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'Magnificent' Sunday Times
'The best piece of fiction I've read in years' Independent on Sunday
The final curtain is closing on the Second World War and in an abandoned Italian village. 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.
“The English Patient wears the triple crown: it is profound, beautiful and heart-quickening” – Toni Morrison,
“All the allure of early twentieth-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
“Language of such riveting beauty that one is made to stop and stare” – Observer
“One of the most innovative and liberating writers of our time” – Guardian
“The best piece of fiction in English I've read in years” – Independent on Sunday
“Ondaatje has now written the extraordinary novel we have been awaiting from him: The English Patient is a masterpiece” – Financial Times
“An extraordinary novel-poetic, philosophical, moving … The English Patient has such a strange beauty that it requires and repays a reader's act of faith. It is such a thought-provoking piece of writing that one if forced to consider its achievement” – Daily Telegraph
“An exotic, consuming and richly inspired novel of passion. In its elegance and its satisfactions it resembles no book I know” – Richard Ford,