Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16

A Close-up of the Bookmark

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The following excerpt is about Ondaatje's character, Nicholas Temelcoff, who worked on the Bloor Viaduct during its construction.

"Nicholas Temelcoff is famous on the bridge, a daredevil. He is given all the difficult jobs and he takes them. He descends into the air with no fear. He is a solitary. He assembles ropes, brushes the tackle and pulley at his waist, and falls off the bridge like a diver over the edge of a boat."
- Michael Ondaatje (In the Skin of a Lion)

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