Lion (1987) is a novel which takes place in Toronto in the years following the First World War. Ondaatje's next novel, 1992's The English Patient, won the Governor General's Award and the Booker Prize, and was made into an award-winning film.
In The Skin Of A Lion is a love story and an irresistible mystery set in the turbulent, muscular new world of Toronto in the ' 20s and ' 30s. Michael Ondaatje entwines adventure, romance and history, real and invented, enmeshing us in the lives of the immigrants who built the city and those who dreamed it into being: the politically powerful, the anarchists, bridge builders and tunnellers, a vanished millionaire and his mistress, a rescued nun and a thief who leads a charmed life. .
This is a haunting tale of passion, privilege and biting physical labour, of men and women moved by compassion and driven by the power of dreams - sometimes even to murder. .
Michael Ondaatje was born in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) on Sept. 12, 1943. He immigrated to Canada via England in 1962,.
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. 256 pp.
In the Skin of a Lion.
Written by: krazy_gurl.
In the novel, "In the Skin of a Lion,"" by Michael Ondaatje, the main character, Patrick Lewis, searches for identity and light. Without these elements, he lacks love and cannot survive the world. A passage in chapter three describes him as a lonely man that is isolated from the world around him. "Clara and Ambrose and Alice and Temelcoff and Cato- this cluster made up a drama without him. And he himself was noting but a prism that refracted their lives.