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No one knows who the English patient is, not even his Canadian nurse, Hana. He ends up in a hospital/villa in Tuscany,Italy during World War II claiming that he has no recollection of his identity. The English patient has been burned beyond recognition and he is haunted by his own memories of the past. The British officers who control the territory need to know his identity as they believe that he might be a Nazi.
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Hana quickly bonds with the burned man as she tries to regain control of her troubled life as well. He is her only patient, and through caring for him, her sense of loss of her father, her unborn child, and all of her lost patients starts to heal. As she reads to him his treasured Herodotus' Histories, he starts to reveal to her his past life and his great love. He tells her about his desert exporations and about his lover Katherine, and her husband Geoffrey Clifton, who tried to kill all three of them.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   conduct in war Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Conflict:    -   War, WW II Lover is    -   physically ill/deformed

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   explorer Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Eastern European


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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