Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel was first published in 1992 to incredible international acclaim. Shortly afterwards it was made into a major film, one that brought Ondaatje's beautiful, harrowing love story to millions of people. Set in the chaotic months that followed the end of the Second World War, The English Patient focuses on a ...
Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel was first published in 1992 to incredible international acclaim. Shortly afterwards it was made into a major film, one that brought Ondaatje's beautiful, harrowing love story to millions of people. Set in the chaotic months that followed the end of the Second World War, The English Patient focuses on a small band of stunned survivors as they try to come to terms with its devastating effects. These four characters, thrown together by chance, have stories of wonder and horror to tell each other. And as these stories are narrated and played out, Ondaatje creates with spectacular brilliance the adventure, romance and pain of life itself.
Vintage, NY, 1993. FINE, Softcover, 5.25" x 8", 301pppgs. Glossy color pictorial wraps, trade paperback. A masterful novel, magically told of war romance. Clean crisp and tight, in new polybag protector. First Vintage International Edition, December 1993 stated. ISBN: 0679745203. Shipped in a custom box and packed with care.
Fine. December 1993 FIRST Vintage International Paperpack Ed., 1st printing, FINE; no dust jacket as issued. Tight binding; square; no edge wear; no spine or hinge crease; clean, bright pages; no marks. 302 p. (4350) (scanned image is of actual book) Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 320 p. Audience: General/trade.
Very Good. 8vo. Signed by Author 302 pp. Trade paperback format. Personalised inscription on the title page by Michael Ondaatje. Light edge and corner wear with a flat uncreased spine; aside from the author's writing, no interior markings.
Fine in fine dust jacket. FIRST EDITION, LATER PRINTING + LIKE NEW CONDITION + ORIGINAL HARDBACK FORMAT, PROTECTED BY A MYLAR COVER; COLLECTING BOOKS SINCE 1988, SELLING BOOKS SINCE 2008. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 320 p. Audience: General/trade.
Fine. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, Jacket Crease Else ISBN: 0330330276, 307 pages. 'Ondaatje's novel about love and confusion set at the end of the Second World War follows a small group of shell-shocked characters. In descriptive prose of spectacular beauty, he invents a desert world which is both physical and imaginative. This is one of the few truly great post-war novels' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times'Magnificent...All the allure of early 20th Century desert exploration is contained in Ondaatje's beautiful, spare narrative...A wise and graceful book about history itself, both the events that are its raw material and the human values that shape it' Sunday Times'Profound, beautiful and heart-quickening' Toni Morrison'Ondaatje has written a popular novel, a war story and spy story, tingling with mystery and sexual tension, which is also a grave and true image of life' Peter Craven, The Age, Melbourne'A magic carpet of a novel that soars across worlds and times...as rare and spellbinding a net of dreams as any that has emerged in recent years' Pico Iyer, Time'The best piece of fiction in English I've read inseveral years'Edmund White, Independent on Sunday.
Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 0771068867. A Good Read ships from Toronto and Niagara Falls, NY-customers outside of North America please allow two to three weeks for delivery. Flat-signed by Ondaatje on title page. Gift inscription in red pen on title page below author signature. Some bumps and creases to jacket.; 9.10 X 6 X 1.40 inches; 307 pages; Signed by Author.
, 6th printing. (Hardcover) Very good in very good dust jacket. 307pp. Spine slightly cocked, felt pen markings on front endpaper. Winner of: Booker Prize 1992; Governor General's Award. Locale: Italy. (Fiction, Canadian, World War 2)
Publishers Weekly, 1993-10-25 Canadian author Ondaatje offers a poetic novel set in a desolate Italian villa in the final days of WWII--a one-week PW bestseller--and an evocative account of a visit with his family in Sri Lanka. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1992-07-20 A poet's sensitive, deep-seeing eye, a fluid, sensuous prose and imaginative juxtapositions of characters and events distinguish Canadian author Ondaatje's impressive novels ( Coming Through Slaughter ; In the Skin of a Lion ; etc.). Here again he brings together disparate characters whose lives intersect at a crucial moment in history, and introduces real-life figures who add dimension and credibility to the story. The four people who take shelter in an abandoned villa in Italy during the final days of WW II are in retreat from a world gone mad; each of them is bent on protecting painful memories and pondering irreplaceable losses. The mysterious ``English patient'' has been horribly burned while parachuting into the Libyan desert; his face unrecognizable and his identity unknown, he gradually reveals his tragic story through the prompting of David Caravaggio, a professional thief and former spy whose hands and spirit have been maimed by Nazi torturers. Caravaggio has come to the villa in search of Hana, a woman who is nursing the burned man, whom Caravaggio has known since her childhood in Toronto. Close to emotional breakdown herself, dry-souled Hana is nourished by her love for Kip, a Singh demolitions expert whose perilous craft reflects the fragility of all their lives. Each is ``playing a game of secrets,'' which Ondaatje reveals in a suspenseful narrative whose gripping scenes (a desert sandstorm; the defusing of live bombs) call to mind the sudden brilliance of subjects illuminated by Caravaggio's artist namesake, to whose work Ondaatje elliptically refers. If the events of the novel's closing pages seem forced, they underscore Ondaatje's message about the lingering effects of war's brutality. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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