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The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
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Aug 07, 07

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Recommended for: anyone with a brain

First read this in grade twelve while in that stage of literary development that hates the sight or mere suggestion of a sentence fragment. My syntactical fundamentalist stage. Now, of course, having read the thing a thousand times, I see that the man is merely a born poet writing a beautiful novel. It's breathtakingly visual and tender and his sense of language is instinctive and pared down. One of my all-time favourite favourites.

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Spiros I am glad to see that you have overcome your fear of sentence fragments ("First read this in grade twelve...", "My syntactical fundamentalist stage.""One of my all-time..."). For my part, I like to think that I have mastered the art of the run-on sentence fragment. I also like to think of myself as a Canadian trapped in an American body, so what the hell do I know, eh?

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