Although not as well known as The English Patient, this novel showcases Michael Ondaatje's best writing-- vividly tracing the stories of several new immigrants navigating their way in 1920's Toronto within the growth and building of the city itself, Ondaatje writes his prose with a uniquely poetic sensibility. A mesmerizing book that I re-read after several years and found just as compelling as I remembered it. – Recommended by Maia, City Lights Books
Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel tests the boundary between history and myth. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and earns his living searching for a vanished millionaire and tunneling beneath Lake Ontario. In the course of his adventures, Patrick's life intersects with those of characters who reappear in Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning The English Patient.