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Michael Ondaatje

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

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“The English Patient” is a novel written by Canadian-Sri Lankan author Michael Ondaatje. The book was first published in 1992 and won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction in the same year. It is considered one of Ondaatje’s most celebrated works and has been widely acclaimed for its lyrical prose and intricate storytelling.

Set during World War II, “The English Patient” is a story that weaves together the lives of four individuals in an Italian villa that serves as a makeshift hospital. The central character, referred to as “the English patient,” is a severely burned and disfigured man who is slowly dying. The other characters include Hana, a young Canadian nurse; Kip, an Indian sapper working for the British army; and Caravaggio, a thief and spy.

The novel explores themes of love, identity, memory, and the impact of war on the lives of these characters. It delves into their personal histories, their relationships with each other, and the secrets they hold.

Michael Ondaatje’s writing in “The English Patient” is known for its poetic and evocative style, and the narrative structure of the book is nonlinear, moving back and forth in time and place. The book is a complex and atmospheric exploration of the characters’ emotional and psychological landscapes.

“The English Patient” was adapted into a highly acclaimed film of the same name in 1996, directed by Anthony Minghella and starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, and Willem Dafoe. The novel has received critical acclaim for its rich prose and its exploration of the human condition, the ravages of war, and the redemptive power of love and memory.


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