Robin Dreyer

Burnsville, NC United States
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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

I loved this

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-10

I loved this book. Ondaatje's writing is incandescent. The structure, as others have noted, is unconventional. It shifts around in time and points of view and the two halves tell stories that are almost unrelated but they explore similar emotional terrain. The reader is absolutely perfect--a beautiful voice, thoughtful in her pacing and emphasis, and the book's many French names are completely natural to her. This is a story about the deepest bonds possible between people and the way they shape our lives.

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