Running in the family is a fictionalized memoir written in post modern style involving aspects of magic realism by michael ondaatje it deals with his return to his native island of sri lanka also called ceylon in the late 1970s. In the late 1970s ondaatje returned to his native island of sri lanka as he records his journey through the drug like heat and intoxicating fragrances of that pendant off the ear of india ondaatje simultaneously retraces the baroque mythology of his dutch ceylonese family. Running in the family is an impressionistically written and reflective memoir of michael ondaatjes eccentric ceylonese family the book begins with a series of disjointed stories about ondaatjes parents and grandparents. Michael ondaatjes autobiographical novel running in the family is an imaginative reconstruction of the authors family history a mixture of fact and fiction the novel chronicles ondaatje . Twenty five years after leaving his native sri lanka for the cool winters of ontario a chaotic dream of tropical heat and barking dogs pushes michael ondaatje to travel back home and revisit a childhood and a family he never fully understood
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