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on 19 June 2009
A short review that doesn't want to repeat what others have said...but just to add that this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I think that its not so much the story as the strength of the characters and their lived relationships in the crumbling Italian villa that are at the core of this book's beauty. The style of Ondaatje's prose is captivating and succeeds in drawing you into every scene. It is certainly a book to savour and to read again.
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on 9 October 2014
One of my all time favourite books - & the film was terrific too.
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on 6 August 2014
Good read. Sad in parts but a tale of endure meant and caring.
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on 30 August 2014
This is a book we all should read, it is as good as the film!
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on 1 November 2015
An absolute classic set during WW2. I loved this book.
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on 19 August 2015
If you want to keep a book for ever, keep this one
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on 15 January 2015
Excellent seller & item - wonderful book
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on 16 February 2000
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje provides more entertainment than the movie. Whilst the movie focuses mainly on exposing Fiennes and Scott-Thomas's aesthetically-pleasing faces to the fullest, it does not explore the full extent of the relationships as written in the book. The movie persists in being politically-correct, yet the book raises some interesting questions indeed. One example is good for food for thought; like why did the Americans drop the atomic bomb on Japan? Is it really a colour bias? To quote Ondaatje's character, Kip, why did they drop it on a 'brown nation' and not a 'white nation'? After all, it was Einstein who encouraged the American president to develop the atomic bomb to used against Hitler... Yet dispite the thoughtful insights, Ondaatje does tend to skip from character to character with an uneven break in the flow of the book. The prose is simple but fluid and the result is almost cinematic (for those who did not watch the movie yet). One can almost taste the sand on your lips from those very visual descriptions. Go read the book, it has more entertainment value than the movie.
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on 24 November 2015
A classic. If you have not read i, do.
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on 17 November 2015
Amazing book. Fantastic read.
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