The English Patient
The final curtain is closing on the Second World War, and Hana, a nurse, stays behind in an abandoned Italian villa to tend to her only remaining patient. Rescued by Bedouins from a burning plane, he is English, anonymous, damaged beyond recognition and haunted by his memories of passion and... show more
The final curtain is closing on the Second World War, and Hana, a nurse, stays behind in an abandoned Italian villa to tend to her only remaining patient. Rescued by Bedouins from a burning plane, he is English, anonymous, damaged beyond recognition and haunted by his memories of passion and betrayal. The only clue Hana has to his past is the one thing he clung on to through the fire - a copy of The Histories by Herodotus, covered with hand-written notes describing a painful and ultimately tragic love affair.
Publish date: August 2nd 2004
Pages no: 324
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, World War II
Michael Ondaatje’s novel, The English Patient, is rendered in a lyrical style that will transport you back and forth from a bombed villa in Tuscany, to the blinding sands of the North African desert, to war time England, and the vibrant era of pre-war Cairo. Told in the multiple points of views of a...
I have once again failed to understand the appeal of literary fiction. The English Patient is a good story, if you have the patience, time, and tenacity to actually figure out the story. The author does not make it easy. There were several times, especially in the beginning, where I was lost. It fel...
The English Patient is a booker prize winning classic that reminds me to be wary of the Booker prize. The Booker Prize seems to attract books that are written in an overly literary style and that think that they are much cleverer than they really are. That is The English Patient all over and I hav...
"She entered the story knowing she would emerge from it feeling she had been immersed in the lives of others, in plots that stretched back twenty years, her body full of sentences and moments, as if awakening from sleep with a heaviness caused by unremembered dreams." What a perfect description fo...