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In the Skin of a Lion: 02/01/08
In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje has some scenes that will stick with me but overall it lacked the cohesion of The English Patient. The novel covers the life of a would-be terrorist from his childhood growing up in rural Canada and then moving to Toronto. A depressed economy, unfair labor practices and a number of other factors bring Patrick Lewis bring him to extreme measures.
The novel which takes its title from a line from The Epic of Gilgamesh is in many ways a Canadian Jungle (Upton Sinclair) but written as a historical novel it doesn't have the immediacy of Sinclair's novel.
Readers interested in Toronto's history will enjoy the descriptions of how many of the modern landmarks were built. Fans of The English Patient (1992) will enjoy seeing the first appearance of Hana and Caravaggio.