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The English Patient
by Michael Ondaatje

Published: 1993-11-30
Paperback : 305 pages
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With unsettling beauty and intelligence, this Golden Man Booker Prize–winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an abandoned Italian villa at the end of World War II.

The nurse Hana, exhausted by death, obsessively tends to her last surviving patient. Caravaggio, ...

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With unsettling beauty and intelligence, this Golden Man Booker Prize–winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an abandoned Italian villa at the end of World War II.

The nurse Hana, exhausted by death, obsessively tends to her last surviving patient. Caravaggio, the thief, tries to reimagine who he is, now that his hands are hopelessly maimed. The Indian sapper Kip searches for hidden bombs in a landscape where nothing is safe but himself. And at the center of his labyrinth lies the English patient, nameless and hideously burned, a man who is both a riddle and a provocation to his companions—and whose memories of suffering, rescue, and betrayal illuminate this book like flashes of heat lightning.

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At the conclusion of the book are Kip and his older brother of a like mind in regards to Western culture?
by [email protected] (see profile) 09/11/19

Discuss the idea of nationality as experienced by the characters at the end of the war.
by rosskpr (see profile) 08/11/15

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  "The Indian Sapper"by [email protected] (see profile) 09/11/19

This could well have been the title of this lyrical novel. To me, Kip is the most compelling character in the book. His realization of the unbridgeable gulf that exists between colonialists and their subjects;... (read more)

 
  "The English Patient"by rosskpr (see profile) 08/11/15

I found this book to be a challenging read. It takes place at the end of World War II as the characters are trying to redefine their places in the world. All the characters are traumatized by war, and... (read more)

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