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  • The English Patient

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Ondaatje
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    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 audiobook like flashes of heat lightening.

    Leslie A. Foote says: "4 lives in the aftermath of WWII"
    "Lots of pretty words, but nothing happens"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I don't regret spending time listening to this book--I'm working my way through the "1001 Books to Read Before you Die" list--although audiobook may not be the best medium for what is a very confusing, convoluted story. The narrator barely pauses between sections where, as a reader, you would see blank space between paragraphs denoting some sort of slip in time and space. I picked up a paperback copy of the book so I could turn back and reread portions that had left me confused, but for the most part I hadn't missed much--and was still confused.

    Also, while I crave complex characters and a rip-roaring story, nothing really happens in the story! Even what should be exciting sequences are narrated exposition-style by one of the characters (and why do they all speak in flowery poetic language just like the writer himself?). With the exception of the Indian sapper Kip, the characters left me cold. The two women in the story, Hana and Katherine, may as well be the same person, for all the character distinction they show. They struck me as just objects for the men to focus on, and the overall feel was of a masculine melodrama romance novel... By the end, I felt like this should have been Kip's story, not the English patient's, not Hana's, but it was too late and I just couldn't bring myself to care.

    Too bad, as there are some lovely "frozen-moment" moments of disaster (a motorcycle suspended in thin air, a plane crash), but the characters are not fleshed out or interesting enough to drive what should be a character-driven story.


    What three words best describe Christopher Cazenove???s performance?

    strange Canadian accents...


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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