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The English Patient (Picador Thirty) Paperback – 6 Sep 2002

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (6 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330491911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330491914
  • Package Dimensions: 17.5 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,884,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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'No novel published this year in Britain, or anywhere else, matches The English Patient for either lyricism, narrative impact or quality... In descriptive prose of spectacular beauty, Ondaatje invents a desert world which is both physical and imaginative. This is one of the few truly great post-war novels' IRISH TIMES

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