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  • Divisadero

  • By: Michael Ondaatje
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

In the 1970s in Northern California, near Gold Rush country, a father and his teenage daughters, Anna and Claire, work their farm with the help of Coop, an enigmatic young man who makes his home with them. Theirs is a makeshift family, until it is riven by an incident of violence that sets fire to the rest of their lives.

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  • By Robin Dreyer on 01-12-10

Near waste of time

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-08

If Ondaatje were not a good writer. Divisadero would be an artful waste of time. This is a tale of two stories that have nearly nothing to do with one another, and to me end up detracting from one another. The story of Coop, Anna, et al. is slow starting but gets quite intersting. If only Ondaatje would let us know what happens once the family finds one another again. He doesn't. He just stops half way through the story to talk about the long route of destiny that Anna's new lover took to end up living in a deceaced writers house. And the story keeps going back in time, farther away from what the reader cares about (the plight of Coop), to mutiple generations in the past, to people so irrelevant, that the reader feels no bond for the newly introduced charaters. The stoty then just ends. And to me, ends in total disappointment. I do not recommend this book, unless you like frustration and and an artful waste of time.

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