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In the Skin of a Lion

Auteur(s): Michael Ondaatje
Narrateur(s): Tom McCamus
Durée: 6 h et 10 min
Catégories: Littérature, Historique
4 out of 5 stars (60 évaluations)

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Description

Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel tests the boundary between history and myth.

Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and earns his living searching for a vanished millionaire and tunneling beneath Lake Ontario. In the course of his adventures, Patrick's life intersects with those of characters who reappear in Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning The English Patient.

©1987 Michael Ondaatje (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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I couldn't finish this.

I found the story slow and had difficulty keeping my attention to it. That may have been that I didn't care for the narrator. He is a bit monotone... I listened to about 2/3rds and gave up.
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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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I thought I knew what to expect

I enjoyed all the Toronto history weaved into the story. every twist and turn was unexpected and appreciated.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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great story

I enjoyed the story very much. The monotone performance was very hard to stick with

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    5 out of 5 stars

A true bridge of Toronto’s making

While definitely a dense read, as there is a lot of path to uncover in its fragmented narrative, it is a must read for any Canadian reader.
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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

masterful spin on story of Toronto

language is picturque ...took a while to get into ..but once you got it..too late

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  • Joshua
  • 2018-02-25

Superb

the author is at his best in this book. lyrical and tense, this has many of the elements which make his work so durable when thinking back on it. The beginning especially has some of the most beautiful images in literature

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  • Debra Corea
  • 2018-08-30

I tried, it failed

Since I live on the other side of Lake Ontario, I thought In the Skin of a Lion might be interesting. And since it was a short listen I thought I'd give it a try. I guessed wrong. I plugged away, day after day, an uphill slog, but it only got worse. Have to return it. I agree with the other reviewers that panned this. A waste of time.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Joe Kraus
  • 2019-02-07

Lush but Often Bewildering Prequel

When I think of Ondaatje’s work – and all I’ve read before this is the marvelous The English Patient – I think of internal experience. I think of narrators who are trapped in a bed or confined to an abandoned hospital, or recuperating from amputated thumbs. I think, that is, of characters in the midst of reflection.

As I look at his method of narration, though, it’s actually steeped in the external. As he writes, he pans across landscapes. He gives us lush descriptions that become almost cinematic. In this book in particular, I often found myself lost in the larger story, but I never felt bored. I was always confident I was in the hands of someone who knew how to make words bring scenes (and, implicitly, characters) to life.

It’s a challenging method. Part of the inspiration of The English Patient is that it’s claustrophobic. Characters recall experiences of vast spaces and of epic love, but they don’t get to leave the scene of the hospital for the setting of the story’s present tense. That novel, tangled as is it, has a clear and tight focus. Everything points to the experience of our nurse and patient who, without quite knowing it, sit as the culmination of a number of great emotional arcs.

Skin of a Lion, though even shorter, is expansive in its scenery and in its setting. We go from the wilds of Canada in the days of timber empire, to the building of Toronto’s sewer system, to the birth of a radical workers’ movement in the years before World War I. It doesn’t have the same inspired focus of The English Patient. It’s never boring and always reflective of great passion, but it spins in different directions.

As an elevator pitch, this is an inspired plot: a young man who learns dynamiting from his father goes to Toronto, contributes to the great physical work of building the city, becomes radicalized through a betrayed love and from seeing the greed of the city’s capitalists, and determines to assassinate his arch enemy by swimming through the very sewer tunnels he helped build.

Given Ondaatje’s method, though, I rarely saw that plot as it unfolded. (In fact, I have to acknowledge various on-line sources as helping me sort out how one scene connected to another.) I loved the reading experience of being caught in the lush exterior reflections of the characters, but I was generally confused about how they combined. I respect the ambition behind all this – as a scholar of American multi-ethnic literature, I admire Ondaatje’s seeming goal to celebrate the mix of immigrant labor that made the city, and I recognize the philosophical claim that, when dismantling the master’s house, one cannot use the master’s tools. That is, I think I understand that he’s challenging conventional chronological narrative as a means of critiquing our received history. Still, he’s asking a lot of us. He writes brilliantly but here, in what turns out to be a prequel to The English Patient, he never lets his story cohere.

