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What the community says about The English Patient
- "I was completely enthralled by this novel, which was truly at times as uncomfortable and painful as ripping off a scab. It was like being forced to stare at something you wished you could look away from, but every part of your body and mind was compelling you to stay with it. I did not want it to end. I felt so invested in these heart-breaking broken characters. If two human drama does it for you, read this book. ""This is a novel set during WWII so it matches the topic perfectly. The English Patient is a movie, not just a novel. This would be helpful for non-readers who are interested in the story. Most people have heard of this novel so it might be better to have something lesser known."
- "This solution does not give enough details on why this was considered a classic romance book. It basically just States facts about the author and what he won as awards. They should have included several more examples of why this was a good romance book but also what war aspect was included."
- "You might have seen the movie, but throw that out the window because this one is much more in depth and certainly not an easy read. At times i had to put the book down just to sit and stare for a minute. I do not want to give any spoilers but you would have to have some heart to read this one, Great stuff to read though if you do not know anything about the story beforehand. "
- "The film of this movie is actually already beautifully made, such a classic romantic story and without a doubt one of the best in its category. If you really need more proof on why this is one of the most beautiful stories ever written for a historical fiction novel, you should grab a novel or even start by watching the film."
- "The nurse Hana, exhausted by death, obsessively tends to her last surviving patient. Caravaggio, the thief, tries to reimagine who he is, now that his hands are hopelessly maimed. The Indian sapper Kip searches for hidden bombs in a landscape where nothing is safe but himself. And at the center of his labyrinth lies the English patient, nameless and hideously burned, a man who is both a riddle and a provocation to his companions—and whose memories of suffering, rescue, and betrayal illuminate this book like flashes of heat lightning."
- "I love this book! Its one of my favorites! The story lines of Hana, Kip and Caravaggio are as unique and interesting as that of the English patient whose story brings them all together and intersect. I have never read a book that has captivated me in the way that ‘The English Patient’ has."
- "The English Patient is a book written by Michael Ondaatje. It is about a man with amnesia. This book has amazingly rich descriptions, intense lyrism throughout the story, great composition of the story and delightful treatment of time and feedbacks...I have enjoyed the story even more than the film based on it. If I had to choose one word, it would be intensity."
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- "This book weaves a spell binding tale of loss and pain that somehow finds its way to being a romance and story of redemption and discovery of self. It takes some of the most horrifying ends that a person could meet and tells their stories in a way that you end up finding a little of yourself in each character. Because of this it draws you in and doesn't let you go until you are done reading. This is the kind of story that sticks with you for the long haul. "