The English Patient
- by Michael Ondaatje -
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Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: November 30, 1993
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0679745203
ISBN-13: 978-0679745204
Synopsis The English Patient is a 1992 novel by Sri Lankan-Canadian novelist Michael Ondaatje. It comprises two interwoven narratives set in the years 1930-1945. The earlier narrative concerns the love of the English patient (Count Ladislaus de Almásy, a Hungarian explorer of the Libyan deserts) and Katharine Clifton, the wife of another explorer. The later narrative concerns Hana, a twenty-year old Canadian who is nursing the English patient as he lies dying of burns received in a plane crash and grieving for her father and her lover (and father of her aborted child), both of whom have died in the war. Hana has a self-confessed father-complex about the English patient, but as the novel develops she comes to love Kirpal Singh, a British Army sapper. The novel is set in April 1945 in an Italian villa.
Tags: Love, English, novel
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