"The English Patient" Book Review by Champ

"The English Patient"
A review of the narrative structure of Michael Ondaatje's novel "The English Patient".
# 98876 | 749 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Oct 22, 2007 in Literature (World) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses how the narrative structure of Ondaatje's famous novel "The English Patient" is extremely important for the message that the text means to transmit. It looks at how Ondaatje's book is a complex investigation of a few main themes: history, nationhood and identity. Although it is set during World War II, the novel seems to silence the historical events and to replace them by the personal narratives of the four protagonists: the English patient, Katharine, Hana and Kip. It attempts to show how Ondaatje, thus, rewrites history by abolishing the chronological, strict form and replacing it with a collage made of the scraps coming from the separate experiences of the four main characters.

From the Paper:

"Thus, the Libyan Desert is the most important symbol in the novel. It is in the first place the spot where the love story between Almasy, a scientist involved in the expedition of the Geographical Society that aims at mapping the desert, and Katharine Clifton, the wife of the war spy Geoffrey Clifton. The jealous Geoffrey attempts to take revenge on Almasy for the affair he had with his wife, and tries to crush his plane down on him. The English patient escapes, but Geoffrey dies and Katharine who was traveling with him is badly wounded. Almasy is forced to leave Katharine in a cave in the desert and seek help, but he is caught and restrained because his name indicated him as a possible British spy and thus only returns after two years for Katharine's body. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ondaatje, Michael. The English Patient. New York: Random House, 2001.

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