The English Pa­tient

Friday - - Great Reads - by Michael On­daatje (1992)

This Booker prize win­ning novel and Os­car-laden sil­ver screen coun­ter­part will whisk you away on a jour­ney to a dif­fer­ent time and place. Set in post-war 1945 in a run­down Ital­ian monastery in Florence a burned be­yond-recog­ni­tion pa­tient is tended to by Hana, a young nurse. Flash­ing be­tween Italy and North­ern Africa and the un­known pa­tient’s pas­sion­ate love for a woman named Kather­ine Clifton, the lay­ered nar­ra­tive calls for slow read­ing, savour­ing On­daatje’s beau­ti­ful am­bigu­ous prose while you un­earth the iden­tity and ter­ri­fy­ing se­crets of the burned English pa­tient.

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