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The English Patient

The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje Oh my, I LOVED this. It's a beautiful book, almost hypnotic or trance like. I found that it almost sucked me in and, while it didn't lull me to sleep, it did leave me in a chilled state of mind. Restricted to 4 characters, they come together over the first few chapters. It is told in a way that each episode adds a layer of complexity to the character. initially it is just the nurse & English Patient, then Carravagio appears and you learn the nurse is Hana. Each fact uncovered adds something. Then there are the flash back sequences, which all three male characters undergo, in which something of them is revealed to the reader, but rarely to the other inhabitants of the villa. Hana, as the sole female character, is the pivot on which the story turns. she appears the most, but remains the one about whom we know the least. the fact that it doesn't reveal all makes it so very intriguing.