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The Review Room was first launched as Readings in World Literature in conjunction with the Spring 2009 offering of English 213 | World Literature in English at Capilano University.  The site was relaunched as The Review Room in December 2010 and will be going live in January 2011.  The site will continue to feature book reviews written by Capilano University students, but it will now feature book reviews produced by students enrolled in a variety of English courses at Capilano University.  First up in Spring 2011 will be students enrolled in English 103 | Studies in Contemporary Literature.  This project is also open to any Capilano students interested in submitting their work to The Review Room.  Interested Capilano students should contact Aurelea Mahood (English) at amahood@capilanou.ca.

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  1. Divine imagery and an excellent flow of poetry are not rare in Michael Ondaatje’s, In the Skin of a Lion. Ondaatje touches on the working class in Canada and the events that were taking place during the depression. Ondaatje’s main character is Patrick Lewis, a small town boy. This character leaves his hometown and ventures off to the big city of Toronto. Patrick has no chosen path or goals to reach, yet he wanders amongst society. We find a task put forth to Patrick, he amongst many others have been hired to build the Bloor Street Viaduct. While Patrick is amongst others in the workforce he witness’s how the working class is treated. After many incidents Patrick recognizes how these immigrants are treated with disrespect and belittled. Spending days on end with these immigrants, Patrick becomes familiar with them. The book takes you on an adventure that includes romance and many creative images that trick and stimulate your mind.

    In the early 1920’s and 1930’s, Toronto was rich with innovation and immigration. Most, if not all hard labour workers who put their efforts and hard work into infrastructures are lacking recognition. Patrick was not thrilled about this problem that society was facing. While Patrick is supposedly searching for the murderer Ambrose Small, he is actually searching for his inner self.

    Ondaatje enables you attach yourself to characters that drop by but are never seen or spoke of later on in the novel. Ondaatje describes some of the struggles that the working class are put through, and the situations they found themselves in. Ondaatje writes this novel with a beautiful warm tone of understanding. Ondaatje is also not afraid for the reader to get to know the main character.

    Not being an avid reader, I found this book somewhat incomplete. This is the first Michael Ondaatje piece I have read and the love story is not told how I would prefer it to be. It seems as though it is rather unfulfilling. These 244 pages seems as though it is leaning towards one big poetic masterpiece, instead of a complete novel. I hope to come across another Ondaatje novel in the near future to change my perspective.

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