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The English Patient
The English Patient | Michael Ondaatje
With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. 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.From the Hardcover edition.
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📖 The English Patient
✍️ George Eliot
📺 Eerie Indiana
🎤ELO, Emerson, Lake and Palmer
🎶 Epic (Faith No More)

#ManicMonday #LetterE @CBee

CBee 😊😊😊 4w
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AmyK1
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Mehso-so

This was beautifully written but dark and often confusing. Kip was my favorite.

EvieBee Mine too. 4mo
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squirrelbrain
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I wanted to read this as it‘s on the Big Jubilee Read list, and will also feature on the new series of Between The Covers on the BBC.

I didn‘t know the story, having never seen the film either. It was simultaneously quite a calming, soporific read, but also very dark and disturbing, if a book can be all of those things at once!

I‘m glad I read it but can‘t say it would ever make my personal ‘best of‘ lists.

charl08 Oh I loved this book (and the film). I've loved (most of) his other books too. 5mo
squirrelbrain I have Anil‘s ghost on my physical TBR shelf @charl08 - I really should get to it soon! 5mo
TheKidUpstairs I haven't read this one yet. His books tend to be hit or miss for me, but my favourite is 5mo
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Centique I agree that it felt both beautifully calm and dark! Like @TheKidUpstairs my fave is In the Skin of a Lion 5mo
BarbaraBB I saw the movie ages ago and read the book afterwards. I loved both. But I had a crush on Mickey Rourke back then 😉 5mo
squirrelbrain I‘ll add that one to the TBR as well @TheKidUpstairs @Centique 5mo
squirrelbrain Just watched the BBC prog where they reviewed it @BarbaraBB and they said that the film missed out a lot from the book. 5mo
BarbaraBB That‘s true. So it was good to watch the film first! 5mo
Mel @charl08 Same here! Especially this one and Anil‘s Ghost ❤️ 5mo
vivastory The one that @thekidupstairs & @centique mention is a prequel to the English Patient 👍 5mo
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KristiAhlers
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Finally got around to reading this for #thebigjubileereadinglist Oh there are reasons books resonate with people. This one is so lyrically written and the characters are so…let‘s just say I loved everything about this. This is for the decade 1992-2001 representing Canada/Sri Lanka truly a story with heart. Although Kip is probably my favorite character out of all of them. #readingchallenge2022

marleed I‘m hoping to read this in 2022! 5mo
Cathythoughts A beautiful movie ❤️ I‘ve always hoped to read the book. One day 🤞🏻😁 5mo
mcctrish I LOVED this book and the movie ( 1992-2001 is my best decade in this challenge so far) 5mo
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KristiAhlers @Cathythoughts this is the one time the movie lives up to the book! You should do yourself a kindness and read it. It‘s one of my favorites of the year so far. 5mo
KristiAhlers @marleed do! It‘s such a very good read. 5mo
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KristiAhlers
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Well I‘ve got three books now off the book challenge “The Big Jubilee Read List” in honor of Queen Elizabeth II reign. First to kick things off The English Patient. Cold brew with cream and a book. Happy Friday to me! #readingchallenge #thebigjubileereadinglist @mcctrish

mcctrish I LOVED The English Patient ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
mcctrish In fact, I‘ve read this whole stack ( reading All The Queen‘s Men right now) ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
KristiAhlers @mcctrish nice! I‘m totally sucked in already!!! 5mo
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paperwitchs Can I have the link to this? :D 5mo
KristiAhlers @paperwitchs sorry it took me so long to get this to you! 5mo
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Ruthiella
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My second #JoysofJune and #14Books14Weeks2021 completed book!

I have fond memories of the film but I didn‘t like the book so much. The stories are all very fanciful and the writing often poetic and obscure. The grand romance worked better for me on the screen. Still, my favorite character is Kirpal “Kip” Singh, both the literary version or the one portrayed by the gorgeous Naveen Andrews. 😍

Sparklemn Agree on Kip - character and actor 💙 1y
EvieBee Their “romance” was better on film. In the book it was just disturbing. I love Kip and that side story! When he lets his hair down…🤭 1y
Ruthiella @Sparklemn Great minds! 😆 1y
Ruthiella @EvieBee I remember that scene! ❤️ 1y
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Pauline888888
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Reading this book is like eating dark chocolates...
You just love this mysterious bitterness melting on your tongue...

