Michael Ondaatje


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Birth Name: Michael Ondaatje
Born: 09/12/1943
Birth Place: Colombo, , LK

Born into a well-off family in Sri Lanka, that life of privilege came to an end when his parents divorced while he was still a child due to his father's alcoholism. His mother moved to England and spent several years working to save up the passage to have him join her, and he spent several weeks alone on a ship traveling to England, a voyage he would reimagine in his novel The Cat's Table (2011). His mother worked hard in hotels to support her sons and sent Ondaatje to a good boarding school, Dulwich College. He enjoyed his time there but longed for Sri Lanka. That said, Ondaatje proved to be more comfortable after following his brother Christopher to Canada for college.

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