Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Isbn-10: 0747589925 | Isbn-13: 9780747589921 | Publish date: 02/01/2007 | Edition 21
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A book that binds readers of great literature, The English Patient secured the Booker Prize for author Ondaatje. The poet and novelist has also written In the Skin of a Lion, Coming Through Slaughter and The Collected Works of Billy the Kid; two collections of poems, The Cinnamon Peeler and There's a Trick with a Knife I'm Learning to Do; and a memoir, Running in the Family.
Simona Garbarini said on Jan 25, 2015, 13:30
阿伯伯 said on Oct 13, 2014, 09:17
p. 283 我相信這個。當我們遇見了我們所愛慕的人時，我們的靈魂會變得喜歡追溯歷史，變得有點迂腐，想像或者想起對方曾經擦身而過，就像一年前柯頓為妳打開過車門，卻不在意他的命運。
p. 308 我從小接受我們國家的傳統教育，但是後來，我受到的教育往往來自你們的國家。你們那毫不起眼的白人島國，用自己的習俗、禮儀、書籍、官吏、理性改變了這個世界的其他地方。你們訂立了嚴苛的行為準則 。
Yu-tong said on Feb 25, 2014, 02:48
Irene Y Lin said on Sep 19, 2013, 12:06
Ero indecisa se dare due o tre stelle a questo libro, ma forse è più congeniale due. Per prima cosa, dalla trama della Garzanti si evinceva si trattasse della storia d'amore tra il paziente inglese e la moglie di un suo collega. Inoltre, ho trovato le descrizioni relative all'ambientazione non molto precise e in generale il libro esposto in maniera troppo frammentaria e confusionaria. Noo, non ci siamo. Mi aspettavo molto di meglio, anche un po' più di passione, invece, anche la storia d'amore in questione è descritta in maniera quasi grottesca.
VaMu said on Aug 10, 2013, 19:52
Angigirl said on May 24, 2013, 12:14
"Voi giocavate alla guerra come a cricket. Come avete fatto a ingannarci fino a tanto? Ecco... ascolta quello che tu e la tua gente avete fatto."
La guerra raccontata attraverso i sentimenti, i pensieri e gli eventi accaduti ai quattro personaggi: Hana, Kip, Caravaggio e il paziente inglese.
Luana V. said on May 22, 2013, 15:56
"io ci credo. quando si incontra una persona di cui ci innamoriamo, una parte del
nostro spirito e' storico, un po' pignolo, e immagina o ricorda un incontro in cui
l'altro si trovava casualmente
[...] ma tutte le parti del corpo devono essere pronte per l'altro, ogni atomo deve
balzare in una direzione sola perche' si realizzi cio' che si desidera."
Paveita said on Mar 22, 2013, 19:00
Elisabetta.T said on Mar 09, 2013, 16:12
Love makes you understand not intimacy but the difficulty of which. The difficulty of expressing it, of temporarily giving yourself over to someone else, of trusting and of being relied on.
And recording the traces of intimacy is a difficult task for writers.Intimate scene is one of the core tricks of make-believe in romantic narratives. This passage from The English Patient shows us how perfectly itimacy can be described in English, in the wildest and most subdued way:
'What is terrible in what I did? Don’t we forgive everything of a lover? We forgive selfishness, desire, guile. As long as we are the motive for it. You can make love to a woman with a broken arm, or a woman with fever. She once sucked blood from a cut on my hand as I had tasted and swallowed her menstrual blood. There are some European words you can never translate properly into another language. Felhomaly. The dusk of graves. With the connotation of intimacy there between the dead and the living.
I lifted her into my arms from the shelf of sleep. Clothing like cobweb. I disturbed all that.'
We can find several locales for the intimate moments to happen: the tent & library for Hana and Kip, hotel room for the English and kate, English patien's ward for H&K&Caravaggio.
Near the end of the novel, Kip, now a family man, starts to look back on his days when he was in love with Hana: 'Now there are these urges to talk with her during a meal and return to that stage they were most intimate at in the tent or in the English patient’s room, both of which contained the turbulent river of space between them. Recalling the time, he is just as fascinated at himself there as he is with her—boyish and earnest, his lithe arm moving across the air towards the girl he has fallen in love with. '
After all, recalling the moments of intimacy is how we remember love.
Sienna Huang said on Feb 26, 2013, 17:56