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The English Patient

Michael Ondaatje


Suggestions for Further Reading

Barbour, Douglas. Michael Ondaatje. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1993.

Clarke, George Elliott. "Michael Ondaatje and the Production of Myth." Studies in Canadian Literature 16.1 (1991): 1–21.

Cooke, John. The Influence of Painting on Five Canadian Writers: Alice Munro, Hugh Hood, Timothy Findley, Margaret Atwood, and Michael Ondaatje. Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 1996.

Heble, Ajay. "Michael Ondaatje and the Problem of History." CLIO: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy 19.2 (1990): 97–110.

Jewinski, Ed. Michael Ondaatje: Express Yourself Beautifully. Toronto: ECW Press, 1994.

Mundwiler, Leslie. Michael Ondaatje: Word, Image, Imagination. Vancouver: Talon Books, 1984.

Scobie: Stephen. "The Reading Lesson: Michael Ondaatje and the Patients of Desire." Essays on Canadian Writing 53 (1994): 92–106.

Siemerling, Winfried. Discoveries of the Other: Alterity in the Work of Leonard Cohen, Hubert Aquin, Michael Ondaatje, and Nicole Brossard. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994.

Solecki, Sam, ed. Spider Blues: Essays on Michael Ondaatje. Montreal: Vehicule Press, 1985.

Waldman, Nell. Michael Ondaatje and His Works. Toronto: ECW Press, 1992.

Watson, Sheila. "Michael Ondaatje: The Mechanization of Death" White Pelican 2 (1972): 56–64 .

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Addendum on Count Almasy

by Desdichado32, March 18, 2017

One point in this analysis I cannot entirely agree with is the argument that Almasy places no value in the concept of nations and states. Certainly he believes them to be man-made and irrelevant in the brutal landscape of the desert; however, his value of nations changes once he is betrayed by the British. When they refuse to help him and in effect allow Katherine to die his perspective of nations changes. At this point nations do assume value for Almasy. He sees the Germans as the most effective conduit for revenging himself on the British.... Read more


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