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New PDF release: Divisadero

By Michael Ondaatje

ISBN-10: 0307279324

ISBN-13: 9780307279323

From the distinguished writer of The English Patient and Anil's Ghost comes a amazing, intimate novel of intersecting lives that levels throughout continents and time. within the Seventies in Northern California a father and his teenage daughters, Anna and Claire, paintings their farm with assistance from Coop, an enigmatic younger guy who makes his domestic with them. Theirs is a makeshift kin, till it truly is shattered by way of an incident of violence that units fireplace to the remainder of their lives. Divisadero takes us from San Francisco to the raucous backrooms of Nevada's casinos and finally to the panorama of southern France. because the narrative strikes from side to side via time and position, we discover all of the characters looking for a few foothold in a gift shadowed through the previous.

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At this clearing a woman was traded for a site. It was as if there were a novella by Balzac round every bend. Prospectors now drove up in Airstreams, pulling gas-fuelled dredges to suck up whatever remained on the river bottoms. A century of flooding and storms had knocked loose the gold from the prehistoric beds, sluicing it down into the rivers. Miners in wetsuits were ‘sniping’ the streams, and swam in the underwater darkness holding giant cauldrons of light. Everything about gold was in opposition to Coop’s life on our farm.

He knew that if he walked forward, in the direction the branch pointed, he would hit the fence just above the gate. As he began climbing the angle of the hill, he hung on to that small line of a direction. His body stepped into the fence, and he promised himself when he was on the other side he would sit for a while, rest forever. But when he was over it he kept walking, one hand holding the fence wire, in the direction of their farmhouse. It would be only a hundred yards more. He had no idea who would be there.

The year Claire cut most of her hair and grew more distant, the year I stared out, wild-eyed, everything in me a secret. Why was Coop never in our father’s photographs? There were a few pictures taken of him, but these seemed preoccupied with texture and light. And there were some abstract reflections of him in a window, or of his shadow on the grass or on the flank of an animal. How many things could you throw your image against? In any case, it was Coop who had found us that evening in the barn and had mistaken our identities, who had eventually come over to me and lifted me into his embrace and said, ‘Claire, my god, Claire,’ and I had thought, Then I am not Anna, then that must be Anna over there.

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