Facts about Michael Ondaatje

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Michael Ondaatje is a famous Author from Canada, he/she is still alive and was born September 12, 1943.

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He/she is born under the zodiac virgo, who is known for Analyzing, Practical, Reflective, Observation, Thoughtful. Our collection contains 26 quotes who is written / told by Michael.

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Famous quotes by Michael Ondaatje (26)


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"The last three books are much more a case of a moment of history, what happened almost by accident or coincidence, like being in the same elevator or lifeboat"
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"A writer uses a pen instead of a scalpel or blow torch"
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"The past is still, for us, a place that is not safely settled"
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"It's why you create characters: so you can argue with yourself"
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"In the book the relationship with Katharine and Almasy is sort of only in the patient's mind"
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"Right now, I have no idea what I will write or if I will write again"
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"I don't have a plan for a story when I sit down to write. I would get quite bored carrying it out"
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"You don't want to write your own opinion, you don't want to just represent yourself, but represent yourself through someone else"
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"When you're writing, it's as if you're within a kind of closed world"
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"Truth, at the wrong time, can be dangerous"
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"The first sentence of every novel should be: Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human. Meander if you want to get to town"
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"I'm a Canadian citizen. But I always want to feel at home in Sri Lanka. I'm a member of both countries"
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"I tend not to know what the plot is or the story is or even the theme. Those things come later, for me"
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"As a writer, one is busy with archaeology"
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"It's a discovery of a story when I write a book, a case of inching ahead on each page and discovering what's beyond in the darkness, beyond where you're writing"
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"You're getting everyone's point of view at the same time, which, for me, is the perfect state for a novel: a cubist state, the cubist novel"
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"It's an odd state to be in, blowing the whistle on your home country"
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"It's a responsibility of the writer to get the reader out of the story somehow"
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"I don't see novels ending with any real sense of closure"
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"That's Anil's path. She grows up in Sri Lanka, goes and gets educated abroad, and through fate or chance gets brought back by the Human Rights Commission to investigate war crimes"
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"Once I've discovered the story, I might restructure it, maybe move things around, set up a clue that something is going to happen later, but that happens much later in an editorial capacity"
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"I see the poem or the novel ending with an open door"
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"You want to suggest something new, but at the same time, resolve the drama of the action in the novel"
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"To write about someone like myself would be very limiting"
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"Research can be a big clunker. It's difficult to know how you can make the historical light"
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"It doubles your perception, to write from the point of view of someone you're not"


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