Running in the family is an impressionistically written and reflective memoir of michael ondaatjes eccentric ceylonese family the book begins with a series of disjointed stories about ondaatjes parents and grandparents. Running in the family was difficult to read and dive into at first the writing style is disjointed and the timeline of the narrative jumbles and hops around within each section of chapters the paragraph could begin with a story about the narrators grandmother and end with paddies and riding on trains. Running in the family is a fictionalized memoir written in post modern style involving aspects of magic realism by michael ondaatjeit deals with his return to his native island of sri lanka also called ceylon in the late 1970s it also deals with his family much of the focus falls on his father mervyn ondaatje and his scandalous drunken antics. Michael ondaatjes running in the family is a novel about exploring boundaries especially the boundaries between different style of writing and specifically the boundaries of genre i will be looking at these different genres and explaining the effect that they have on the memoir itself. Michael ondaatjes autobiographical novel running in the family is an imaginative reconstruction of the authors family history a mixture of fact and fiction the novel chronicles ondaatje
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