Reviews: THE ENGLISH PATIENT by Michael Ondaatje


A couple of our participants read and reviewed The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje for the WWII reading challenge.  Here are excerpts from their reviews; click the links to read the complete reviews.

Kathy from Bermudaonion’s Weblog says:

Even though the writing in this book is beautiful, the story was slow for me.  I read this book years ago (when the movie was released) and re-read it recently.  I enjoyed it more the second time around, but still didn’t feel any great affinity for it.

And Amy from My Friend Amy says:

The English Patient is not the kind of book you pick up and think you will read through easily. At first I wasn’t too worried, it wasn’t that long and I figured I would read it quickly enough. I was very wrong. It took me quite awhile to read this book as I often had no idea what I was reading. I had to go back and reread sections and I was still confused. I had a hard time latching onto any timeline or cohesive plot. If I didn’t have the images of the film in my mind, or if this wasn’t a book club pick, I would never have been able to complete it.


**Attention participants:  Remember to email us a link to your reviews, and we’ll post them here so we can see what everyone is reading!**

1 Comment

  1. Wow, I remember reading and enjoyed this book a great deal and that was before I saw the movie. I’m surprised that others have not found it as enjoyable. I also tend to like books that are languid, so that might be a reason. I’m not a reader in need of concrete anchoring.

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