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ISBN:0002157470
Author: Christopher Ondaatje
ISBN13: 978-0002157476
Title: The Man-Eater of Punanai: A Journey of Discovery to the Jungles of Old Ceylon
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Publisher: Harpercollins Canada; 1 edition (October 1, 1992)
Pages: 205

The Man-Eater of Punanai: A Journey of Discovery to the Jungles of Old Ceylon by Christopher Ondaatje



The Man-Eater of Punanai is a remarkable book, the story of a maws journey through a kaleidoscope of sunshine and shadows, past and present. Less of a leopard hunt, and more of a travelogue with historical bacjground, I found this book very enlightening for me regarding Sri Lanka's 20th century past. As a bonus, revelations regarding Christopher (and Michael) Ondaatje's family life is sprinkled throughout. Mostly written as short journal entries, with many of Ondaatje's photos, it meanders a little between eras, but it is easy to dip into.

More about authors life than the man-eater of Punanai. I was very disappointed in the story. I would not recommend. Most of the book is set as a trip to Sri Lanka visiting Punanai where there lived a man eating leopard in the 1920s. Interspersed with this is a story of the Ondaatjes in Sri Lanka, particularly with reference to his family - his father, mother, siblings and himself.

The Man Eater of Punanai A Journey of Discovery to the Jungles of Old Ceylon.

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Author: Christopher Ondaatje. Publication info: Toronto, Canada : Harper Collins Publishers ; Colombo, Sri Lanka : Distributed in Sri Lanka by Studio Times Lt. c1992. Physical Description: 205 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm. ISBN: 0002157470 : Close.

Punani is a small hamlet in Sri Lanka, made famous in 1920 by a man-eating leopard. This is reflected in the book titled "The Man-Eater of Punani - A Journey of discovery to the jungles of old Ceylon", by Christopher Ondaatje. Location of Punani (from a Sri Lankan blog).

Punanai (Tamil: புனானை) is a small hamlet in Sri Lanka, made famous in 1920 by a man-eating leopard. This is reflected in the book titled "The Man-Eater of Punanai - A Journey of discovery to the jungles of old Ceylon", by Christopher Ondaatje. YouTube Encyclopedic. The Man-Eater of Punanai.

Ostensibly its about his obsession with investigating the man-eater of the title A short memoir of the author's journey of self discovery back in the country of his childhood after an absence of decades. Ostensibly its about his obsession with investigating the man-eater of the title, but its also about the closure he sought by revisiting his family history and coming to terms with his father's financial and personal ruin and its impact on the rest of the family. by Peter, 2013-01-11 - Goodreads Christopher Ondaatje is as fascinated by his back story as any us and even more as a man sent out from his homeland at a tender age to make the family's fortune. Task accomplished and a success in both Christopher Ondaatje is as fascinated by his back story as any us and even more as a man sent out from his homeland at a tender age to make the family's fortune.

Autobiographical account of a Sri Lanka born Canadian, woven around his journey through Sri Lanka.
Reviews: 3
LONUDOG
More about authors life than the man-eater of Punanai. I was very disappointed in the story. I would not recommend.
Benn
Christopher Ondaatje is almost a billionaire and a well known philanthropist. This wonderful book combines a travelogue and autobiography including a commentary on his brother's work "Running in the family" by Michael Ondaatje.

The best thing about this book are the pictures. Only a picture edition in colour works. Not the subsequent black and white paperback reprints.

Most of the book is set as a trip to Sri Lanka visiting Punanai where there lived a man eating leopard in the 1920s. This trip is actually a recreation of trips with his father in the 1940s, a search for a lost childhood and a devil that drove Christopher's father and drives him - symbolised by the leopard.

Interspersed with this is a story of the Ondaatjes in Sri Lanka, particularly with reference to his family - his father, mother, siblings and himself.

It is also an account of Sri Lanka written impartially, in the worst throes of civil war in the late 1980s with Tamil Tiger rebels fighting for a separate state.

Ondaatje visits troubled territory, but is eager to photograph leopards at Yala national park. His photos of people, animals and monuments are breathtaking. Some of the best taken. So much colour and poignancy, like portraits of a totally exotic world.

This book is something of a triumph where Ondaatje, without embelishment talks about the secrets of his own success. Determination, perseverence, his background. This is probably as close as he will get to an autobiography. Much is hidden - his family comes first. By his own account his best book.

A wonderful if sometimes stressful journey through past and present.
Bulace
I am sure The Man-Eater of Punanai "is a fascinating story of a past rediscovered through a remarkable journey to one of the most exotic countries of the world - Sri Lanka." However I was expecting Shades of Grey for me but instead I got a book about some man-eating leopard from a place that sounds an awful lot like a term used for a female reproductive organ. This made me sad. The end.