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I have seen the movie, but I should read the book. The books are always better.


In my opinion films rarely do a book justice but the film of this was one of the best adaptions I have seen. The music is the most evocative and haunting film score I have heard. I often listen to my CD of it....and determine to play the Goldberg variations.


A good book is (almost) always much superior to the film, but a bad book can make at least a bearable film - eg, most of Agatha Christie, or something like The Hunt for Red October. But in the case of The English Patient, both book and film are magnificent. Read more of Ondaatje, too - In The Skin Of A Lion is very fine indeed, for example.


It's wonderful to see you enjoyed it! I am in love with this book. Didn't care for Ondaatje's Divisadero, but this one is indeed lovely.


I read this a few years ago after already having watched (and loved) the film version. I found the book to be as poetic and magnificent as the big screen adaptation. Usually the film version of a book is something of a disappointment, but in this case I do urge you to see it if you haven't already. I must get around to reading more of Ondaatje's work.

Mark David

Quite a captivating review, I must say. Claire has recently mentioned this book to me (and your review as well) and after hearing your thoughts about it I am only made even more eager to read it. Thanks :)

Deborah Lawrenson

The English Patient is one of my favourite books of all time, from the loveliness of individual phrases, to the broad sweep of impossible romanticism (could he really have expected to dig that plane out and the engine not to be clogged with sand?!).

Gorgeous film too, though it doesn't quite capture Ondaatje's constant theme of the reality of borders, nationality, and allegiances, beautifully handled in the novel.


This is my absolute favourite book. I am so glad you enjoyed it. And the film IS gorgeous. I have always felt that the movie captured the essence of the book (although it was, I'm sure, a difficult book to film). If you can get hold of the soundtrack, I think you will enjoy that too. I love the quote with which you ended your review!

(I haven't commented for a while but I still read both blogs daily. Great work, Karen!)

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