Minghella, A: The English Patient

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Anthony Minghella, Michael Ondaatje

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Beschreibung

A novel that takes place as the Second World War is ending, and explores the lives of four very different people who find themselves sheltering together in a ruined villa north of Florence as the war retreats around them. From the author of SKIN OF A LION.

Anthony Minghella, CBE was an English film director, playwright and screenwriter. Born on the Isle of Wight in 1984, he was Chairman of the Board of Governors at the British Film Institute between 2003 and 2007. His plays include Whale Music, Two Planks and a Passion, A Little Like Drowning (for which he won the Critics Award for Most Promising Playwright, 1984), Made in Bangkok (for which he won the Critics Award for Best New Play, 1986), Hang Up, Cigarettes and Chocolate, and Eyes Down Looking. He was an Oscar-winning director, famous for his adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's novel, The English Patient (1996). He died in 2008.

Michael Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka and lives in Toronto.  The English Patient won the Booker Prize in 1992 and was made into an Oscar-winning film directed by Anthony Minghella.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 224
Erscheinungsdatum 24.02.1997
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-413-71500-5
Reihe Screen and Cinema
Verlag Random House Children's Books
Maße (L/B/H) 20.5/12.8/1.1 cm
Gewicht 225 g
Abbildungen colour illustrations

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A fascinating and moving novel
von S. Fischer am 09.09.2009
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Towards the end of World War II, several people who have been damaged physically and / or emotionally by the war live for a while in an old Italian villa. Hannah, a Canadian nurse, has lost everyone she loved and now takes care of a badly burned patient, supposedly an Englishman suffering from amnesia. They are joined by Carava... Towards the end of World War II, several people who have been damaged physically and / or emotionally by the war live for a while in an old Italian villa. Hannah, a Canadian nurse, has lost everyone she loved and now takes care of a badly burned patient, supposedly an Englishman suffering from amnesia. They are joined by Caravaggio, a thief and spy for the Allies who was tortuted and crippled when he was caught by the Italians. Then a sapper, a young Sikh (Indian) named Kip, moves in, too. It's his job to defuse mines and bombs in the area, a job that could cost his life any second - and at the same time the people he's working for are disrciminating against him because he's coloured. A tender romance between Kip and Hannah starts, and all the while, the English patient tells about his past and how he ended up here. Before the war he was a desert explorer who fell in love with a married woman. This forbidden affair, combined with the beginning war in the North African desert, led to a terrible tragedy... This is not a simple book to read because several stories are interwoven and they are not told in a linear way - the story jumps back and forth in time and moves between characters and places. As a result, it's comparatively difficult to follow and it certainly helps to read it more than once if you want to fully appreciate it. That being said, I found it utterly beautiful, deeply moving, very intelligent. It's a novel that gives you a lot to feel and to think about regarding war, love, possessiveness, racism, colonialism, art and many other things. Many scenes stay with you. It has been made into a film - and a good one - but so much has been shortened from it that it doesn't achieve the same impact and depth. This is simply one of the best novels I've ever read.

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