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The English Patient

Michael Ondaatje

Book Basics

Title:

The English Patient

Author:

Michael Ondaatje

Published:

September 1992

Pages:

305

Genres:

Fiction, Novel

Synopsis

The English Patient is a 1992 novel by Sri Lankan-Canadian novelist Michael Ondaatje. The story deals with the gradually revealed histories of a critically burned English accented Hungarian man, his Canadian nurse, a Canadian-Italian thief, and an Indian sapper in the British Army as they live out the end of World War II in an Italian villa. The novel won the Canadian Governor General's Award and the Booker Prize for fiction. The novel was adapted into an award-winning film of the same name in 1996. The narrative is non-linear and the main characters are examined in depth and detail.

Characters

Katharine Clifton, David Caravaggio, Count Laszlo de Almásy, Kip, Hana

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