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`Download Epub Ý The English Patient í 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 illuminate this book like flashes of heat lightning On the floating shelf of Books That Have Changed My Life, one will find The English Patient Michael Ondaatje repeats a line it appears on pages 112 and 113 of my edition that I want to wrap myself up in and think about, write about, dream about, cry over, taste, drink in If he could just walk the seven yards across the Englishman s room and touch her he would be saneand a few paragraphs later,If he could walk across the room and touch her he would be sane I believe it is the only repe On the floating shelf of Books That Have Changed My Life, one will find The English Patient Michael Ondaatje repeats a line it appears on pages 112 and 113 of my edition that I want to wrap myself up in and think about, write about, dream about, cry over, taste, drink in If he could just walk the seven yards across the Englishman s room and touch her he would be saneand a few paragraphs later,If he could walk across the room and touch her he would be sane I believe it is the only repeated line in the book I want to ask Ondaatje why Why this moment Why this line Then again, I don t Because I want to live in my belief that this line is the soul of the book This line is the soul of storytelling.If If he could just If he could just walk What follows after the second iteration of the line is this,But between them lay a treacherous and complex journey It was a very wide world.You see The entire book, the plot, its themes, everything you could need to change your life is right there Page 113 Just across the room Where candlelight shines on the face of a young woman with an old soul Why can t you walk those seven yards Why can t you touch her What is the madness in your soul, where has it come from, and why do you resist being healed by that young woman with the candlelight in her eyes Goddammit This book I marvel that this was ever read bythan a thousand people It is too poetic for the mainstream, too fragmented for easy consumption, and too sensual for those who consider plot the most important part of a novel This remains one of my three favourite novels because of its poeticism, fragmentation and sensuality.This time through I decided to read it out loud, and a whole new sensuality exploded into the experience for me Actually rolling those words and worlds around on my tongue, wheezi I marvel that this was ever read bythan a thousand people It is too poetic for the mainstream, too fragmented for easy consumption, and too sensual for those who consider plot the most important part of a novel This remains one of my three favourite novels because of its poeticism, fragmentation and sensuality.This time through I decided to read it out loud, and a whole new sensuality exploded into the experience for me Actually rolling those words and worlds around on my tongue, wheezing my way through the English Patient s tale, letting Kip s Lahore English spill over my teeth, adopting Carravagio s voice as my own, and trying my best to capture Hana for myself I have the benefit of being mostly Canadian and not having to adjust my accent for the latter two broadened the sensuality of the book, and not just because the sounds were resounding in my head I could feel the words filling my lungs, or burning my throat, or passing through my airways in different manners, so that saying the words on the page, those already sensual words, made the sensuality tangible for me To feel a book in other ways as I read it and hear it is as near as I come to a holy experience Words are my church Michael Ondaatje is my priest The English Patient is one of my scriptures Don t even talk to me about the travesty that is the film The English Patient is one of my least favorite novels of all time Michael Ondaatje s prose is the literary equivalent of having a gossamer skein repeatedly thrown over your face and then dragged away fleeting and insubstantial, but just present enough to be really fucking annoying Also, his dialogue sucks People in the 1940s absolutely did not speak the way Ondaatje has them speaking This novel won the Booker Prize in 1992, an award which was, for some God unknown reason, split with Barry The English Patient is one of my least favorite novels of all time Michael Ondaatje s prose is the literary equivalent of having a gossamer skein repeatedly thrown over your face and then dragged away fleeting and insubstantial, but just present enough to be really fucking annoying Also, his dialogue sucks People in the 1940s absolutely did not speak the way Ondaatje has them speaking This novel won the Booker Prize in 1992, an award which was, for some God unknown reason, split with Barry Unsworth s Sacred Hunger I haven t read Sacred Hunger, but the one novel by Unsworth I have read, Morality Play, was crisply written, well thought out, and compelling, so I m going to go ahead and say that without ever having read it there s no way Sacred Hunger could possibly occupy the same literary sewer that The English Patient does Michael Ondaatje in 1999 image from NY Times This may be one of those rare instances in which the film exceeds the book It is a wonderful book, but is not without its flaws The author, in his third person persona, keeps quite a distance from his characters, and the reader is held at arm s length Kip, for example is clearly a very positive character, yet we I do not feel the affection for him that one might expect Caravaggio is a thief and remains a thief, so there is little love there to Michael Ondaatje in 1999 image from NY Times This may be one of those rare instances in which the film exceeds the book It is a wonderful book, but is not without its flaws The author, in his third person persona, keeps quite a distance from his characters, and the reader is held at arm s length Kip, for example is clearly a very positive character, yet we I do not feel the affection for him that one might expect Caravaggio is a thief and remains a thief, so there is little love there to hang onto The women are also beyond our urge to feel, Katherine because of her willfulness and Hana for her obsession Ondaatje writes beautifully He is a poet, it seems, in the guise of a novelist He reminds me of Thomas Hardy in that The book also hasbackground than the film can include and that is a welcome thing Highly recommended, but while you should be prepared to love the poetry of the writing, be prepared also to maintain a distance from the characters EXTRA STUFFMichael Ondaatje on FBJuly 8, 2018 cr me de la cr me of 50 years of Man Booker prizes The English Patient Wins Best of Man Booker PrizeThe Guardian MO reading an essay he wrote while staying in Conrad s boat in London Guardian Artangel books podcast Michael Ondaatje June 4, 2007 The New Yorker The Aesthete The novel and Michael Ondaatje by Louis Menand a fascinating analysis of MO s work He is not telling stories he is using the elements of storytelling to gesture in the direction of a constellation of moods, themes, and images He is creating the literary equivalent of a Cornell box or a rock garden or a floral arrangement.Other Michael Ondaatje books I have read 2018 Warlight, long listed for the Man Booker Prize 2007 Divisidero read but not reviewed 2001 Anil s Ghost 1997 In the Skin of a Lion a very brief look