Beautiful signed first printing of the first American edition of Ondaatje's romantic epic.
Fine in fine jacket.
"He was in broken country, had moved from sand to rock. He refused to think about her."
Sweeping historical romance whose intimate personal tragedies are set against the Italian and North African campaigns of World War II. All grand romances are called "sweeping" sooner or later by those who run out of adjectives sooner than enthusiasm, and all wars are reduced to mere backdrops sooner or later by romancers, but THE ENGLISH PATIENT sweeps like it means it. More than a prize-winner, more than inspiration for an excessively gorgeous film full of excessively gorgeous people, more than a reason for people of a certain age to affect over-familiarity with Herodotos, THE ENGLISH PATIENT is a serious novel that takes great care with its human and historical subjects. Winner of both the 1992 Booker Prize and the 2018 Golden Man Booker, the 50th anniversary commemoration competition, the Booker of Bookers. People like it.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992. 8.25'' x 5.75''. Original cream quarter cloth with cream boards; metallic red spine lettering. In original unclipped ($21.00) dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Cecil Beaton. Red endpapers. , 308 pages. Signed by Ondaatje on title page.
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