Date: May 16 @ 6:45 pm
Followed by supper in the dining room at 8-15pm
Thursday 16th May 2019: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
“Everything that ever happened to me that was important happened in the desert.”
Winner of the Golden Man Booker prize last year, The English Patient traces the story of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. The exhausted nurse, Hana, the maimed thief, Caravaggio, and the wary sapper, Kip, are all haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, horribly burned man who lies in an upstairs room. They eventually learn the patient is not English but Hungarian – a desert explorer named Laslo Almasy, whose plane crashed in the Sahara. In a narrative that constantly intertwines the past and present, Almasy tells the story of his doomed love affair with a married woman and recounts his memories of passion and betrayal.