1000 Books In 10 Years; Vol. 101: The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje

The English Patient is a meditative love story set behind the backdrop of the closing months of WWII and details the lives of a Canadian nurse who is taking care of a burn victim, her surrogate uncle who arrives to look after her in the wake of the death of her father, and an Indian member of a bomb disposal unit. It deals with issues of gender and race and love and war and demands far more attention than one can offer in a paragraph-long review.

Word I thought I’d look up:

Propinquity: Nearness


Autodidact: A self-taught person.


Vascular sizood: The hollow below the adam’s apple where the neck and collar bones meet.


Lines I liked:


The vanity of a man to the point where he wishes to be envied.


I am the man who fasts until I see what I want.

Rambler About Rambler

Jason John Horn is a writer and critic who recently completed his Master's in English Literature at the University of Windsor. He has composed a play, a novella and a number of short stories and satirical essays.


  1. A favourite of mine as well…

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