The English Patient
Michael Ondaatje
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Chapter 1

Hana, a nurse, is working in the garden when she senses a shift in the weather. She enters the house before it starts to pour and walks into a room...

Chapter 2

A new character emerges - a man with bandaged hands who has been in a military hospital in Rome for more than four months. While in this military h...

Chapter 3

One of the soldiers, an Indian Sikh, sets up a tent in the garden. At first he will not come into the house at all, occupied instead with dismantli...

Chapter 4

After the writings of Herodotus, the Western world expressed little interest in the desert for hundreds of years. In the 1920s, the National Geogra...

Chapter 5

Hana injects the patient with morphine, and we continue listening to his memories. He returns to 1936, Cairo, when he still was subsumed with thoug...

Chapter 6

Kip flashes back to Westbury, England, in 1940. In his Sikh family, he was the second son. The oldest was meant to go into the army, the next broth...

Chapter 7

The English patient tells Katharine about how he fell in love with her. He says he first saw her emerge from a plane alongside her husband, Geoffre...

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