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Warlight is a story of espionage and intrigue, set in London in two distinct time spaces: the 1940s and 1959. In the 1940s narrative, Nathaniel, his sister Rachel and their parents have survived the war. Surviving the peace will not be so easy. First Nathaniel’s father leaves to work in Asia, and then his mother disappears. He and Rachel are brought up in the family home by a revolving cast of strange men who seem to drift around the edges of the criminal underworld. There are shady dealings with greyhounds and furtive nocturnal sailings up and down the Thames in a mussel barge. Nathaniel
Michael Ondaatje - Anil's Ghost - 2000 I love books about history and/or novels from other parts of this world. Anil's Ghost combines the two. The language in this book is wonderful, I could read on like this for ages. Even though the story is not "nice" (given the subject), I really enjoyed reading it, getting to know the characters and finding out more about the history of this country, something not as widely known in this part of the world as some others. I guess, Sri Lanka doesn't look important enough. (thread first started 22.06.06)
This is a novel in 3 chapters which could almost be read as 3 separate stories. In the first part, we learn the story of Anna and Claire (brought up as sisters, but not related by blood) and Coop, adopted by their father when his family is murdered. A life-changing event splits the family apart and the rest of part one follows each of the three individuals: Anna becomes an academic who goes to France to research an author, Lucien Segura; Coop becomes a professional gambler and Claire becomes an investigator for the public defence office. The initial story is heart-wrenching and the ind