Set at the end of World War II, this novel explores the lives of four very disparate people who find themselves holed up together in a ruined villa north of Florence as the war retreats around them. The author was awarded the 1992 Booker Prize for this book.
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Haunting and harrowing, as beautiful as it is disturbing, The English Patient tells the story of the entanglement of four damaged lives in an Italian monastery as World War II ends. The exhausted nurse, Hana; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burn victim who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal, and rescue illuminate this book like flashes of heat lightning. In lyrical prose informed by a poetic consciousness, Michael Ondaatje weaves these characters together, pulls them tight, then unravels the threads with unsettling acumen.
A book that binds readers of great literature, The English Patient garnered the Booker Prize for author Ondaatje. The poet and novelist has also written In the Skin of a Lion, Coming Through Slaughter and The Collected Works of Billy the Kid; two collections of poems, The Cinnamon Peeler and There's a Trick with a Knife I'm Learning to Do; and a memoir, Running in the Family.From the Publisher:
"A rare and spellbinding web of dreams."
"A magically told novel...ravishing...many-layered."
--Los Angeles Times
"Profound, beautiful and heart-quickening."
"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."
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Descripción Pan Books Ltd. PAPERBACK. Estado de conservación: New. 0330330276 minor discoloration. Nº de ref. de la librería E6-P1VI-X9CT
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Descripción Picador. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, Jacket Crease Else ISBN: 0330330276, 307 pages. 'Ondaatje's novel about love and confusion set at the end of the Second World War follows a small group of shell-shocked characters. In descriptive prose of spectacular beauty, he invents a desert world which is both physical and imaginative. This is one of the few truly great post-war novels' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times'Magnificent. All the allure of early 20th Century desert exploration is contained in Ondaatje's beautiful, spare narrative. A wise and graceful book about history itself, both the events that are its raw material and the human values that shape it' Sunday Times'Profound, beautiful and heart-quickening' Toni Morrison'Ondaatje has written a popular novel, a war story and spy story, tingling with mystery and sexual tension, which is also a grave and true image of life' Peter Craven, The Age, Melbourne'A magic carpet of a novel that soars across worlds and times. as rare and spellbinding a net of dreams as any that has emerged in recent years' Pico Iyer, Time'The best piece of fiction in English I've read inseveral years'Edmund White, Independent on Sunday. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 2021
Descripción Pan Books Ltd, 1993. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0330330276