CanLit Monday: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
mar. 13 novembre à 01:00
**Governor General's Award for Literature- 1992
** Man Booker Prize 1992
** Best Picture Oscar 1997 (for screen adaptation)
** Golden Man Booker Award 2018
**The English Patient wins public poll of best Man Booker in 50 years: TODAY!! With so many accolades to this book, I think it only fitting that we give it a place of honour on a CanLit Monday. It's one of those books that I can't believe I've never read (though I do own a copy.) With unsettling beauty and intelligence, this 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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