Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient wins prestigious Golden Man Booker Prize


bill barilko
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A good book and a better movie. I'm surprised a work so full of feeling won anything in these bleak days.

Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient wins prestigious Golden Man Booker Prize


Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient tied with Barry Unsworth's The Sacred Hunger to win the Booker Prize in 1992

The English Patient, by Canadian literary icon Michael Ondaatje, has won the Golden Man Booker Prize. The winner was revealed at the Man Booker 50 Festival in London's Royal Festival Hall on Sunday.

The special one-off competition — to mark the 50th anniversary for the British literary prize — placed the Man Booker Prize's previous 51 winners in a head-to-head battle to determine which has stood the test of time.

The previous winners were considered by a panel of five specially appointed judges, each of whom was asked to read the winning novels from one decade of the prize's history, before the books faced a month-long public vote on the Man Booker website.


"I am honoured as well as very surprised to receive this award for The English Patient, as I was to be in the company of the other remarkable nominees," said Ondaatje in a statement from his publisher, Penguin Random House. "It feels the book was written so long ago! I would like to thank all who have supported me and been involved in my work over the years."

The English Patient won the Man Booker Prize in 1992. Novelist Shamsie, author of Home Fire, selected the Second World War classic from all of the winners of the 1990s.

"The English Patient is that rare novel which gets under your skin and insists you return to it time and again, always yielding a new surprise or delight," said Shamsie in a statement. "It's intricately (and rewardingly) structured, beautifully written, with great humanity written into every page…And through all this, he makes you fall in love with his characters, live their joys and their sorrows. Few novels really deserve the praise: transformative. This one does."

Ondaatje's novel takes place at the end of the Second World War, as a nurse, thief and sapper care for a mysterious nameless man they call the English patient. The book won the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction.

​Ondaatje's latest book is a novel called Warlight, the story of a young man looking for answers about his peculiar post-war childhood, left by his parents in the care of two likely criminals.
 
bill barilko
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LOL-Just as I though not one of you has read it.
 
Walter
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Why is the prize called prestigious?
 
bill barilko
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Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

Why is the prize called prestigious?

You have to have read books to fully understand-thus your confusion.
 
Hoid
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Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

Why is the prize called prestigious?

asks the free enterprise educator
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

Why is the prize called prestigious?

Wrong forum, Bill. Most of the posters on here are barely literate.
 
darkbeaver
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Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilko View Post

LOL-Just as I though not one of you has read it.


I will read it, I have avoided that title because of other materials but I remember the flourish at the time of it,s publication.
pleases remind me.
 
Hoof Hearted
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Walter claims to have read over 2 thousand books.

He thinks Bazooka Joe gum wrappers qualify as works of literature.
 

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