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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A compelling cast of characters and stories somehow woven into one narrative.
I know it's cliched to say "I felt like I was really there," but this is one of the few books I've read where I can honestly say that.
Ondaatje's writing is lovely and haunting, the characters are complex and the plot fascinates.
I loved it. I have seen the movie several times so I really had beautiful visualizations in my mindPublished 4 days ago by paula mullin
The English Patient is a beautiful, lyrical novel, where the author’s engagement with the language is at times transcendent, creating a nearly a super-sensual world where all human... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eric Maroney
Clearly one of the best novels of the 20th Century. Ondaatje's prose shines in his description of the desert. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SanmSal
The movie and book are two different animals and they are both masterpieces and can both stand on their own. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Isabella R
I made the mistake of reading the book after having seen the movie numerous times. This is one case where the movie is SO much better than the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Bates
This book is so beautifully written, it's worth a read for that alone. I had to pause sometimes because the turn of phrase or description was so moving.Published 3 months ago by NC Mom
The most beautifully written book I've ever encountered. I was able to enter that world as though I was present due to the masterful use of words that wrapped around me like... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mark R Huff