what i'm reading: michael ondaatje

After a run of some excellent nonfiction, it's time to give my brain a rest and read a few novels.

I love literature, adore novels, but in recent years am having a hard time finding novels that hold my interest. More and more literary novels are dissatisfying to me. I don't know if my standards have become unreasonably high, or if now I just prefer nonfiction. But I read book reviews, write down titles, go the library or a used bookstore with a list, and end up disliking most of them. I'm not proud of this, I don't like it, but there's nothing I can do about it.

This morning I went Mississauga's wonderful Central Library and came home with an armful of books. As always, I'll only write about the ones I like.

I'm finally reading Michael Ondaatje's In the Skin of a Lion, which has been recommended to me by many wmtc readers and Toronto friends.

I started it this afternoon and I'm devouring it. I've read many historical novels set in New York City - in fact, I read so many that I OD'd on the subgenre and had to stop reading them altogether - so I'm very familiar with this type of book. This one is very good.

I'm glad I didn't read In the Skin of a Lion earlier, that I waited (although not purposely) until I had more knowledge of Toronto. I'm getting a lot more out of it now than I would have three years ago. I'm also happy that a book that's been recommended to me so many times turns out to be so good. Everyone wanted me to watch Rick Mercer, and we know how that worked out.


L-girl said...

I know it's hard to get publicity for a book, but my blog is not a billboard. Ads disguised as comments are spam.

L-girl said...

Thank you for your apology (which I assume you did not wish to be public).

It is not considered good blog etiquette for someone who has never commented before to leave a comment directing readers to their own work. It would be different if you were a frequent commenter - or for that matter, had ever commented on this blog at all.

It is usually very obvious when the sole purpose of a comment is to try to direct readers to another site. That is spam, and I don't allow it here.

I believe that is what you were doing. If I'm wrong, so be it, but I prefer to err on the side of caution.

Thanks for your understanding, and good luck with your book.

redsock said...

Paul: L mentioned to me the two comments she rejected.

You said you thought you were joining a discussion. However, there were no previous comments, so no discussion had begun. And your comment -- which was little more than "Ondaatje is a good writer, you can buy my book here" -- was not an attempt to start a discussion.

If you had instead written about Ondaatje and what you liked about his work in general, or "In The Skin Of A Lion" in particular, that would have been the start of a discussion. And even if you had begun a sentence with something like "As an author ...", as long as it did not link to anything, I'm pretty sure the comment would have been approved.

JakeNCC said...

Just wanted to let you know that I read up on your previous Mercer posts. I hadn't done that before or I would have known you just don't care for him. Sorry.

L-girl said...

Jake, it's no problem! It's all in good fun. Now that I know you're not Mags. :)