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PurpleyPumpkin
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Another bucket list book read!👍🏽 I‘ve been wanting to read this book for decades, literally. Not sure why it took me so long to get to this. The language was beautiful, the story compelling. 4/5⭐️

MsMelissa I have a love-hate relationship with Ondaatje, but I‘m firmly in the love camp when it comes to this novel. Glad you enjoyed it. 2y
BarbaraBB I loved this one! 2y
Cathythoughts I loved this movie .... still to read the book 2y
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LeahBergen My favourite of his. ❤️ 2y
LeslieO This is on my top ten all time favorites list. 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @MsMelissa @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @LeslieO So nice to see so much love for this book! 💜 2y
UwannaPublishme Glad you‘re enjoying more great reads! 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I really am! February has been a good reading month for me. 😁👍🏽 2y
UwannaPublishme Yay! Glad things are settling down and you have some extra time for reading. Hope it‘s not too cold over there. Weather has been crazy this year. 2y
KCofKaysville I liked the film 2y
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Daisey
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As we get further into my #12BooksOf2020 list, it seems important to mention that I‘m not just listing favorite reads. Some of the books I‘ve listed were just thoroughly enjoyable, but several make the list more as memorable reads. This book made an impression and I still think about aspects of it randomly.

Andrew65 A good choice. 2y
JazzFeathers I've heard that Ondaatje is a very peculiar author. 2y
MsMelissa I loved this book! It was the first of Ondaatje‘s books I read, but sadly none of the others have lived up to this one for me. 2y
Daisey @JazzFeathers @Book_Fiend_Melissa I‘m actually not sure if I‘ve ever heard of any of his other books. I don‘t remember a lot of exact details as it was one of my first reads of the year, but the description of how the war impacted these characters has really stuck with me. 2y
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SummerMom
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Beautiful writing . Sad book of war and loss

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julesG
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Thanks for the tag @MariaW

#thankfulThursday @Cosmos_Moon

1) Charmed
2) Friends I can call at 6am, who let me vent about my a-hole landlord because I don't have hot water.

What about you? @Maike @Buechersuechtling @Heideschrampf @Sarah83

MariaW @julesG Wowo, good choice. Have read the book and seen the movie too. 🤗 2y
rockpools Urgh. Hope you get the water sorted quickly. Your landlord - just 😡 2y
julesG @rockpools My landlord only starts moving and doing something when I threaten to reduce the rent. 2y
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rockpools @julesG Yup - he‘s a star 🙁. Good luck! 2y
Smarkies I did a whole Charmed marathon during out lockdown. It was fun! 2y
Heideschrampf Thanks for the tag! 1) To my shame i must mention peeking into the most recent series of teen mom recently 🙈🙈 and for 2) i would definitely say i‘m thankfull to be able to spend the next sweltering days in my parents backyard with a good book (instead of my tiny inner city flat) where i‘ll be able to finish by first #bookspin novel in the shade! ☀️🏖😎📖 2y
Cosmos_Moon Friends are the best! 2y
Cosmos_Moon @Heideschrampf I was hooked on teen mom/16 & pregnant when I was pregnant, and so happy I was a “grownup” 2y
julesG @Heideschrampf Enjoy the reading in the garden. 2y
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He whispers again, dragging the listening heart of the young nurse beside him to wherever his mind is, into that well of memory he kept plunging into during those months before he died.

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craftstolearn
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Excited to start reading this!

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wanderinglynn
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Very clever! I‘m not sure where is originated, but I saw it on Maks Victor Antiquarian Books FB page. The caption read:

“Just another shelf of books? Take a closer look.”

