Just finished reading Warlight by Michael Ondaatje. I picked up this book when I saw it at The Book House and remembered this author’s first novel The English Patient which I really enjoyed and was also made into a great movie of the same name starring Ralph Fiennes, Willem Dafoe and others.
The premise is unusual , two teenagers in London at the end of WWII apparently abandoned by their parents and left to be cared for by some rather colorful, roguish characters . This is such a beautifully written story , part coming of age story , part spy novel and part a meditative reflection on memories and loss . I’m too young to remember London in the 1950s (thankfully !) but the author really gives powerful glimpses of post war London and England .
If you want to really get lost in another time , with a story that builds to a surprising unexpected ending then this is the book for you . Like the English Patient I can certainly imagine this being made into a similarly powerful movie at some point .