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The English Patient

The English Patient 1

Winner of the 50th Anniversary Golden Man Booker Prize

by Michael Ondaatje

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 02/08/2004

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**Winner of the 50th Anniversary Golden Man Booker Prize**

The final curtain is closing on the Second World War, and Hana, a nurse, stays behind in an abandoned Italian villa to tend to her only remaining patient.

Rescued by Bedouins from a burning plane, he is English, anonymous, damaged beyond recognition and haunted by his memories of passion and betrayal.

The only clue Hana has to his past is the one thing he clung on to through the fire: a copy of The Histories by Herodotus, covered with hand-written notes describing a painful and ultimately tragic love affair.

Contemporary fiction
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje is the author of several novels, as well as a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry.

Among his many Canadian and international recognitions, his novel The English Patient won the Man Booker Prize, and was adapted into a multi-award winning Oscar movie; and Anil’s Ghost won the Giller Prize, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and the Prix Médicis.

Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje lives in Toronto.

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    The English Patient is a melancholy, poetic novel which relies heavily on a rhythmic mesmerizing narrative to get you through the book.

    And let me tell you, the literary push on this book can be hard going. The premise of the book is an anonymous patient, his nurse, her fathers friend and a ring in. They weave in and out of perspective, Building a framework of love, lust, post traumatic stress and resilience.

    I found the prose beautiful to be sure, but difficult to empathize with the characters, as you never obtain a firm understanding of their motivations and sensitivities in order to appreciate their failings and triumphs.