I‘ll post the titles in a spoiler comment or check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/maksviktorantiquarian/photos/a.1867889649909950/3148186...

wanderinglynn The English Patient Had Caught It On The Beach. I should Have Stayed Home She Said. Now She Was In Quarantine In The Dark House of Splendid Isolation. Still Hope Springs Eternal With a Little Bit of Luck, Common Sense, And Personal Hygiene, The Corona Book of Horror Stories Must End Soon. Always Remember, Clean Hands Save Lives And When In Doubt, Don't Go Out. 2y
Sharpeipup Quite clever! 2y
BookishMe BEAUTIFUL 2y
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BookishMe 😍😍 Brilliantly beautiful 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That is amazing...and really clever. 2y
Princess_Alissa So clever! Haha 2y
Lcsmcat Great minds think alike. I just posted this too. 😀 2y
Fdvgf I reposted it from my library‘s Facebook feed yesterday - so clever!🤓 2y
Leslie_in_AK So....now I want to reorganize all of my book shelves....thank you for adding more to my “fun to do” list! Hahaha 2y
wanderinglynn @Leslie_in_AK post a photo if you do! 2y
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1jules
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Check out this book on Goodreads: The English Patient http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11713.The_English_Patient
This one is one of my all time favorite reads. Beautifully written. I also enjoyed listening to the Audible version w/ the narrator, Ralph Fiennes & his soothing & intoxicating voice! A must read for anyone!
#theenglishpatient
#michaelondaatje

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mdm139
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I see why this book has won awards. The writing is poetic and it is about healing physically, mentally, and emotionally after the trauma of war. I brought this book used many years ago and found the original receipt. It was first purchased in 1996 in California from Walden Books.

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Daisey
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Supper tonight included soup, salad, and finishing this book. It describes the experiences and memories of four people in an Italian villa just after the retreat of the Germans at the end of WWII. I was saddened yet fascinated by the war time experiences of each character and especially intrigued by the descriptions of dismantling bombs. The writing style took a while for me to adjust to, but I appreciated the vivid detail and literary allusions.

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Daisey
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The last book I finished in 2019 was Squint. The book I started and am continuing into the new year is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. However, the first book I started after midnight on January 1 is The English Patient.

Thanks for the fun prompt, @BookNAround! #lastfirst

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mdm139
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I have been on a reading slump lately. I have started many good books but just wasn‘t feeling any of them. Hopefully this one gets me out of my slump. It is in the 70s right now so windows are open.

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Jari-chan
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A book I read more or less unplanned. But how lucky I got! This definitely is a highlight this month and maybe even in 2019. That beautiful language caught me and didn't let me go again.

Buechersuechtling Cool, that it still has its fans. I saw the film when it came to the cinemas – and was so impressed that I of course needed to read the book immediately. But it left me disappointed hugely . Since then I‘m through with “The English Patient”. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3y
Jari-chan @Buechersuechtling I didn't watch the film and I guess I won't ever. Or maybe only in a couple of years. Right now I have the feeling it would destroy to much for me. I'm happy to hear that you were impressed by the movie even though the book wasn't for you. 😊 3y
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Skeebies05
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1. An oldie
2. Crunchy
3. Sunset - i never want to be up early enough to see the sunrise 😜
4. All of the concerts I want to go to but can‘t afford!
5. I hated elementary school but my 4th grade teacher was always very nice to me.
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Starting this soon!I

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“We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves.

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KarenUK
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#februarywrapup
Lots of bookclub and challenge reads this month...

The English Patient was my favorite new to me book.... ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I also thoroughly enjoyed my two audio re-reads for bookclubs with The Wife and The Song of Achilles..... I like to re-read anything in a new format, and both of these on audio were fantastic 💕

Cathythoughts Loved English Patient movie ... book sounds great 4y
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Skeebies05
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1. But Kip and Hana
2. 🌻 sunflowers
3. Chocolate (white!)
I‘m pretty late to this. Thanks for the tag @Beatlefan129
#hellothursday

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KarenUK
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This post-war set novel has a beautiful sense of place, and the poetic writing is dense but so lyrical and sensual.
4 damaged people share a crumbling Tuscan villa- Kip, a Sikh sapper, Caravaggio the thief and Army nurse Hana caring for the mysterious ‘English‘ patient. The story floats between their time together and the memories and heartbreak of their pasts.
No page-turner, but I savored every moment with the gorgeous prose.
#mywheelhousetbr

CharissaWeaksAuthor Such a good book! 4y
Cathythoughts Loved the movie ... love this quote ♥️👍🏻 4y
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Ameliature
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"Gradually we became nationless. I came to hate nations. We are deformed by nation-states."

