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Posted July 27, 2009
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Is there a better book in English?
I carry this with me wherever I travel because just a page or 2 reboots me. Always fresh, always amazing. The writing, the vision, is like nothing else. The nun falling off the bridge -- read just that passage early in the book and you will see. It's not what you think. This book completely transcends categories of men's vs women's books. If you can think and imagine this is your book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 14, 2007
Definitely amazing...Ondaatje as good as ever in this book
I read this book back in school...amazing. The novel was very well written and Ondaatje brilliantly illustrates us the lives of the characters. I recall an excerpt describing Nicholas Tem. as he is working on the bridge...best I have read in years. I truly recommend this book and definitely Ondaatje's best so far, and I can't wait for the new one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 22, 2001
a dizzyingly beautiful experience--- my favorite novel
I was assigned to read this book for a post-colonial literature class in Dublin, but I later learned it was the professor's favorite novel and still believe that he secretly assigned it to us as a gift. . . Patrick White, who Ondaatje kills off without much attention in the English Patient, is an ingenius non-character. Through him we experience this fascinating and exciting underground world of Toronto's immigrant working class. We never find out too much about him, but through him we really see how vital our friends and loves are in our lives. . . There is some point in the novel where Clara tells Patrick that 'people are replaced' and Ondaatje makes it true. the sincerity of the flux of the central love story here is this novel's greatest strength. Ovid wrote of one of his mythological characters, 'Never before did one's heart have such a capacity for love.' That's how I feel about Patrick, so incredible is his love for Clara, and for her remarkable replacement. . . the death of Alice Gull is one of the most gut wrenching sequences I've ever read, and it begins so beautifully with some line like 'he had always wanted to know Alice Gull when she was old. . .' God I cry at those first lines every time I read them. . . reading this great book should give you the patience to follow the surreal plot. There is a line in the middle of the novel that explains what the first line of every novel should be. . . when you get to it you'll be glad you did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 1, 2009
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