Essay on Review Of ' Anil 's Ghost '

797 Words Nov 19th, 2015 4 Pages
Ondaatje’s artwork has and always will be one of my favourite things to read and analyse. Therefore last night, I decided to go watch the ongoing theatre adaptation of his new book, Anil’s Ghost. For those who still haven’t read it, this authentic and touching novel follows the thoughts of many Sri Lankan Tamils with different background during the dreadful civil war. It especially follows the eponymous character Anil, a slightly morose and independent forensic pathologist.
Just like the theatrical presentation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Tzu’s The Art of War or Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, the theme of war is often present in plays.
Plus, I think people prefer or at least are keener to watch dramatic plays involving war since we can easily relate to the suffering of others, as if it was our own.
So, in the cramped but charming little theatre of Montmartre, this theme as well as its impact on people was explored yesterday. The title of the play was Lost and found: Anil’s story. This modification was surely planed out by the critically acclaimed director Nishi De Silva. Both titles are quite similar and serve the same purpose: the protagonist linking her past life in Sri Lanka with her current one. Plus, we know that De Silva is of mostly Tamil ancestry and so one can understand why she chose to create a play based on this particular book.

Now I would like to comment on the plot of the story. Since music, lightning and images played a huge role in this play, not many…

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