Decoda’s Summer Reading 2018 – Christie Case
Date posted: July 11, 2018
My summer reading wish list is unrealistically long. It’s always too long, and that’s exactly how I like it. If I can’t spend my entire summer laying on the grass reading book after book, I like to at least allow myself room to consider what I would be reading, if I could.
It’s quite likely that I will only read a small handful of novels this summer. I have young kids, (who also have long reading lists and read-to-me lists and can-you-fix this-toy-I-can’t-find-its-other-wheel lists) and sometimes by the end of the day I can only get through a page or two of my own book before falling asleep.
However, I did just pick up Warlight by Michael Ondaatje from the library. It’s marked as a Fast Read and I have it for one week. I didn’t get to read it at all for the first two days I had it, and now I’m far enough into it that returning it without reading it all would be disappointing.
I haven’t read all of Michael Ondaatje’s books, but I’ve loved the ones I have read. Ondaatje’s style is both poetic and readable. I find myself genuinely attached to his characters, and so far, Warlight is no exception. Its protagonists, teenage siblings Nathaniel and Rachel, are left in post-war London with a caregiver who is both unknown to them, and as it turns out, quite unknowable to most.
I’ve heard Warlight described as the “B-side” of Ondaatje’s first book, The English Patient. I look forward to falling deeper into the story and deciding for myself how I would best describe it. As a matter of fact, if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll do that now. Clock’s ticking, you know.