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And at the center of his labyrinth lies the English patient, nameless and hideously rescue, and betrayal illuminate this book like flashes of heat lightning. The English Patient is a novel which richly encapsulates the past within its folds. The Ondaatje's novel is similar in its structure to Almásy's book. He takes. Editorial Reviews. Review. Haunting and harrowing, as beautiful as it is 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 moment the name is uttered for the first time is decisive, but it is constantly postponed, which makes the first naming of it ever more meaningful, fatal, sometimes.

Would that which we call a rose indeed by any other name smell as sweet? We think in the language by giving names to things.

Naming brings things into existence. This naming does not hand out titles, it does not apply terms, but it calls into the word. The naming calls. Calling brings closer what it calls.

But even so the call does not wrest what it calls away from remoteness, in which it is kept by the calling there. The calling calls into itself and therefore always here and there-here into presence, there into absence. The four are united primally in being toward one another, a fourfold.

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The things let the fourfold of the four stay with them. This gathering, assemlbing, letting-stay is the thinging of things. The unitary fourfold of sky and earth, mortals and divinities, which is stayed in the thinging of things, we call-the world.

You think this is a virtue. Erase the family name! Erase nations! I was taught such things by the desert. On that dry watercourse, on this shingled knoll.

He even wanted a tribe to take his name, and spent a year on the negotiations. Then Bauchan outdid him, having a type of sand dune named after him. B y the time war arrived, after ten years in the desert, it was easy for me to slip across borders, not to belong to anyone, to any nation. Fighting to get back to or get away from our homelands all our lives.

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Her passion for the desert was temporary. She was an upper-class Englishwoman, though, yearning for her green moist English garden and the rain-and her name. There is a lot of rain at the very end of the book. A boy and a girl.

Re-Constructing the Fragments of Michael Ondaatje’s Works

The two poignant love stories of two Englishwomen K for Katharine, C for Catherine in the desert of war. I think you have the spyhelper Almasy upstairs. All he will have after he is dead is his name, though he strove for anonymity. Katharine feared to die nameless, but since her name was no mystery, it would probably be forgotten cf. For a second I forget. But I know the month and the day.

One day after we heard the bombs were dropped in Japan, so it feels like the end of the world. From now on I believe the personal will forever be at war with the public.

Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient, 'History,' and the Other

If we can rationalize this we can rationalize anything. Express Yourself Beautifully, p.

Remove politics, and it is the lovliest phrase I know. A sexual, drawn-out word, a coaxed well.

The b and the y. Madox said it was one of the few words in which you heard the tongue turn a corner. Much has been said about the richness of Ondaatje's writing, the sensuousness of his physical descriptions and his poet's gift for using well-timed silences and ellipses to speak volumes.

All that's true. But the thing that impressed me most as I read the book this time around is its hard centre.

Booker club: The English Patient

It may come wrapped in musky perfume, but Ondaatje's prose could go a few rounds with Hemingway and probably knock out Kipling, too. The latter is a comparison the author audaciously invites.

At one point Hana reads the patient an extract from Kim: "He sat, in defiance of municipal orders, astride the gun Zamzamah on her brick platform opposite the old Ajaib-Gher — the Wonder House, as the natives call the Lahore Museum. Who hold Zam-Zammah, that 'fire-breathing dragon', hold the Punjab; for the great green-bronze piece is always first of the conqueror's loot.

Watch carefully where the commas fall so you can discover the natural pauses. He is a writer who used pen and ink. He looked up from the page a lot, I believe, stared through his window and listened to birds, as most writers who are alone do. Some do not know the names of birds, though he did.

Your eye is too quick and North American. Think about the speed of his pen. What an appalling, barnacled old first paragraph it is otherwise. There are far brighter pyrotechnics in the book. But it's a good example of how hard Ondaatje's writing works.

It works firstly because it's spot on: try and read that quote with and without commas. It works thematically: immediately you start thinking about empire and its impact, about the Orient, about adventure, about how much Kipling himself lost in war. It works because it illuminates the polymath English patient: he's just the sort of man to have an opinion on how to read Kipling — and to be right about it.

It works — craftily — as a guide to reading Ondaatje himself: The English Patient too should be taken slowly and with careful attention to rhythm. And so it is throughout the book. You get the sense that every word is straining and bursting with meaning.

Every word has been made to labour as well as delight. Everything is turned up to Everything, in short, works. Or almost everything. I should also note that some of the novel has come in for criticism. Most notably, there have been objections to the way the book ends, with the detonation of the bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Some have said that it seems rather tacked on — and it's true that the bombs do have a strange and unsettling impact at the culmination of the narrative. Personally, I felt that to be true to the brutal way the bombs cut short the war, but it isn't an easy termination.It is because of The Histories, the book in English translation he has got with him, that the English patient — that burned man who had crashed in the desert — is erroneously identified as belonging to the English community and this mistake will be discovered only at the end of the story.

Literary Fiction Historical Fiction Audiobooks. He's risked everything time and again to save maybe a few hundred Allied lives — and now the Allies have killed millions at a stroke.

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.

It is wonderful.

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