Sul finire del secondo conflitto mondiale, tre uomini e una donna si rifugiano in una villa semidevastata sulle colline di Firenze. In una stanza del piano superiore giace, gravemente ustionato in un incidente d'aereo, premurosamente accudito dall'infermiera Hana, il misterioso «paziente inglese». Dai suoi racconti allucinati dalla morfina riemergono l'amore travolgente per Katharine e le avventurose peregrinazioni nel deserto. Intorno alla sua convalescenza s'intrecciano le vicende degli altri abitatori della villa: Hanam Caravaggio, un ladro che lavora per i servizi segreti, e Kip, un sikh, abile artificiere.
La memoria, i miti e le leggende personali dei quattro protagonisti, lacerati e turbati dall'esperienza della guerra, ripercorrono la storia di un'epoca, e ci permettono di giudicarla. Ma Il paziente inglese, con il quale Ondaatje ha vinto il Booker Prize nel 1993, è soprattutto una grande storia d'amore, un sogno emozionante, animato da una trascinante tensione lirica, ambientato in un fragile Eden, troppo vicino all'Apocalisse. Narra l'amore per una donna, ma anche l'amore per il deserto. È una vicenda ricca di mistero, un mosaico di esperienze e di sguardi sul modo, raccontata con la libertà dei sogni, e altrettanto intensa e coinvolgente.
- ISBN: 8811683017
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 327
I marvel that this was ever read by more than a thousand people. It is too poetic for the mainstream, too fragmented for easy consumption, and too sensual for those who consider plot the most important part of a novel. This remains one of my three favourite novels because of its poeticism, fragmenta Leggi tutto
The English Patient is one of my least favorite novels of all time. Michael Ondaatje's prose is the literary equivalent of having a gossamer skein repeatedly thrown over your face and then dragged away; fleeting and insubstantial, but just present enough to be really fucking annoying. Also, his dial Leggi tutto
Michael Ondaatje in 1999 - image from NY Times This may be one of those rare instances in which the film exceeds the book. It is a wonderful book, but is not without its flaws. The author, in his third person persona, keeps quite a distance from his characters, and the reader is held at arm’s length Leggi tutto
Who really is the English Patient? Brought to a mountain villa, outside of Florence Italy, after being rescued in the harsh deserts of Libya, by Bedouins, no dog in this fight. Nevertheless burnt badly in a plane crash, a fiery inferno and a miracle the pilot still has a heartbeat, but for how long
Few books are felt as much as read, but The English Patient falls into this category. Like the film, it is hauntingly beautiful, but for slightly different reasons. The story of people haunted by love and war, their damaged souls converging at a villa in Italy, remains, but the focus and method in w Leggi tutto
Everyone hates at least one classic. Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient was the book that first did it for me. I’m not always fair when it comes to one-star reviews, but if I’m stopping shy of anonymous Amazon slams I figure I’m not doing all that bad. Still, I’ll try to be as fair as possible t Leggi tutto
The English Patient is an illuminating novel written by Michael Ondaatje, who tells the story of four damaged lives tangled together at the end of World War II. The story involves characters like: the melancholy, childlike nurse Hana; the emotionally and physically maimed thief, Caravaggio; the pens Leggi tutto
"I'll be looking at the moon, but I'll be seeing you." I thought this book was ok. I would say that I enjoyed it, but I can't say that it is one that will stay with me, nor one I will keep and choose to reread. There is a lot of flicking between past and present, and between different characters wit Leggi tutto
O, is for Ondaatje 2 Stars I’m going to venture out of my normal review style here, and instead do a Q & A with Hana (the, erm... MC, maybe?!) Me: Hey Hana, what’s up with you not leaving the Italian Villa despite the fact that there are corpses and mines littered everywhere and the war has ended a Leggi tutto
On the floating shelf of Books That Have Changed My Life, one will find The English Patient . Michael Ondaatje repeats a line (it appears on pages 112 and 113 of my edition) that I want to wrap myself up in and think about, write about, dream about, cry over, taste, drink in: ' If he could just walk t Leggi tutto
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