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Michael Ondaatjes fiction has been met with the highest praise - for its startling narrative inventiveness its richness of imagery and emotion the spellbinding quality of its language Now with The English Patient he gives us his most stunningly original novel yet New York Times Book Review The English Patient displays four destinies lost forever shattered by War lost everything love family home and even their own identities All that is left now are fragments Fragments of memories fragments of experiences and for one fragments of his own physical body One of the themes of the novel The English Patient is a reflection on identity which all four main characters have to realize in order to regain their lives A man falls burning out of the sky and into the lives and hearts of three very different people Pg 5 The best possible way to describe the English Patient Originally a Hungarian cartographer who studied in detail the Libyan Desert from 1931 to 1936 Real name Laszlo Almaacutesy joined the Germans during the Second World War to provide his expertise regarding the Libyan Desert During this period he falls in love with the wife of a British spy The spy and his wife die in front of him in the desert in a plane crash unable to save her looses his point in life and stops helping the Germans He takes an old plane buried in the desert to escape but the plane malfunctions and he falls out of the plane burning Allied unable to recognize him and he himself unable to tell even his own name shocked by the experience gets transferred to a military hospital in Italy Lost his love lost his identity faceless getting cared by a twenty years old nurse the English Patient addicted to morphine is in an identity crisis He is able to recognize the Villa he is living in but fails to remember his own name a
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