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    The English Patient  (English, Paperback, Michael Ondaatje)

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    Features
    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
    • ISBN: 9780747572596, 0747572593
    • Edition: New edition, 2004
    • Pages: 336
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    Description
    Set in 1945, The English Patient explores the lives of four very disparate war torn people, a young woman and three men, who take refuge in a damaged villa north of Florence as the war retreats around them. In an upstairs room lies the badly burned English patient, alive but unable to move. His extraordinary adventures and turbulent love affair in the North African desert before the war provide the focus around which the vivid tales of his companions revolve. His very presence will forever change the destiny of those around him.

    About the Author
    Michael Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka in 1943. He moved to England in 1954, and in 1962 moved to Canada where he has lived ever since. He was educated at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and began teaching at York University in Toronto in 1971. He published a volume of memoir, entitled Running in the Family, in 1983. His collections of poetry include The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left Handed Poems (1981), which won the Canadian Governor General’s Award in 1971. His fourth novel The English Patient (1992) was joint winner of the Booker Prize for Fiction and was made into an Academy Award-winning film in 1996. Michael was also nominated for the Man Booker International Prize in 2007. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Linda Spalding, with whom he edits the literary journal Brick.
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    Book Details
    • Publication Year
      • 2004
    • Awards
      • The Man Booker Prize Winner
    • Award Year
      • 1992
    Contributors
    • Author
      • Michael Ondaatje
    Dimensions
    • Width
      • 5.16 inch
    • Height
      • 7.95 inch
    • Weight
      • 242 g
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    5

    Magnificent!

    I love how Ondaatje ends each chapter with an event but with a recollection or a memory. Passionate like the ocean on a particularly stormy night, intricate like an immaculately woven mughal motif, this is one book I couldnt put down. I have read it thrice and I have been held spell bound by Ondaatje’s tale of love and wistful longing, revealed through the memories of a completely burnt, nameless, faceless man who is called the English patient, because he only knows English.

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    Excellence in narration

    The author is quite high on sensitive quotient and it reflects in his empathy to multiple characters. Got hold of this book after seeing the movie and this one doesn't disappoint either. There is a highly poetic quality in ideas and flow of the story, though it is non-linear. Valuable addition to any collection. Really 5 star...
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    Magnificent Read

    There is absolutely no doubt about mastery of the writer. This book has a real story. A fancy amalgamation of Drama, story, poetry and philosophy. The reader might feel getting away in first 20 pages or so but once he catches up the rhythm of the writer, you can not put this down.

    The best thing which i like personally is use of very limited number of characters in the book, because of which the reader can relate to them quite easily. the There is absolutely no doubt this book is a booker p...
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    Rohit Agarwal

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    worth a read

    You will be spellbound by this book. The English Patient is one of those classic books that deserve to be on book-shelf of all readers. This book has a complex structure however the author holds you through the plot following the successes and the misgivings of his characters.
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    A good read

    If you've seen the eponymous movie you'll find this book much better. The conclusion is more intriguing here. The book is unputdownable once you start. It took me three days to finish the novel. Recommended for regular readers.
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    The English Patient. A tale of Romance and Tragedy ,

    I saw the movie first which impressed me very much,then i wanted to read the original novel and i was happy to get it on FLIPKART.the way the story is written makes you wonder whether you are dreaming or awake. Its poetic and at the same time a narration. Very few novels are written like this. A must for your english literature library. worth every penny.
    Thanks flipkart for finding the book for me.
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    Outstanding

    The English Patient is a damn good book. It a war love story let e tell you for the information.
    Rest you yourself have to judge it
    Kudos to Flipkart for the delivery.
    I Recommend this book.
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    Harshit Chauhan

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    A love story at the back drop of World War II

    Emotion, Romance , Confusion, Love, Hate, Deceit, Nationalism, War, Death, Destruction, Country, Pride, Service, Red Cross...all weaved together into a thick layered plot.
    Either watch the movie by same name or read this book.
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    Mohit S

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    29 Dec, 2013

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    5

    Very good book.

    Well my review here is biased, so stop reading it, might corrupt you.
    I liked it because it portrays:
    1. Pleasure of cheating
    2. Pleasure of pain
    3. Pleasure of being separated from your love.
    4. the way it portray love, without certainties of future, fragile and vulnerable.
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    Rahul Vaishnav

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    30 Oct, 2013

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    Must buy!

    A classic of South East Asian literature. Michael Ondaatje nails in storytelling. A must read for every bookworm.
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