The English Patient

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.

Title:The English Patient
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780771068713
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About 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 Universit


    The English Patient Reviews

  • Brad

    I marvel that this was ever read by more than 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 importan...

  • Will Byrnes

    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 thir...

  • Adam

    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 awa...

  • Henry Avila

    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 badl...

  • Bobby Underwood

    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...

  • Margot Jennifer

    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...

  • Charlotte May

    "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...

  • Colin McKay Miller

    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 ...

  • Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

    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 Itali...

  • Kate

    Die already....