Divisadero, Part VI
I finished Divisadero last night. I was glad to be done with it. I don’t really know how to accurately express how I feel about the book. Individual segments of it were engaging and interesting and very poetic and lyrical. BUT I didn’t feel like the whole book worked together.
The first part of the book, as I’ve said before, revolved around the little eclectic family on a farm in northern California. After a violent episode, Anna runs away, and Coop, after he recovers, also runs away. The next part of the book deals with the individual and damaged lives of Claire, Coop, and Anna. At the end of the second part, Claire is driving Coop, who has amnesia, to see the farmer/dad. The third part of the book focuses on the life of the writer that Anna is researching and the people in his life. I’m just not sure how to make it all fit together. I’ll probably need to read it again to find out.
Divisadero, by Michael Ondaatje [rating:3]