The English Patient
by Michael Ondaatje
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Publisher: Vintage Canada
The bestselling novel now a major motion picture. Book Description 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 illuminates this book like flashes of heat lightening. Ingram At the end of World War II, the lives of four people--a young American nurse; her dying English patient; a handless American thief; and an Indian soldier in the British army--intertwine in a deserted Italian villa. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From the Publisher "A rare and spellbinding web of dreams. "--Time magazine "A magically told novel...ravishing...many-layered. "--Los Angeles Times "Profound, beautiful and heart-quickening. "--Toni Morrison "Lyrical....An exquisite ballet that takes place in the dark. "--Boston Sunday Globe "A tale of many pleasures--an intensely theatrical tour de force but grounded in Michael Ondaatje's strong feeling for distant times and places. "--The New York Times Book Review "A poetry of smoke and mirrors. "--Washington Post Book World "It is an adventure, mystery, romance, and philosophical novel in one....Michael Ondaatje is a novelist with the heart of a poet. "--Chicago Tribune--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From the Back Cover The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje wears the triple crown: it is profound, beautiful and heart-quickening. Toni Morrison There are books that change the shape of literature. The English Patient is such a book. Books in Canada A magic carpet ride of a novel that soars across worlds and times. A rare and spellbinding net of dreams. Pico Iyer, Time An exotic, consuming, and richly inspired novel of passion. Richard.