What Do I Read Next?
- In the Skin of a Lion (1987) is the prequel novel to Ondaatje's The English Patient. Set in Canada between the World Wars, the novel features the characters Caravaggio and Hana, who are important figures in The English Patient, but focuses mainly on Hana's father Patrick. The novel shares some of its major themes with The English Patient, including the examination of personal grief and anguish.
- Like The English Patient, Ondaatje's novel Coming through Slaughter does not stick to a chronological narrative but rather pieces together the life of jazz legend Buddy Bolden through a collage of imagery and anecdotes. It was first published in 1976.
- Ondaatje's Anil's Ghost (2000) is set in Sri Lanka, Ondaatje's native country. The novel is about the work of a forensics specialist sent by the United Nations to investigate the brutal civil war that tore the island nation apart for the better part of the latter twentieth century.
- Ondaatje's memoir Running in the Family (1982) is an account of two trips he took to his native country of Sri Lanka and, through the stories he learned during these trips, is an account of his family's history and his own childhood.
- Ondaatje has published several collections of poetry since the late 1960s. The Cinnamon Peeler: Selected Poems (1989) is a collection of previously published poems.
- The God of Small Things (1997), the 1998 Booker Prize-winning novel by Indian writer Arundhati Roy, examines both personal grief and loss, as well as the inescapable power of government, politics, and society over the individual. The novel takes place in mid-twentieth century Southern India during a time of political unrest. Told through the eyes of two children, it portrays the taboos of caste and sexuality that pervaded their society.
- Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul's novel The Mimic Men (1967), which features a character of Indian descent who lives in the British Caribbean, examines, through the dysfunctional and globe-trotting life of the main character, issues of identity pertinent to a Third World shaped by British colonialism.
- For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940), one of Ernest Hemingway's best-known novels, is set during the civil war in Spain. It is a tale of camaraderie in wartime that ultimately portrays war as futile and destructive, rather than honorable and just.