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The English Patient 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 Illuminate This Book Like Flashes Of Heat Lightning

About the Author: Michael Ondaatje

He was born to a Burgher family of Dutch Tamil Sinhalese Portuguese origin He moved to England with his mother in 1954 After relocating to Canada in 1962, Ondaatje became a Canadian citizen Ondaatje studied for a time at Bishops College School and Bishop s University in Lennoxville, Quebec, but moved to Toronto and received his BA from the University of Toronto and his MA from Queen s University in Kingston, Ontario and began teaching at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario In 1970 he settled in Toronto From 1971 to 1988 he taught English Literature at York University and Glendon College in Toronto.He and his wife, novelist and academic Linda Spalding, co edit Brick, A Literary Journal, with Michael Redhill, Michael Helm, and Esta Spalding.Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje s work also encompasses memoir, poetry, and film.Ondaatje has, since the 1960s, also been involved with Toronto s influential Coach House Books, supporting the independent small press by working as a poetry editor.In 1988 Michael Ondaatje was made an Officer of the Order of Canada OC and two years later became a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.He has two children and is the brother of philanthropist, businessman, and author Christopher Ondaatje.In 1992 he received the Man Booker Prize for his winning novel adapted into an Academy Award winning film, The English Patient.

10 thoughts on “The English Patient

  1. Brad Brad says:

    I marvel that this was ever read bythan a thousand people It is too poetic for the mainstream, too fragmented for easy consumption, and too sensual for those who consider plot the most important part of a novel This remains one of my three favourite novels because of its poeticism, fragmentation and sensuality.This time through I decided to read it out loud, and a whole new sensuality exploded into the experience for me Actually rolling t

  2. Adam Adam says:

    The English Patient is one of my least favorite novels of all time Michael Ondaatje s prose is the literary equivalent of having a gossamer skein repeatedly thrown over your face and then dragged away fleeting and insubstantial, but just present enough to be really fucking annoying Also, his dialogue sucks People in the 1940s absolutely did not speak the way Ondaatje has them speaking This novel won the Booker Prize in 1992, an award which

  3. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    Michael Ondaatje in 1999 image from NY Times This may be one of those rare instances in which the film exceeds the book It is a wonderful book, but is not without its flaws The author, in his third person persona, keeps quite a distance from his characters, and the reader is held at arm s length Kip, for example is clearly a very positive character, yet we I do not feel the affection for him that one might expect Caravaggio is a thief and rem

  4. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    Who really is the English Patient Brought to a mountain villa, outside of Florence Italy, after being rescued in the harsh deserts of Libya, by Bedouins, no dog in this fight Nevertheless burnt badly in a plane crash, a fiery inferno and a miracle the pilot still has a heartbeat, but for how long Hana, a young attractive Canadian nurse, takes care of the Englishman , she falls in love with this sad enigma, like many angels of mercy, in the past

  5. Bobby Underwood Bobby Underwood says:

    Few books are felt as much as read, but The English Patient falls into this category Like the film, it is hauntingly beautiful, but for slightly different reasons The story of people haunted by love and war, their damaged souls converging at a villa in Italy, remains, but the focus and method in which the story is told on paper is filled with poetic passages, and stunning beauty.The passages are like water moving to and fro over rocks, shifting b

  6. Colin McKay Miller Colin McKay Miller says:

    Everyone hates at least one classic Michael Ondaatje s The English Patient was the book that first did it for me I m not always fair when it comes to one star reviews, but if I m stopping shy of anonymousslams I figure I m not doing all that bad Still, I ll try to be as fair as possible to The English Patient.The novel is set in an Italian villa at the end of World War II The nameless English patient is a burned invalid who unites the other charact

  7. Margot Jennifer Margot Jennifer says:

    The English Patient is an illuminating novel written by Michael Ondaatje, who tells the story of four damaged lives tangled together at the end of World War II The story involves characters like the melancholy, childlike nurse Hana the emotionally and physically maimed thief, Caravaggio the pensive and wary Indian bomb disposal expert, Kip and the burnt and broken English patient, a mysterious wounded soul without a name The story revolves around sev

  8. Charlotte May Charlotte May says:

    I ll be looking at the moon, but I ll be seeing you I thought this book was ok I would say that I enjoyed it, but I can t say that it is one that will stay with me, nor one I will keep and choose to reread.There is a lot of flicking between past and present, and between different characters with no way of defining when this happens This meant I found the narrative rather disjointed and at times confusing Hanna is a nurse, chosen to stay behind at the h

  9. Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* says:

    O, is for Ondaatje 2 StarsI m going to venture out of my normal review style here, and instead do a Q A with Hana the, erm MC, maybe Me Hey Hana, what s up with you not leaving the Italian Villa despite the fact that there are corpses and mines littered everywhere and the war has ended already Hana I just don t think The English Patient would survive the transfer and I love my independence here I mean where else can I give an immobile man sponge baths, i

  10. Julie Christine Julie Christine says:

    On the floating shelf of Books That Have Changed My Life, one will find The English Patient Michael Ondaatje repeats a line it appears on pages 112 and 113 of my edition that I want to wrap myself up in and think about, write about, dream about, cry over, taste, drink in If he could just walk the seven yards across the Englishman s room and touch her he would be saneand a few paragraphs later,If he could walk across the room and touch her he would be sane

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