The Story

The Story Cover

The Story

By Michael Ondaatje; David Bolduc (Illustrator)

House of Anansi Press, Hardcover, 9780887841941, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 29, 2006

Michael Ondaatje's poems have been celebrated by readers and writers alike for containing some of the most memorable and moving verse written in the past half-century. "The Story" combines Ondaatje's sensual writing with watercolor illustrations by celebrated painter David Bolduc, making a unique item. Left-hand pages contain Bolduc's art while right-hand pages contain Ondaatje's poem both typeset and in the author's own handwriting. This elegant housing is a fitting accompaniment to Ondaatje's elegaic poem, which follows his larger themes love, memory, family, exile even as it unfolds into "our dismantled childhoods," and offers readers the opportunity to extend its narrative into their own lives.

About the Author
Michael Ondaatje is a novelist and poet perhaps best known for his Booker Prize winning novel adapted into an Academy Award-winning film, The English Patient. His other books include Secular Love, In the Skin of a Lion, Running in the Family, and The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. He edited From Ink Lake, a selection of Canadian stories, and has won several Governor General's Award for both fiction and poetry.

David Bolduc has done drawings for a number of publications, including David Rosenberg's "Paris & London" and "Leavin' America", Wayne Clifford's "An Ache in the Ear", Roy Kiyooka's "December/February '87 '88", and Victor Coleman's "Parking Lots for Greg Curnoe". Bolduc is a regular contributor of drawings to "Brick".