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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Jason Koivu

    This feels like a classic piece of literature, one of those core foundation books taught in American Lit classes at liberal arts colleges. Perhaps it's because of the all classical references Michael ...

  • Kate

    Die already....

  • Julie Christine

    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 ...

  • Wen

    On a rainy Saturday, Michael Ondaatje was on the Podcast introducing his new novel Warlight. It just felt the right time to do the long-overdue catchup on his best-known book. I pretty much finished i...

  • Melissa Jackson

    This book is a slow moving dream-- like a great, surrounding poem. The language is unbelievably sensual and the story is like nothing you'll ever read. It is thick with emotion and description. Althou...