents in their family home in the care of someone who they name, The Moth. Grown, our narrator is looki...
  • Faith
    Apr 15, 2018
    Warlight was the faint illumination that guided people during the blackouts. In this book it's a guide through a personal history. Nathaniel was 14 and his sister Rachel almost 16 in 1945 when their parents left for a year's stay in Singapore, leaving the children in the care of th...
  • Doug
    Jun 05, 2018
    4.5, rounded up. My only previous encounter with Ondaatje prior to this was his Booker Award-winning 'The English Patient', and this has many of the same elements - for good and ill. The good includes exquisite prose, an exciting and involving story set in the years following WW II,...
  • Stephanie Anze
    Jun 08, 2018
    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." So begins fourteen-year-old Nathaniel's story. His parents announce that they will be leaving to Singapore for a year and leaving him and his sister Rachel in the care of their boarder "T...
  • Nancy
    Apr 08, 2018
    "In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." Warlight From the opening line, I fell into under the spell of Nathaniel's story about how he and his sister Rachel were abandoned at ages fourteen and sixteen to the care of relative str...
  • Seemita
    Jun 28, 2018
    When the weapon inflicting a wound is done with its work, it hops onto to its next victim with a repugnant nonchalance. It doesn?t look back, it has barely any emotion. But it does not do the disappearing act before leaving behind the story of the 'scar' ? the scar hidden inside th...
  • Dave
    Apr 28, 2018
    Quite often novels come right out at the very start and illustrate what's at stake, what matters, and where things are going. Not so in Warlight where Ondaatje starts with a bizarre situation of two children abandoned by their parents during wartime England and left with a collection o...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Jun 05, 2018
    So we began a new life. I did not quite believe it then. And I am still uncertain whether the period that followed disfigured or energised my life. I was to lose the pattern and restraint of family habits during that time and, as a result, later on, there would be a hesitancy in me, a...
  • Patrick
    Jul 04, 2018
    I was drawn immediately to the title which is referenced only once in the text. A powerful novel from a master. Again the Second World War is the backdrop. Initially a coming of age story in darkened wartime London is developed into something else as the writer subtly builds up his ...
  • Netta
    May 18, 2018
    I bet you've already read this book many times. Imagine a coming of age novel (sort of) with a protagonist - a boy - whose life was torn apart by something which no ordinary human being can control (let's say, WW2, as it suits so many purposes of modern fiction). Imagine this said boy ...
  • Roger Brunyate
    May 11, 2018
    A Lost Inheritance We continued through the dark, quiet waters of the river, feeling we owned it, as far as the estuary. We passed industrial buildings, their lights muted, faint as stars, as if we were in a time capsule of the war years when blackouts and curfews were in effect,...
  • Tammy
    Mar 11, 2018
    This might have been a coming of age novel but it?s not. It might have been a post WWII novel but it?s not. It might have been a family drama of sorts but it?s not. The narration is messy, the plot is pointless and the premise is unbelievable. Warlight meandered about without a g...
  • Andrea Johnston
    Mar 25, 2018
    Beginning as I do at the beginning, and taking two steps back to reflect, I have to say that I was ready (and raring) to give "Warlight" a bad review. Especially after I read some of the other reviews on the work. However, upon the completion of those two important backward steps and t...
  • Lori
    May 26, 2018
    Your parents left you with two dodgy characters while they left for a year-long trip! Neither our storyteller, Nathaniel (Stitch) nor his sister, Rachel (Wren) know either man very well. He slowly unravels answers. Each one reveals more questions. It?s probably better that way. ...
  • Truman32
    May 21, 2018
    Michael Ondaatje?s wonderful new novel, Warlight, tells the story of fourteen-year old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel as they are abandoned at their post-war London home by their secret-agent parents. This might possibly be one of the biggest cases of child neglect since my ow...