Such a powerful quote. Feels as relevant today as in WWII when this book takes place.

Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 4y
RaimeyGallant Great quote! Welcome! 4y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 4y
Ameliature Thanks for the warm welcome, all! Happy to be on Litsy! 4y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📚🐛 4y
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KarenUK
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Just a few pages in, and look! @mrsmarch
It‘s not just us, who love the smell of dog feet!!😍👃🐶🐾💕😂

Melissa_J They smell like Frito‘s (seriously they really do). 4y
KarenUK @Melissa_J I always think my boys‘ smelt of fresh baked biscuits🤷‍♀️ 4y
KarenUK @Melissa_J ....though to be honest, I‘ve never eaten a Frito so maybe they do! 😂 4y
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mrsmarch @Melissa_J Amy‘s smelled like Fritos. Fried corn chips. Bunny‘s have a warm-bread smell. Dog feet, seriously, are A Thing. @KarenUK 4y
LeahBergen I loved the smell of my dog‘s feet! 😂😂 His were definitely “Eau de Corn Chip”. @Melissa_J @mrsmarch 4y
Melissa_J @mrsmarch @LeahBergen these responses bring me joy 😊🐾 4y
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tjwill Relatable 🙌🏽 4y
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“She had come to love these books dressed in their Italian spines, the frontispieces, the tipped-in colour illustrations with a covering of tissue, the smell of them, even the sound of the crack if you opened them too fast, as if breaking some minute unseen series of bones.”

LauraBeth You‘re making me want to re-read this book! 4y
WanderingBookaneer @LauraBeth : It is my first time reading it, I am not done yet, but I am already thinking of rereading it! 4y
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Who would have guessed that someone else wanted to read this? I have 5 hours left and 1 day to listen. If all else fails,I own it on my Kindle.

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Blargh! This one really didn't do anything positive for me. Had to read it for an English class though.

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“It is still terrible out there. Dead cattle. Horses shot dead, half eaten. People hanging upside down from bridges. The last vices of war. Completely unsafe. The sappers haven‘t gone in there yet to clear it. The Germans retreated burying and installing mines as they went. A terrible place for a hospital. The smell of the dead is the worst. We need a good snowfall to clean up this country. We need ravens.”

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What its like to read ❤️

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ElaineHowlin
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Tonights book. I love the movie so fingers crossed for this one.

#currentlyreading #manbooker

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This was the time in her life that she fell upon books as the only door out of her cell. They became half her world. She sat at the night table, hunched over, reading of the young boy in India who learned to memorize diverse jewels and objects on a tray, tossed from teacher to teacher - those who taught him dialect who taught him memory those who taught him to escape the hypnotic.

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I am starting this book today as I begin my journey towards the Hills.

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 🎉 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 4y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 4y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 4y
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"She broke free of the chords and released her fingers into intricacy, tumbling into what she had held back, the jazz detail that split open notes and angles from the chestnut of melody."

Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

#michaelondaatje #theenglishpatient

Artwork by Debra Hurd

UCLAoso Love the painting, I can‘t stop looking at it. 4y
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BookHermit
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It‘s been 20 years since I‘ve read the book or seen the movie. This article is an interesting read for both the lovers and the loathers: https://popula.com/2018/09/30/sarahs-magnum-opus/

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Valeka
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I love this 💖

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bookandcat
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#backpackeurope travelogue *fictional*
Country 56: Okay, I lied. I'm back in Italy again, for the 5th time, so I can use this week's *travel hub* to fly to Azerbaijan. Though I had planned to fly home from Spain, I couldn't resist the chance to go for the last few countries!
I visited Capri (Blue Grotto, beach club) and Positano (including Montepertuso restaurants!) like I did on my honeymoon.
Book was very nice - lovely prose but very sad. 4/5

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