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The English Patient

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

A transcendent work

A meditation on passion, written in a formless, dreamlike, hallucinatory style. Images appear in the novel as they do in the imagination: suddenly and disquietingly. The author seems to be saying that life is as much about our internal experience as it is about the ext...
A meditation on passion, written in a formless, dreamlike, hallucinatory style. Images appear in the novel as they do in the imagination: suddenly and disquietingly. The author seems to be saying that life is as much about our internal experience as it is about the external world. Love is not this charming thing, but a desperate, agonizing crisis.

posted by Anonymous on November 30, 2000

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Different, Intriging, Complex

Although the storyline and writing are very unusual, I frequently was confused. Often the author does not identify the speaker in a conversation and there is alot of moving from between time periods and characters without introduction. The characters themselves were ver...
Although the storyline and writing are very unusual, I frequently was confused. Often the author does not identify the speaker in a conversation and there is alot of moving from between time periods and characters without introduction. The characters themselves were very, very interesting. I learned from reading about the sapper who defused bombs during and after the war. Very informative. I'm 3/4 through. It is definately worth the read although the confusing nature of the writing initially tempted me to put it down.

posted by LoisLaneLG on April 24, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2006

    Terrible, Terrible Novel

    This is the dumbest book I've ever read in my life. There is no plot and I don't care about Hana being in love with a burnt guy! So dumb!

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2005

    Booooooooring

    I'd rather have walked across the Sahara than have read this book. Too bad you can't give zero stars

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2003

    What a SNOOZER!

    The ONLY way I was able to make it through this lousy book was by Spark-Notes... Yes I'm a high school student but I don't see what difference that makes. I'm still a person who reads books. This one's in the top ten list of the worst books I've had to read this year.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2002

    The emperor has no clothes!

    Judging by the user reviews here, one might think that the only people who did not enjoy this book are immature high school students who were forced to read it in English class. Since I cannot believe that is the case, allow me to put in a word on behalf of the many mature and intelligent readers who simply do not see what the big deal is about this book. I read this book about ten years ago, well before the movie came out, after hearing a friend gush endlessly about it. The critical response to this book is a good example of what B.F. Myers in "A Reader's Manifesto" referred to as the "cult of the sentence." Everyone oohs and ahs about the supposed "lyrical," "compelling," "meditative," "hypnotic" (and other meaningless adjectives) quality of the writing, but no one can explain what's so great about it or why we're supposed to find the book interesting. Look behind the "lyrical" writing and you'll find nothing but a dull story about unmemorable characters, dressed it up in overly descriptive language and a deliberately confusing narrative structure. While I have nothing against difficult reading, the technique employed by an author must have some underlying purpose other than hiding the author's inability to tell a good story or to create interesting characters. If you enjoyed the book, more power to you. But I suspect that for most fans of the book, the real payoff is the cachet they get walking around with an "intellectual" book.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2000

    Make it go away ...

    I *made* myself read until the fourth chapter - then I couldn't decide if the author or the publisher should be shot. I guess the author was trying to write some kind of poetic masterpiece. However, I could not keep the characters staight, I couldn't figure out what they were doing, and after 100 pages I stopped caring. What's funny is how this book made me think of high school Literature class when I had to read books that I hated. (I was so surprized when I saw the movie that it was halfway decent.)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2011

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