Written By: Michael Ondaatje

Narrated By: Steve West

Date: May 2018

Duration: 8 hours 37 minutes



From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.

In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself--shadowed and luminous at once--we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings' mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn't know and understand in that time, and it is this journey--through facts, recollection, and imagination--that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.


  • Linda M.

    I found the story confusing. The endless number of characters described at the beginning who often did not affect the story as a whole seemed superfluous and time consuming. From where the main character becomes a young man is more interesting and the role that the mother played in post WW II events was sort of intriguing at times but it all got convoluted by the end and I did not feel that I really understood it. The narrator is very good except for the sort of sinister tone that he takes on sometimes where there is nothing sinister going on. He tries too hard, he doesn't need to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jan S.

    Terrible book could not stay interesting. So disappointed

  • Pam W.

    Boring. Didn't really have a purpose or good plot. very disappointing.

  • Tabetha H.

    He just never got to a plot .

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