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Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize–winning best seller lyrically portrays the convergence of four damaged lives in a bomb-riddled Italian villa. Ondaatje's The English Patient. The goal of this thesis is to discuss the characters of the women illustrated in this book: Hana, a Canadian. Thanks for the A2A The nurse Hana, exhausted by death, obsessively tends to her last surviving patient. Caravaggio, the thief, tries to reimagine who he is, now .

I bet they would draw a border to keep the wind off if they could, and would then sell air, or they would, for instance, transport polluted air to third world countries This is maybe easier said than done, in the case of Michael Ondaatje as elsewhere. Gradually we became nationless. I came to hate nations. We are deformed by nation-states. Yes and no. Yes in the sense it is this and much more, no in the sense it is not just this but much more. There is the film, or the movie, and the novel with its various readings, and the two are quite different.

Without wishing to denigrate, the movie - meant to move large audiences and fully succeeding in this - was, to quote a very young critic, a standard Oscar-winning one, with breathtaking desert scenes and heartbreaking love.

It was technically impeccable, almost too good to be true, and this was its only fault - its faultlessness, its ultimately being kitsch. The novel had been turned into a typical high-class Hollywood love story, the story of Katharine and Almasy, above all.

In circumstances where video versions of films are not so easily accessible, watching a film is still very much a linear affair no rewinds, replays, stops, gaps , determined by somebody earlier on-the script-writer, the director, the technician, the censor. I should especially stress the role of the latter in what used to be the Soviet Union, which is where I myself come from - all films, especially the ones that came from the West, were censored, sometimes very drastically.

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Also, the temporal, or call it historical, sequence of films was turned upside down - Lawrence of Arabia shown later than The English Patient, for example. With books things were more complicated in the Soviet days.

That made it most convenient for the communist party.

The inconvenience, however, lay in the fact that there were libraries, and especially, private libraries, and the fact that the so-called Free World was still there, although temporarily, getting ripe for the World Revolution, hence its demise.

Until then, however, one could still get hold of books, there existed several illicit ways of getting and spreading and reading and translating books - with risks involved, but that made it even more desirable. Reading was dangerous, it still is, in a figurative sense, but this is beside the point here.

It thus often happened that you could get a book for just one night and could read, say, just the first part of it, and a friend read the rest of it.

Incidentally, Canadian literature is not well known in Estonia, nor is Ondaatje, and the fact that this film was based on a novel of his most probably went unnoticed. However, the book itself appeared this summer in some of the expensive bookstores but I had read it previously and made copies of certain meaningful pages unlawfully, I am afraid that I had some real difficulty in putting together again when preparing this paper at home.

But returning to absence which we have agreed is present, what is absent then? Critics and readers alike cannot fail to notice this particular reluctance to first give the names of characters which somehow emphasizes the very significance of those.

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The lack and mystery of the name of the Patient is central here, of course, but it is also true of the names of the others-Hana goes nameless until Caravaggio what a name makes his appearance, having earlier concealed his own name too while in a military hospital in Rome, writing out his serial number only v. The moment the name is uttered for the first time is decisive, but it is constantly postponed, which makes the first naming of it ever more meaningful, fatal, sometimes.

Would that which we call a rose indeed by any other name smell as sweet? Playful and otherly as he is, she is drawn to him and longs to hide in him. She the soft, the hurting girl. This becomes the picture of love in the novel, and why my stomach moves in me while reading. Such a human, soft and painful depiction draws me in and I feel like I am in love myself.

As I read, the English patient begins to tell his three friends in the monastery about his past, a past with desert romances and spies. Here love becomes a kind of intimate pain that is shared between himself and the woman with whom he has an affair.

As she has taken the blood from his hand when he cut himself cooking for her. The novel abounds in such alluring and poetic scenes.

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All of this is in the past, in a flashback narrated by the English patient who it turns out is really Hungarian and works for the Germans. Kip also has a flashback to his time in England in the beginning of the war and also to his childhood in India before the war.

The single moment in the monastery takes on significance as it becomes the seedbed of the future. Likewise, the lengthy past of the several characters only come to fruition in their meeting in the monastery where their stories merge to produce a moment of magic.

The novel seems as one long moment, a moment in which the past and the future is incapsulated in the present. The moment finds its most powerful expression in the sexual tension and act, in particular between Hana and Kip. The weight and significance of their union comes from what it represents. The descriptions of the bodily features are only matched by the landscape which they also symbolize.

Kip is Asia. A frustrated, almost revolting India whose humble service turns to rebellion in the end. Their love is landscapes, countries, cultures encountering each other. Their relationship captures colonization and decolonization.

Having crashed in a burning airplane in North Africa, his whole burned body is bandaged and his face covered and unrecognizable. As an archeologist who is knowledgeable in North African geography, he has become useful in the desert war, where the Germans and the English have been fighting and finding their way through the desert sands.

For him, the desert is more than a theatre of war: it is ancient civilisations and peoples. The present is a mere moment in time, a moment in the expansive flow of history, a flow that extends into the future. The present moment, however, contains the whole flow of history in itself, the eternity of mankind is embraced by the human person and the meeting between human beings in the moments in which such meetings take place.

Such meetings are magical, because they contain the whole of humanity, the feelings of entire nations and civilisations.

In such a magical encounter, the English patient meets Hana, a young Canadian nurse who nurses him back to life. For her this meeting becomes a refuge from the total destruction of war that is going on outside and from the memory of her beloved dead father. Shielded by the chapel walls, and covered by blankets, like he is covered by bandages, she hides away, sleeping next to him night by night, washing his naked body in the day and loving his every bodily feature.

He is her hope, her rescue.

The sensual, earthy descriptions are so meticulous and magical in their simplicity and erotic suggestiveness. Hana, the real main character of the novel is also the real mystery. How she gives herself and longs for companionship seems to me the real beauty of the novel.

Two other characters appear, first Caravaggio, the Italian friend of her father whom she has known from childhood and Kip the Indian The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, Jakob Mortensen, 17 December sapper, expert in defusing mines. Constantly risking his life for the good of others, he and Hana enter into a death and life erotic passion. Sneaking out at night, she joins him in his tent where he prefers to sleep and one day while defusing a bomb, whose mystery is so complex that it becomes a pure gamble of death and life, she joins him in the field.

Afterwards exhausted and in shock and surprise at their survival, they fall on each other in the grass, her desire for him being the trigger for their subsequent sexual union.

The call of the void and his total disregard for death becomes the allure which draws her into his arms at night.The present moment, however, contains the whole flow of history in itself, the eternity of mankind is embraced by the human person and the meeting between human beings in the moments in which such meetings take place. As a matter of fact, nowadays Western medicine is sided by alternative, natural, or old native 'medicine' — such as Chinese, or Indian.

The film adaptation also captures this aspect of the novel. He is involved in an adulterous relationship with Katharine Clifton, which eventually leads to her death and the death of her husband, Geoffrey Clifton. But I know the month and the day. Related Papers.

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