Bookmarks at the Museum reviews two books by Michael Ondaatje
May 16 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Brown Mansion - Chesterton
Dennis Norman will review two novels by Michael Ondaatje, as well as discuss the Man Booker Prize for Bookmarks at the Museum on Thursday, May 16, at 2 p.m. at the Westchester Township History Museum. Bookmarks takes place on the third Thursday of the month at the museum, and on the third Friday of the month at Michigan City Public Library.
Ondaatje’s The English Patient traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an abandoned Italian villa at the end of World War II. And at the center of his labyrinth lies the English patient, nameless and hideously burned, a man who is both a riddle and a provocation to his companions—and whose memories of suffering, rescue, and betrayal illuminate this book like flashes of heat lightning.
In his novel, Warlight, it is 1945 and London is still reeling from years of war. Fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, Rachel, have been left in the care of an enigmatic figure they call The Moth. They suspect he may be a criminal and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends. And how should Nathaniel and Rachel feel when their mother returns without their father after months of silence? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he didn’t know or understand during that time, and it is this journey—through reality, recollection, and imagination—that is told in this magnificent novel.
It is not necessary to read the books before attending. Books are available at both Thomas and Hageman branches. Refreshments will be served.
The Westchester Township History Museum, a free cultural and educational service of Westchester Public Library, is housed in the Brown Mansion at 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton. The museum is open to the public Wednesday-Sunday from 1-5 p.m., or by appointment. For more information call the museum at 983-9715.
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