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The English Patient - Winner of the The Golden Man Booker Prize : Bloomsbury Modern Classics - Michael Ondaatje

The English Patient - Winner of the The Golden Man Booker Prize

Bloomsbury Modern Classics

Paperback Published: 21st September 2017
ISBN: 9781408891346
Number Of Pages: 336

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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.

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Profound, beautiful and heart-quickening * Toni Morrison *
Masterful ... A rich and compelling work of fiction * Don DeLillo *
One of the most innovative and liberating writers of our time * Guardian *
Magnificent ... A wise and graceful book about history itself * Sunday Times *

Golden Booker shortlister

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This was my summer holiday read. I had decided to start reading fiction in the following way: Booker Prize winners (or some similar international award), alternating with Stella Prize winners (Australian female writers). This novel was nominated for the Golden Booker Award, which is the Best of the Best Bookers. I had seen the movie a long time ago, but most people regard books as usually much better. It portrays a fine series of characters surviving WWII via intriguing tales within tales that weave through the Libyan desert, Italian villages and British minds. But the ultimate moral lesson comes near the end, it highlights how war can eliminate and grow racism and nationalism in equal measure.

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A complex deeply emotional book

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Sometimes hard going but well worth persevering with.

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The English Patient - Winner of the The Golden Man Booker Prize

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ISBN: 9781408891346
ISBN-10: 1408891344
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 21st September 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.33

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Michael Ondaatje

About the Author


He was born to a Burgher family of Dutch-Tamil-Sinhalese-Portuguese origin. He moved to England with his mother in 1954. After relocating to Canada in 1962, Ondaatje became a Canadian citizen. Ondaatje studied for a time at Bishops College School and Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec, but moved to Toronto and received his BA from the University of Toronto and his MA from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and began teaching at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. In 1970 he settled in Toronto. From 1971 to 1988 he taught English Literature at York University and Glendon College in Toronto.

He and his wife, novelist and academic Linda Spalding, co-edit Brick, A Literary Journal, with Michael Redhill, Michael Helm, and Esta Spalding.

Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje's work also encompasses memoir, poetry, and film.

Ondaatje has, since the 1960s, also been involved with Toronto's influential Coach House Books, supporting the independent small press by working as a poetry editor.

In 1988 Michael Ondaatje was made an Officer of the Order of Canada (OC) and two years later became a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He has two children and is the brother of philanthropist, businessman, and author Christopher Ondaatje.

In 1992 he received the Man Booker Prize for his winning novel adapted into an Academy-Award-winning film, The English Patient.

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