With his first novel since the internationally acclaimed The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje gives us a work displaying all the richness of imagery and language and the piercing emotional truth....
In Atonement, three children lose their innocence...
In the 1970s in Northern California, near Gold Rush country, a father and his teenage daughters, Anna and Claire, work their farm....
In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table”....
Charles Arrowby, leading light of England's theatrical set, retires from glittering London to an isolated home by the sea....
In this audiobook, the author of Seven Gothic Tales gives a true account of her life on her plantation in Kenya....
When he falls ill on his way home from school, 15-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age....
This extraordinarily accomplished debut novel is a brilliantly plotted story of forbidden love and piercing political drama, centered on the tragic decline of an Indian family....
An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi's past and present....
The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England....
This is the story of Robert Kincaid, the photographer and free spirit searching for the covered bridges of Madison County....
Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release....
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but 10, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense....
Man and Superman was the first drama to be broadcast on the BBC's Third Programme on October 1, 1946....
This highly entertaining anthology of verse is the comic, tragic, tender, and telling story of life's seven ages, from childhood to old age. Within the framework of Shakespeare's speech....
Ned Kelly's name resonates in Australia the same way the name Jesse James does in America....
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its original publication, here is a new translation of the classic story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the Russian Revolution....
Winner of the prestigious Booker of Bookers, Midnight's Children tells the story of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of India's independence....
"The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje wears the triple crown: it is profound, beautiful and heart-quickening." (Toni Morrison)
"There are books that change the shape of literature. The English Patient is such a book." (Books in Canada)
"A magic carpet ride of a novel that soars across worlds and times....A rare and spellbinding net of dreams." (Time)
This is a wonderfully written book that brings together the lives of 4 people affected differently by the war. It is touching and profound as well as insightful. For those that saw the movie....it is completely different in approach. Whereas the movie focused on the plots of individual lives, the book examines their "interior" world. Highly recommended.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
I wasn't sure about the book due to earlier reviews, but I want to assure you that the narrator is excellent. I also happen to like the book better than the movie made of it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
The writing is gorgeous, that goes without saying. Every turn of phrase was a visual feast for the eyes --and ears in this case. In more than one spot I stopped, went back, and listened again, and again, just because it was so beautifully written.
I came to the story first from the movie. The movie was done so well in every way, as evidenced by how many awards it was given, but it didn't quite seem enough for me to fully understand the relationships between these people. And, it was so well cast that the visual images of each of the characters carried over into the book.
As I suspected, as good as the movie was, this book dove into the heart and soul of each character. Even if they did something that was surprising, I understood it for the simple human frailty that the each revealed. Every frailty was also what was celebrated in each in gentle and elegant ways.
There were certain minor things that confused me about the movie, or that didn't quite ring true and that was because there was only a short time to offer a glimpse of each character without benefit of full history. That was why I wanted to read the book. It was so beautiful and so compelling that I needed to understand more fully what motivated these characters, until they ceased being characters and started being people.
I believe this is one of those rare books that could be picked up again and again, and every time something else will be revealed and I will have a deeper understanding.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This would easily have been 5-star except for the soulless lack of spacing between chapters. Jarring and upsetting the beautiful flow of the prose. The author and the narrator worked so hard to produce this jewel only to be let down by the techs. Can you fix this for others?
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Would you listen to The English Patient again? Why?
The narration is excellent: the reader changes his voice so we always know who is speaking. The transition between sections, however, is poorly done: the following section is edited immediately after the preceding one, sometimes "stepping" on it. Yes. I'd listen to this marvelous book again.
What did you like best about this story?
The author crafted his story and skillfully told it through the eyes of a severely burned and bedridden man. He developed the characters so that we feel we know them.
Have you listened to any of Christopher Cazenove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Have not listened before to the narrator. Will certainly do so in the future.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
An excellent film of this book already exists. It does, however, make several significant changes to the story so it leaves a different message.
Any additional comments?
Needs to be re-edited to leave a few seconds between sections.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Brings to full light and fruition all the weighty themes, characters, conflicts and insights that the move could only that the movie could only brushed against lightly. Though very different from the film, I think the screenplay was authentic as it could be with its limitations.
To the ear, Ondaatje's prose flow more like a Bach three part invention with the interweaving of the characters stories in and out, flowing smoothly against an almost cryptic "timeline". But the experiences of love, hate, war, desire and destiny are eternal/universal so story can be picked up or dropped anywhere, and always resonate with the reader.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
An excellent reading of an excellent novel. No, it's not like the film (which I also love); it's a giant prose poem, in which each word is beautifully chosen, and it's a meditation rather than a straightforward plot. Past and present melt in and out, and the war is seen from multiple angles.
The reader is excellent, and gives the Patient a hawk-like arrogance that is quite memorable. My only criticism is that the reader uses an English accent. The book is written by a Canadian, and most of the story is told from the perspective of Canadian characters. Although the reader attempts a Canadian accent during the dialogue sequences, the book is mostly narration, and the use of an English accent for that seemed jarring.
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Would you consider the audio edition of The English Patient to be better than the print version?
Sorry, I haven't seen print version.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The English Patient?
I enjoyed the building of the characters.
What about Christopher Cazenove’s performance did you like?
Excellent. Perfect for the story
If you could take any character from The English Patient out to dinner, who would it be and why?
The English Patient...there has to be more to his story.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
but, in a good way. The prose is commendable and the narrator kept me engaged. So if you are repelled from this book for having seen the film already, don't be.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
loved it! loved how it ended will definitely read again. now to watch the movie