Michael Ondaatje

The English Patient

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A beautiful new limited edition paperback of The English Patient, published as part of the Bloomsbury Modern Classics list

A small cargo plane will come down to land, slipping from the level of the horizon. It tips its wings within desert light and then sound stops, it drifts to earth.
The final curtain is closing on the Second World War and in an abandoned Italian villa Hana, a nurse, tends to her sole remaining patient. Rescued from a burning plane, the anonymous Englishman is damaged beyond recognition and haunted by painful memories.
The only clue Hana has to unlocking 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 detailing a tragic love affair.
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291 printed pages


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    Majid Ghasemihas quoted6 years ago
    me onto a cradle, a carcass boat, and feet thudded along as they ran with me. I had broken the spareness of the desert.
    The Bedouin knew about fire. They knew about planes that since 1939 had been falling out of the sky. Some of their tools and utensils were made from the metal
    Phillip Katemahas quoted6 years ago
    I have spent weeks in the desert, forgetting to look at the moon, he says, as a married man may spend days never looking into the face of his wife. These are not sins of omission but signs of preoccupation.
    Laman Valizadahas quoted6 years ago
    ‘If I gave you my life, you would drop it. Wouldn’t you?’
    I didn’t say anything.

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