Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje Quotes

  • ''The first sentence of every novel should be: "Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human." Meander if you want to get to town.''
    Michael Ondaatje (b. 1943), Canadian novelist. "Palace of Purification," bk. 2, In the Skin of a Lion (1987).
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  • ''The past is still, for us, a place that is not safely settled.''
    Michael Ondaatje (b. 1943), Canadian novelist. The Faber Book of Contemporary Canadian Short Stories, introduction (1990).

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On the warm July river
head back

upside down river
for a roof

slowly paddling
towards an estuary between trees

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