The English Patient

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 6, 2011 - Fiction - 320 pages
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With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Hana, the exhausted nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burned man who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal,and rescue illuminates this book like flashes of heat lightening.

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My book club chose this book at the time the movie was coming out and there was a lot of hype about the film. We were very disappointed. It was a drudge to get through, and if it hadn't been a book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael.Xolotl - LibraryThing

Beautiful, exceptionally so in places, interesting in places (boring and predictable toward the end with Kip), but also curiously empty, like lifting the lid of a good-smelling cake pan and finding just a glob of partially dried icing inside. 2.75 stars. Read full review


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Michael Ondaatje is a novelist and poet who lives in Toronto, Canada. He is the author of In The Skin of a Lion, Coming Through Slaughter, and The Collected Works of Billy the Kid; two collections of poems, The Cinnamon Peeler, There's a Trick with a Knife I'm Learning to Do; and a memoir, Running in the Family. He received the Booker Prize and the Governor General's Award in Canada for The English Patient.

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