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 roWith 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.
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
I marvel that this was ever read by 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 important part of a novel This remains one of my three favourite novels because of its poeticism, fragmentation and sensuality.This time through I decided to read it out loud, and a whole new sensuality exploded into the experience for me Actually rolling those words and worlds around on my tongue, wheezing my w [...]
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 away fleeting and insubstantial, but just present enough to be really fucking annoying Also, his dialogue sucks People in the 1940s absolutely did not speak the way Ondaatje has them speaking This novel won the Booker Prize in 1992, an award which was, for some God unknown reason, split with Barry Unswo [...]
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 melancholy, childlike nurse Hana the emotionally and physically maimed thief, Caravaggio the pensive and wary Indian bomb disposal expert, Kip and the burnt and broken English patient, a mysterious wounded soul without a name The story revolves around several major themes such as war and the paradigm [...]
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 of anonymous slams I figure I m not doing all that bad Still, I ll try to be as fair as possible to The English Patient.The novel is set in an Italian villa at the end of World War II The nameless English patient is a burned invalid who unites the other characters his worn out nurse, Hana the maimed spy thi [...]
O, is for Ondaatje2 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 Italian Villa despite the fact that there are corpses and mines littered everywhere and the war has ended already Hana I just don t think The English Patient would survive the transfer and I love my independence here I mean where else can I give an immobile man sponge baths, inject him with morphine AND play hopscotch [...]
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 Ondaatje places in the mouths of his character the English patient Perhaps it is in the storytelling, concerning itself with the cerebral and almost entirely devoid of action except in the backstories The poetic choice of words themselves may be the cause Perhaps it s the World War II Italian country [...]
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 up in and think about, write about, dream about, cry over, taste, drink in If he could just walk the seven yards across the Englishman s room and touch her he would be sane and a few paragraphs later, If he could walk across the room and touch her he would be sane I believe it is the only repeated line [...]
In the early precepts of the morning, before the spherical fire illuminates from the east, there lies a mist resembling a giant white sheet engulfing the plain of Florence when viewed from the vista of Villa San Girolamo Villa San Girolamo a resort of renaissance, a nunnery, a fortress, a makeshift hospital, a shelter to four scarred and broken silhouettes in darkness, a testament to the arduous effects of time and the slow decomposition of the past How do you pick up the pieces How do you stop [...]
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 Although somewhat laborious at parts, it s altogether disassembling to quote the author It takes you into the raw bleeding heart of Almasy and never lets go It made me want to died then be re born and read it again I could not ever express how much I love love love this book.
I am just going to fess up This book was too literary and depressing for my tastes or, at least, for my mood when I started Ondaatje offered beautiful descriptions, insightfulness, and a profound melancholy Yet I found myself trudging through this one, propelled forward only by his up coming visit to Houston.Given his picture on the jacket cover, highfaluting writing style, and acclaimed career, I expected him to be pretentious To the contrary, he was charming during the on stage interview He ac [...]
Few books are felt as much as read, but The English Patient falls into this category Like the film, it is hauntingly beautiful, but for slightly different reasons The story of people haunted by love and war, their damaged souls converging at a villa in Italy, remains, but the focus and method in which the story is told on paper is filled with poetic passages, and stunning beauty.The passages are like water moving to and fro over rocks, shifting back and forth in time so that the beauty beneath c [...]
This is the book that made me want to run away to Cairo in the 1940s and have an affair with one of the displaced European aristocracy The only thing that s currently preventing this is the human races inability to perfect the art of time travel Curses But once that small hurdle has been removed, I ll be off This book appealed to me on many levels Deserts and far flung foreign travel tickHidden subterranean archaeology tickEnigmatic European aristocracy tickSpell binding tale of fate conspiring [...]
I am going straight down the middle on this one and giving it three stars I liked the beautiful use of the English language and the lovely descriptions I liked some parts of the story such as the chapters about Kip I did not like the parts where with the best will in the world I could not make real sense of what was occurring possibly nothing I think I did not like the love affair which seemed to have been very brief and ended very harshly And I always prefer books where the ending involves clos [...]
Absolutely stunning The English Patient follows four characters and their brief but powerful months spent together in an abandoned Italian villa after World War II The prose is lyrical Ondaatje moves lithely through the inner voices of each character Hana, the young Canadian nurse Caravaggio, the thief Kip, the sapper and the mysterious eponymous English patient.What I loved most about this book was seeing, especially near the end, how each character, though stranger to one another, had such a p [...]
Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestI read this book for the Unapologetic Romance Readers New Years 2017 Reading Challenge For info about what this is, click here He lies in the room surrounded by pale maps He is without Katharine His hunger wishes to burn down all social rules, all courtesy.Her life with others no longer interests him He wants only her stalking beauty, her theatre of expressions He wants the minute and secret reflections between them, the depth of field minimal, their foreignn [...]
