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"The English Patient" is a novel of overload. It is filled with images, poetical descriptions and overwhleming emotions. The story revolves around a burned spy pilot and his emotionally fragile nurse, Hana, after the second World War. The love story of the 'English' patient takes the reader on a series of passionate flashbacks that will eventually piece together his past and identity. Hana's romance remains in the present of the novel--her growing love for an Indian man named Kip. The settings of the books alternate between a small villa in Italy where Hana and the patient reside, and the deserts of Africa where the patient and his lover's doomed romance blossomed.
The review of this Book prepared by Magnolia Peterson








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's In love with caretaker or teacher    -   Yes Falling in love with    -   Nurse

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   spy Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   sensitive    -   a better lover    -   scared    -   guilty Unusual characteristics?    -   Physically sick

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   nurse Effect of sexing    -   a better lover    -   scared Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy Desert?    -   Yes Desert:    -   dying of thirst, sunburn Air?    -   Yes Air:    -   warplane Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   80% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   Boob talk Focus of story    -   equally on two couples How much dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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