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The English Patient (Hardcover)

Author:  Michael/ Iyer Ondaatje Introduction:  Pico Iyer
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0307700879
ISBN-13: 9780307700872
Sku: 220279462
Publish Date: 10/4/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  263
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She stands up in the garden where she has been working and looks into the distance. (from the first line)
Michael Ondaatje''s Booker Prize-winning best seller lyrically portrays the convergence of four damaged lives in a bomb-riddled Italian villa in the last days of the war. Hana, the grieving nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the emotionally detached Indian sapper, Kip--each is haunted in different ways by the riddle of the man they know only as the English patient, a nameless burn victim who lies swathed in bandages in an upstairs room. It is this man''s incandescent memories--of the bleak North African desert, of explorers'' caves and Bedouin tribesmen,
of forbidden love, and of annihilating anger--that illuminate the story, and the consequences of the mysteries they reveal radiate outward in shock waves that leave all the characters forever changed.
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Michael Ondaatje’s Booker Prize–winning best seller lyrically portrays the convergence of four damaged lives in a bomb-riddled Italian villa in the last days of the war. Hana, the grieving nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the emotionally detached Indian sapper, Kip—each is haunted in different ways by the riddle of the man they know only as the English patient, a nameless burn victim who lies swathed in bandages in an upstairs room. It is this man’s incandescent memories—of the bleak North African desert, of explorers’ caves and Bedouin tribesmen,
of forbidden love, and of annihilating anger—that illuminate the story, and the consequences of the mysteries they reveal radiate outward in shock waves that leave all the characters forever changed.
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A novel of great lyrical beauty and epic tragedy by acclaimed Sri Lankan Canadian author Michael Ondaatje, THE ENGLISH PATIENT won both the Canadian Governor General's Award and the Man Booker prize in 1992. During World War II, a Canadian nurse serving in an Italian villa becomes the caretaker of a mysterious patient whose body is horribly burned. As the patient slowly reveals his tragic story of romance, espionage, adultery, and loss, Hana finds herself becoming involved with two men in the village: Caravaggio, a British spy who was captured and horribly tortured, and a Sikh sapper named Kip, who attempts to rid the village of its many German bombs. Ondaatje weaves the four characters' tragic storylines together into a marvelous tapestry of heartbreaking richness, a bittersweet masterpiece of 20th-century fiction. In 1996, the novel was made into a major motion picture starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche. Directed by Anthony Minghella, the film would win nine Academy Awards--one of the few adaptations to live up the power of the original work.
Author Bio
Michael Ondaatje
Ondaatje was born in Ceylon into a family of mixed Dutch, English, Sinhalese and Tamil background. When he was 5, his mother left his alcoholic father, and a few years later emigrated to England, where Ondaatje finished his education. He became a Canadian citizen and, in addition to writing poetry, fiction, and memoirs, he has edited (with his wife) the literary magazine Brick. His most famous work, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, was awarded the 1992 Booker Prize, and the movie version won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

"The best thing I did was to go to graduate school at Harvard," Pico Iyer once told Scott London, because that was where he received his training for a now-solid travel writing career--as a student writer for Let's Go! Thus employed by Harvard Student Agencies for two summers, Iyer wrote up exotic places for the budget traveler on little money and little sleep. He then put his skills to work for Time Magazine before taking off, in the 1980s, to pen his own travel books and essays. Born to Indian parents, raised in California, and educated at Eton and Oxford (before Harvard), Iyer describes himself a homeless wanderer of the ever-growing global village. His books, VIDEO NIGHT IN KATHMANDU, TROPICAL CLASSICAL, and THE GLOBAL SOUL among them, are a testament to this status as well as to his ability to give a modern spin to travel writing.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0263
Product attributePublisher:   Everyman's Library
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