If this book doesn t make you an Ondaatje fan, then nothing will Wish I still had it, worth another read I m sure.
Even though it was years and years ago that I saw it, I wish I d read the book before seeing the movie made of The English Patient It would likely have meant that I d have despised the movie, but having seen it kept me putting my attention in certain places, and never seeing other aspects creeping up until it was too late Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the ent [...]
The writing.what can I say I love it She had always wanted words She loved them, grew up on them Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape Whereas I thought words bent emotions like sticks in water She returned to her husband From this point on, she whispered, we will either find or lose our souls Seas move away Why not lovers When we parted for the last time, Maddox used the old farewell May God make safety your companion And then I strode away from him saying, There is no God Both excerpts [...]
Quite disappointing Ondaatje weaves a strong, coherent story with beautiful characters, his prose is still masterful and fluid, yet the book lacks the imaginitve and lyrical narrative that made me fall in love with his work.As a stand alone book, its quite impressive it just does not belong to Ondaatje s otherwise poetic body of work.
The desert could not be claimed or owned it was a piece of cloth carried by winds, never held down by stones, and given a hundred shifting names The same might be said of the characters in The English Patient For this is a beautiful, artfully crafted novel about the mapping of identity within borders, set before and during World war two when borders were in continual flux and territorial conquest and possession were the name of the game The narrative, like the abandoned villa in which the charac [...]
The English Patient Kindle Version By Michael Ondaatje Four Stars As I looked over other reviews of this book, i found them to be a divided lot The reader either loved it or trashed it I found it overall an excellent read and would recommend it with caution allow the story to develop before giving up The beginning was difficult to follow because it jumped around some, but I was finally able to see the beauty and intelligence of the writing.The story is about 4 damaged people who come together ne [...]
I may have been in a bad mood when I watched the film adaptation of this novel back when it was first released, because I didn t like it much at all It was too long, too slow and I didn t care about the characters at all Whether I would have felt differently about the film had I read the novel first, I don t know What I do know is my dislike of the film put me off reading the novel and, for that matter, any other novels by Ondaatje It was good to get beyond my negativity about the film and final [...]
This has to be one of the most over rated books I have ever read My initial reaction had been positive but eventually it turned out to be a total let down The writing is poetic, psychedelic and all that, but it all turns out to be a pointless blabber Forgettable 2 stars on 5 gautam
Well I managed to finish it this time But it aint going on my favourites shelf I m afraid Yes, yes, it s lush and lyrical and majestic in its rhythms, multi layered and melancholic, sensual and brutal, full of searingly beautiful images that burn themselves into the mind s eye, yes, all of that Obviously it is a masterpiece, I m told that at every turn, and I cannot deny it Now for the but or indeed buts I was most troubled by Hana and Caravaggio the first time I tried to read this I couldn t ge [...]
Who really is the English Patient Brought to a mountain villa, outside of Florence Italy, after being rescued in the deserts of Libya, by Bedouins Burnt badly in a plane crash, Hana, a young Canadian nurse, takes care of the Englishman.She falls in love with this sad enigma.Set in the closing days of the second world war.The nurse refuses to leave with the other doctors and nurses, when the conflict heads north.She believes the patient will not survive , the move Enter David Caravaggio, an old f [...]
This novel contains fantastic prose, but it put me to sleep every time after I read one or two pages I don t remember the story at all my memory of the book is inextricably tied up with the dreams from afternoon naps.
Unpretentious work despite its designs, very likable, really readable The inevitable movie adaptation completely altered and ruined a perfectly fine ending And like I always say, it s all about the endings.So this became relevant again It s funny So funny Some things remain like canines made up of wind from the Man who Rained, not breezing away While others come back to you like an Imagine Dragons song Yeah, life is weird We are talking about this book s ending, what an ending it was One of the [...]
You feel the desert, you taste the hot desert breeze, you see those strange patterns on the timeless sands of the desert, how I longed for water on my lips but it eluded me, I was there amid those dunes and among those Bedouins.I gave a start when Kip came storming in the ruined villa with the beautiful frescoes on the wall, as Hanna played the piano I was there, with my heart in my mouth, wherever and whenever Kip, the young Indian sapper defuses bombs in odd places, a piano, trees in the orcha [...]
The English Patient is a sort of postmodernist ensemble character study, working through the traumatic memories of a nurse, a thief, a combat engineer, and a mysterious burned man who may or may not remember his own name That sounds really abstract and difficult and boring, but it s actually a beautiful and gripping novel, and one that my undergraduate students always love It s a book about identity and its trickiness , all sorts of love, sex, war, trauma, storytelling, reading, nations, imperia [...]