The English Patient (Paperback)
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The English Patient (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages
Published: 02/08/2004

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Winner of the Booker Prize 1992

He lies flat on his back, no pillow, looking up at the foliage painted on to the ceiling, its canopy of branches, and above that, blue sky.

The final curtain is closing on the Second World War, and Hana, a nurse, stays behind in an abandoned Italian villa to tend to her only remaining patient. There they are joined by a mysterious thief named Caravaggio and an Indian sapper, nicknamed 'Kip'. Each is wounded, lost, shattered.

Rescued by Bedouins from a burning plane, he is English, anonymous, damaged beyond recognition and haunted by his memories of passion and betrayal. The only clue Hana has to his past is the one thing he clung on to through the fire - a copy of The Histories by Herodotus, covered with hand-written notes describing a painful and ultimately tragic love affair. As Hanna begins to form a passionate connection to Kip, her patient begins to weave his own stories from his fractured memories. Stories of his illicit, tempestuous affair with Katherine Clifton in a time before the war.

More than two decades after its release, The English Patient has become a classic of twentieth century literature; a poetic, lyrical examination of love’s many possibilities, from the first whispers of desire to the lasting consequences of betrayal. An instant favourite with readers and critics alike – the Independent’s reviewer called it ‘the best piece of fiction in English I've read in several years… throbbing with emotion and humanity’ – it went on to inspire an Oscar-winning film, directed by Anthony Minghella.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780747572596
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
Edition: New edition


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“Beatiful and haunting with phenominal depth”

I initially found this book a little challenging to get to grips with - who's who, what they are talking about and when but once you get into it there is a phenominal depth to the characters and narration. What i... More

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“easy read”

i had allready watched the film and loved it so was a bit biased when i got the book,i was looking forward to a more indepth feeling of the main charecters but i am afraid i was dissapointed,i felt the film showed... More

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“words are better than pictures!”

I had seen the film of The English Patient umpteen times so I was not prepared to be blown away when I, at last, read the book. the language sings its way into your heart and your head and I will gauge all my future... More

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