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Haunting and harrowing, as beautiful as it is disturbing, The English Patient tells the story of the entanglement of four damaged lives in an Italian monastery as the second world war ends. The exhausted nurse, Hana; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burn victim who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal and rescue illuminate this book like flashes of sheet lightning. In lyrical prose informed by a poetic consciousness, Michael Ondaatje weaves these characters together, pulls them tight, then unravels the threads with unsettling acumen.
A book that binds readers of great literature, The English Patient secured the Booker Prize for author Ondaatje. The poet and novelist has also written In the Skin of a Lion, Coming Through Slaughter and The Collected Works of Billy the Kid; two collections of poems, The Cinnamon Peeler and There's a Trick with a Knife I'm Learning to Do; and a memoir, Running in the Family. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A rare and spellbinding web of dreams." --"Time""Sensuous, mysterious, rhapsodic . . . It transports the reader to another world." "--San Francisco Chronicle"See all Product Description
A beautifully written story that carries its readers through a wonderfull story.Published 3 months ago by Amalight
The film was brilliant and so was the book and the film was almost the same as book which makes a change. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rob
Michael Ondaatje - Thank you. Glad to see someone with a spine and a literary great, exercising their right speak out for those that are often not given a voice among the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by The Architect
Poetic writing but unfortunately nothing much happens. One of the few times when I have preferred the film. 3 starsPublished 7 months ago by Teresa Jewett
Wonderful, languid, poetical prose, dripping like warm chocolate in places all covered with a feeling of quietness and gentleness.Published 10 months ago by Helen Thompson