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The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
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Mar 03, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: war, location-africa, lit-fic

It's ok. That is as much of a recommendation that I can give this book, as it left me extremely disappointed and unfulfilled and it was a relief when I finally finished it.

The writing is poetic and languidly beautiful, lingering in your mind long after you put the book down. I wanted to love it. But it is such a frustrating read. At times the beauty of the language Ondaatje uses becomes so much the focus of the book that the characters and storyline are lost in the haze.

The film is great though. Beautiful cinematography and much more rounded characterisation. That gets 5 stars.

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