Columbia SoCal Book Club: Warlight: A Novel by Michael Ondaatje

If you've been meaning to check out some of Obama's summer reading list picks, come join fellow alumni and students for a private Columbia SoCal event to discuss Michael Ondaatje's Warlight: A Novel (Man Booker Prize Longlist, Obama summer reading pick). This meeting will be hosted by CAA SoCal board member Emily Burg '96BC. Please register by Monday, October 1.

"Set after WWII, 'Warlight' by Michael Ondaatje is a meditation on the lingering effects of war on family," Obama noted.

About the book:

From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.

In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself--shadowed and luminous at once--we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings' mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn't know and understand in that time, and it is this journey--through facts, recollection, and imagination--that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.

About the author:

Michael Ondaatje is the author of several award-winning novels, as well as a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry. Among other accolades, his novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize in 1992 and the Golden Man Booker in 2018; Anil’s Ghost won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Giller prize, and the Prix Médicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje lives in Toronto, Canada.

If you are interested in leading the next book club meeting, or have suggestions for books you'd like to see read, please contact Emily at [email protected]


October 07, 2018 at 2:00pm - 4pm

Groundwork Coffee Co.

11275 Chandler Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91601
United States

Emily Burg '96BC

(310) 570-5886