The english patient, for instance, hangs on to life at the outset, the glimmers of his romance with katharine so deep in his memory, so fresh on his lips - but by the end of the novel, after recounting the story, he seems ready to die.
Indeed, one of the more subtle aspects of the english patient is its willingness to challenge traditional narrative structure, which often relies on planting incidents and paying them off later, all in the effort of heightening a central conflict there is no central conflict here as of yet, because no one is in danger. Unlike other world war ii moves of the 1990's, like saving private ryan or the thin red line, there are very few scenes of the actual war in the english patient most of the film takes place either before or after the war.
The english patient grips because it shows how people can be different when they are in an exotic environment as opposed when they are 'home' (katherine), it shows how destructive love can be in a slow, strong and utterly painful way, it excites because of the extremely passionate affair, the pain of the one(s) who leave behind, how pointless one can feel to move on. Backward into memory, forward into loss and desire, “the english patient” searches for answers that will answer nothing this poetic, evocative film version of the famous novel by michael ondaatje circles down through layers of mystery until all of the puzzles in the story have been solved, and only the great wound of a doomed love remains.
Aspects of the english patient which is presented in a chronological order in which bits and chunks of memories dwelling in past and present makes up the whole story of the novel. Caravaggio serves as a kind of surrogate father to hana, and sheds light on the identity of the english patient katharine clifton - an oxford-educated woman and the wife of geoffrey clifton one of the most mysterious characters in the novel, katharine is never fully understood. The english patient is one of my least favorite novels of all time michael ondaatje's prose is the literary equivalent of having a gossamer skein repeatedly thrown over your face and then dragged away fleeting and insubstantial, but just present enough to be really fucking annoying.
The english patient is a 1992 novel by michael ondaatje the book follows four dissimilar people brought together at an italian villa during the italian campaign of world war ii.