43. ‘The English Patient’ by Michael Ondaatje.

This is one of Mum’s Books, and I remember having a conversation with her about how so many people have seen the (rather wonderful!) film starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche and Kristin Scott-Thomas, not many seem to have actually read the book, which is a shame.

It’s certainly one of those books which I personally feel I have to slow my reading speed down for in order to fully appreciate the exquisite prose, like the difference between a power-walk along a concrete track and a leisurely stroll through a beautifully landscaped park, with vista’s opening before you, and hidden walkways, and copses of glorious trees sprinkled with wildflowers…

In actual fact, the storyline is clearer in the movie in some ways than it is in the book – I found myself needing to really keep track of who was doing what and when, as I found myself drifting off into a star speckled ocean of desert dunes. The relationships within the story are examined with such a deft and delicate touch, and oh, the language…it is a masterpiece!

I definitely give this a massive thumbs up, I enjoyed it no end.

And, as always, if you would like this copy, just get in touch with me either here or through the Facebook page, and I will gift it forward to you with love from Mum and I.