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The English Patient.

Ondaatje, Michael.

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ISBN 10: 0679416781 / ISBN 13: 9780679416784
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1992
Used Condition: Good Hardcover
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307 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. FICTION. An unforgettable story of love and war, and of three men and a woman - a young Canadian nurse, a Sikh bomb-disposal expert, a thief turned spy, and a man burnt beyond recognition - who come together in the final moments of the Second World War. At the heart of this spectacular novel is a spellbinding mystery: the identity of the unknown patient haunted by memories of a turbulent love affair in the North African desert. Sweeping from the romantic world of the great desert explorers to a glittering pre-war Cairo, from England during the blitz to an abandoned villa in Tuscany, The English Patient sets love and passion against the devastation of war and the politics of nations. (Key Words: Romance, World War II, North Africa, Cairo, Nurses, Sikhs, Thieves, Spies, England, World War Two, Michael Ondaatje). Bookseller Inventory # 16148X1

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Title: The English Patient.

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: Second Printing Before Publication..

Book Type: book

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With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Hana, the exhausted nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burned man who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal,and rescue illuminates this book like flashes of heat lightening.

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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.

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