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Book review: Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje’s second book Running in the Family (1982) is set in Sri Lanka where he was born in 1943, and is ostensibly a family memoir. In truth, the book's free form narrative structure also embraces fiction, history, anecdotes, and travelogue, interspersed with a selection of Ondaatje’s poems.

Ondaatje’s heritage is Dutch and Ceylonese: his father was Tamil and his mother, Doris…