2018 EDITORS' CHOICE.

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    • Publication Date:
      Essay last updated: 20190121
    • Lexile:
      880
    • Full Text Word Count:
      3301
    • ISSN:
      00067385
    • Accession Number:
      134196680
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      2018 Editors’ Choice. Booklist, [s. l.], v. 115, n. 9/10, p. 6–17, 2019. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=lfh&AN=134196680&custid=s6224580. Acesso em: 21 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      2018 Editors’ Choice. Booklist. 2019;115(9/10):6-17. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=lfh&AN=134196680&custid=s6224580. Accessed January 21, 2020.
    • APA:
      2018 Editors’ Choice. (2019). Booklist, 115(9/10), 6–17. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=lfh&AN=134196680&custid=s6224580
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      “2018 Editors’ Choice.” 2019. Booklist 115 (9/10): 6–17. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=lfh&AN=134196680&custid=s6224580.
    • Harvard:
      ‘2018 Editors’ Choice’ (2019) Booklist, 115(9/10), pp. 6–17. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=lfh&AN=134196680&custid=s6224580 (Accessed: 21 January 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      ‘2018 Editors’ Choice’ 2019, Booklist, vol. 115, no. 9/10, pp. 6–17, viewed 21 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      “2018 Editors’ Choice.” Booklist, vol. 115, no. 9/10, Jan. 2019, pp. 6–17. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=lfh&AN=134196680&custid=s6224580.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      “2018 Editors’ Choice.” Booklist 115, no. 9/10 (January 2019): 6–17. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=lfh&AN=134196680&custid=s6224580.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      2018 Editors’ Choice. Booklist [Internet]. 2019 Jan [cited 2020 Jan 21];115(9/10):6–17. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=lfh&AN=134196680&custid=s6224580

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 April #2

*Starred Review* The smoke has yet to clear in war-battered 1945 London when Nathaniel, 14, and his sister, Rachel, 16, are left in the care of a man they call the Moth, about whom they know nearly nothing. Nathaniel is certain that the Moth and his curious friends, especially the former boxer known as the Darter, are criminals, and, indeed, he is soon caught up in strange and dangerous undertakings involving barges on the Thames at night and clandestine deliveries. Even Nathaniel's first sexual relationship is illicit, as the young lovers meet in empty houses, thanks to her real-estate agent brother. Evidence slowly accrues suggesting that Nathaniel and Rachel's mother, Rose, may be with British intelligence. Ondaatje's (The Cat's Table, 2011) gorgeous, spellbinding prose is precise and lustrous, witty, and tender. As the painful truth of this fractured family emerges and Rose's riveting story takes center stage, Ondaatje balances major and minor chords, sun and shadow, with masterful grace beautifully concentrated in "warlight," his term for the sparest possible illumination during the city's defensive blackouts. With vivid evocations of place, quiet suspense, exquisite psychological portraiture, and spotlighted historical events—a legendary chess game; horrific, hidden postwar vengeance; and the mass destruction of government archives—Ondaatje's drolly charming, stealthily sorrowful tale casts subtle light on secret skirmishes and wounds sustained as war is slowly forged into peace. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A concerted publicity effort and cross-country author tour will support this stellar novel by a literary giant with a tremendous readership. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 December #1

The multi-award-winning author of The English Patientturns in a new novel both mysterious and dramatic, featuring 14-year-old Nathaniel and older sister Rachel, whose parents leave them in the care of a shadowy and possibly criminal individual called the Moth when they move to Singapore in 1945. The Moth's friends, connected by wartime service, have lots to teach the siblings, who face more confusion when the siblings' mother returns, mum about their father.

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LJ Reviews 2018 April #2

In 2017, Ondaatje (The English Patient, The Cat's Table) donated his personal archive, complete with his notebooks and correspondence with Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood, to the University of Texas, allowing the public a glimpse into his detailed and intricate approach to narrative, language, and anatomy of his novels. Here, Ondaatje weaves writings and newspaper articles into a narrative about the complexity of family history within the long shadow of World War II. Reflecting on the gaps in his own family history and his mother's mysterious disappearance when he was a teen, Nathaniel searches for a way to better understand his mother's idiosyncrasies. Through archival recordings and interviews with the eccentric characters from his childhood, a mosaic slowly emerges that illuminates not only his mother's story but the forgotten lives buried under the history of war. VERDICT Ondaatje's prose encapsulates readers in the dreariness of London and the claustrophobic confines of Nathaniel's experience, explicating the verbosity of silence that lingers in the haunting aftermath of global war. [See Prepub Alert, 11/6/17.]—Joshua Finnell, Colgate Univ., Hamilton, NY

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