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Running In The Family by Michael Ondaatje. GLD By: Isabella Methot , Sergio Brito, Lionel Millan. “What We Think of Married Life (Pg. 168-172). He describes Susan as being humble as opposed to how he and his brother and two sisters are.

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Running in the family by michael ondaatje

Running In The Family by Michael Ondaatje

GLD By: Isabella Methot, Sergio Brito, Lionel Millan


What we think of married life pg 168 172
“What We Think of Married Life (Pg. 168-172)

  • He describes Susan as being humble as opposed to how he and his brother and two sisters are.

  • He describes his mother as being dramatic and his father as being shy.

  • Talks about how his mother would use them to try to get his father to stop drinking

  • Everyone basically separated after the divorce


Dialogues pg 173 178
Dialogues (Pg. 173-178)

  • He talks about the most memorable memories during the marriage

  • Ex. When his “daddy” lost his job and how bad he felt

  • Ex. When he left to England and how it was hard on his “mum”


Blind faith pg 179 180
Blind Faith (Pg.179-180)

  • He talks about how he wishes he understood the divorce more

  • He would have liked to know his father more but regardless he feels a sense of loyalty towards him


The bone pg 181 182
The Bone (Pg.181-182)

  • Mervyn’s friend tells a story about how Ondaatje’s father escaped from a train and ran naked to the jungle and was later found walking around with local dogs


Thanikama pg 185 189
“THANIKAMA”(Pg.185-189)

  • THANIKAMA means loneliness

  • This chapter is about the separation from Doris

  • He seems to be in denial that Doris has left him

  • “Objects had stayed and people disappeared.” (186)

  • The quote and title represent how he feels at that moment in time


Final days father tongue pg 192 2010
Final Days Father Tongue (Pg.192-2010

  • He incorporates how others remember his dad in this chapter

  • Ex. Jennifer remembers him as a person who could “always laugh at himself”

  • Ex. V.C. de Silva remembers him as a great friend who he learned a lot from.


Last morning pg 202 203
Last Morning (Pg.202-203)

  • He is very descriptive and recalls the last morning before the divorce