Michael Ondaatje World Literature Analysis - Essay

Michael Ondaatje World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Some reviewers have noted that Michael Ondaatje’s work is thoroughly original. Few writers draw less on conventional ideas about matters such as form, point of view, chronology, or the relationship between historical truth and fiction. Indeed, one writer has pointed out that Ondaatje has found Canada’s lack of a ponderous literary tradition to be a liberating force for his work. Certainly he has felt free to combine elements of lyric poetry and the visual arts along with historical fact and the traditional approaches to narrative in order to create a new sort of fiction.

The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and Coming Through Slaughter offer examples of his technique. Both works involve the lives...

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