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    The English Patient

    Michael Ondaatje

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    The Golden Man Booker was set up to celebrate five decades of the Man Booker Prize. All 51 winning entries were considered by a selection of hand-picked judges who chose five winners from each decade. Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient was voted the overall best Man Booker winner in a public vote.

    The Second World War is drawing to a close and the nurse, Hana, is tending to her sole remaining patient in an abandoned Italian villa. Rescued from a burning plane, the anonymous Englishman is damaged and haunted. The only clue to his identity is a copy of The Histories of Herodotus, that has been covered with handwritten notes about a tragic love affair.

    Adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas by director Anthony Mingella, this is a beautifully written and compelling piece of fiction.
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  • Divisadero

    Michael Ondaatje

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    It is the 1970s in Northern California. A farmer and his teenage daughters, Anna and Claire, work the land with the help of Coop, the enigmatic young man who lives with them. Theirs' is a makeshift family, until they are riven by an incident of violence - of both hand and heart - that 'sets fire to the rest of their lives'. This is a story of possession and loss, about the often discordant demands of family, love, and memory. Written in the sensuous prose for which Michael Ondaatje's fiction is celebrated, "Divisadero" is the work of a master story-teller.
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  • In the Skin of a Lion

    Michael Ondaatje

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    With an introduction by Anne Enright Before the real city could be seen it had to be imagined, the way rumours and tall tales were a kind of charting. It is the 1920s, and Patrick Lewis has arrived in the bustling city of Toronto, leaving behind his Canadian wilderness home. Immersed in the lives of the people who surround him - the immigrants building the city, as well as those who dreamed it into being - Patrick begins to learn, from their stories, the history of the city itself. And he has his own adventures: searching for a missing millionaire, tunnelling beneath Lake Ontario, falling in love. In the Skin of a Lion is Michael Ondaatje's sparkling predecessor to his Booker Prize-winning The English Patient. Here we encounter Hana the orphaned girl and Caravaggio the thief for the first time, as well as a large cast of other characters, all lovingly and intimately portrayed. Exquisite and musical, In the Skin of a Lion is a novel that challenges the boundary between history and myth. It is a stunning modern classic.
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  • The Cat's Table

    Michael Ondaatje

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    In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a huge liner bound for England - a 'castle that was to cross the sea'. At mealtimes, he is placed at the lowly 'Cat's Table' with an eccentric group of grown-ups and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys become involved in the worlds and stories of the adults around them, tumbling from one adventure and delicious discovery to another, 'bursting all over the place like freed mercury'. And at night, the boys spy on a shackled prisoner - his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever.
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  • The English Patient

    Michael Ondaatje

    Product Code: ACSBJ
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    Hana, a Canadian nurse, exhausted by death, and grieving for her own dead father; the maimed thief-turned-Allied-agent, Caravaggio; Kip, the emotionally detached Indian sapper - each is haunted in different ways by the man they know only as the English patient, a nameless burn victim who lies in an upstairs room. His extraordinary knowledge and morphine-induced memories - of the North African desert, of explorers and tribes, of history and cartography; and also of forbidden love, suffering and betrayal - illuminate the story, and leave all the characters forever changed.
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  • Handwriting

    Michael Ondaatje

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    The poems in "Handwriting", Michael Ondaatje's most recent collection, are memories of Sri Lanka: the rituals and traditions, history and geography, the smells and tastes, and colours of his first home. Here are sunless forests, cattle-bells, stilt-walkers 'with the movement of prehistoric birds'; a Buddha buried 'so roots/like fingers of a blind monk/spread for two hundred years over his face'; saffron and panic seed, lotus flowers, sandalwood; and a lover, who lay 'her fearless heart/light as a barn owl/against him all night'. "Handwriting" is an elegy for lost childhood, for a culture and language lost to the turmoil of history, but it is also a glimpse of the source of the writer's delicate, erotic, and mysterious imagination. By focussing on writing frankly about beautiful things, Ondaatje takes the poems beyond narrative to these simple, deeply sensual images - given to us in a language that is pared, cursive and exquisite.
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  • Anil's Ghost

    Michael Ondaatje

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    "Anil's Ghost" transports us to Sri Lanka, a country steeped in centuries of tradition, now forced into the late twentieth century by the ravages of the civil war. Into this maelstrom steps Anil Tissera, a young woman born in Sri Lanka sent by an international human rights group as a forensic anthropologist to investigate the campaigns of organised slaughter engulfing the island. What follows is a story about love, about family, about identity, about the unknown enemy, about the quest to unlock the hidden past - a story driven by a riveting mystery.
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