I’m all in for more Ondaatje, and I do recommend this one, but be prepared for a challenging ride once you begin.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Breakaway Farm
  • 2018-09-23

Narration Pulled This Book Down

This is a book about the retelling of individual events until they are shaped and cohere into a story. The story is not what is recorded in historical archives but rather an evolving narrative woven from the parts the teller chooses to share. The title, "In the Skin of a Lion" harkens to the promise made by Gilgamesh when his closest friend, Enkidu, has died: to grow his hair like a lion and wander, ostensibly to tell his friend's story to all who will listen.

The style is purposely fragmented in the beginning leaving the reader to find connections and begin to stitch together a narrative. OK. This trophe is used successfully by many novels. It requires additional work on the part of the reader but can lead to great rewards when done well.

Alas, if you are listening to this Kindle edition and have not read the book before, you'll never know how big the reward might be for all the up front work. The reader has chosen to make book's early fragmentation the cornerstone of his delivery. Every sentence is read as a separate data point with a rising or (mostly) lowered intonation to isolate the sentence from the one that follows.

There is no flow in sections that have a legitimate narrative flow. Dialogs are hard to follow since everyone has the identical voice and chopped speech pattern. Instead of being lyrical (which what I think the reader intended) the style inevitably leads to monotony.

In the end, I liked the book. But I'll never know if I would have LOVED it unless I go back to read In the Skin of a Lion on the page where I can experience it with a more natural rhythm and pacing.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • NK
  • 2018-08-13

No dialog he and I don't care

Despite the undoubtedly pretty language on offer here this novel is almost 95% narrative and provides no avenue for the reader to care about the characters. Not caring, I often tuned out the book, which made it impossible to follow what was going on. I'm afraid this is another case where being told a book is Art means reading it is going to be unpleasant. Give me dialogue so I can see your characters myself instead of the narrator droning on and telling, telling, telling.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Celeste Albers
  • 2018-08-08

A rare gem of a book

Beautiful, intelligent, mesmerizing
I pity the person who cannot appreciate such a masterpiece
The different threads form a rope that twists and turns, doubles back and then returns to wrap around you
Perfectly performed by Tom McCamus
There are scenes that will never leave me

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  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Nancy
  • 2018-08-02

Not for entertainment

This story was horrible. If you’re looking for an enjoyable listen, this is not it. I was able to purchase it for just a few bucks and forced myself to listen to the entire book. I have almost 300 books in my audible library and have listened to them all. There are two books that I couldn’t finish listening too because they were so bad. I should be able to say there are three books in my library that I couldn’t listen to. Instead I forced myself to listen to this in its entirety. . I kept thinking that the story would all come together before the ending, it didn’t. I have no idea what people listened to that though this book was ok, and those that thought it was good are just lying and want you to waste your time like they did. This story never comes together, it is just a bunch of random thoughts put to words. A norm in this book is that there are story lines that are started and then left hanging. An example is when a Nun falls off a bridge and is saved by a man who gets hurt and you learn all about him and then the story changes and you never hear about them again… Bottom line do not waste your time, even if you get the book free. Any time wasted listening to this book is time that not only will you not get back you will be tormented with frustration the entire time you are listening.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Phil Gillette
  • 2018-10-12

Couldn't get into it.

Slow, boring, disjointed. Furthermore, it was slow, disjointed and boring. That's all I can think to say about it. Zzzz...

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  • Phinneas
  • 2018-10-06

Run away!!

I expected that at any moment this book would become good. It never did. I kick myself for not deleting it after 15 minutes. I am now dumber for falling for a practical joke.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Gaily Utzinger
  • 2018-08-14

Don’t do it if you hated freshman english

This book is like the longest poem you had to read in school, no sentence is without a metaphor or simile yet no cohesive story line. The narrator sounds as excited as I was to be reading it.

3 personnes sur 5 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente