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The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The English Patient was the recently announced winner of the one-time Golden Man Booker Prize celebrating 50 years of the Man Booker. Judges selected one book to represent each decade, then the public voted on the five finalists. From judge Kamila Shamsie: "The English Patient is that rare novel which gets under your skin and insists you return to it time and again, always yielding a new surprise or delight. It moves seamlessly between the epic and the intimate – one moment you’re in looking at the vast sweep of the desert and the next moment watching a nurse place a piece of plum in a patient’s mouth. That movement is mirrored in the way your thoughts, while reading it, move between large themes – war, loyalty, love – to tiny shifts in the relationships between characters. It’s intricately (and rewardingly) structured, beautifully written, with great humanity written into every page. Ondaatje’s imagination acknowledges no borders as it moves between Cairo, Italy, India, England, Canada – and between deserts and villas and bomb craters. And through all this, he makes you fall in love with his characters, live their joys and their sorrows. Few novels really deserve the praise: transformative. This one does." Learn more about the Golden Man Booker here: * https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/08/books/the-english-patient-golden-man-booker-prize.html * https://themanbookerprize.com/goldenmanbooker/news/english-patient-michael-ondaatje-wins-golden-man-booker-prize

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Novel Lovers of Sonoma County, CA (formerly Novel Lovers of Sebastopol) is a book discussion group where we talk in depth about contemporary literary fiction. Yes, we really discuss the book for two hours! We assume that you’ve read the book and are eager to talk about it. We’re friendly and welcoming – not stodgy at all -- but we do take our book discussions seriously!

We read contemporary novels, almost exclusively those that have received critical acclaim and/or won literary awards. We try to schedule a few books ahead so you can get the book and plan your time. To participate in this process, comment on our message board (https://www.meetup.com/Novel-Lovers-of-Sebastopol/messages/boards/), especially the thread titled "2018 Book Recommendations for Future Meetings (https://www.meetup.com/Novel-Lovers-of-Sebastopol/messages/boards/thread/51412141)."

Please RSVP “yes” when you know for sure that you’ll be there, and please change your RSVP if your plans change. Don’t RSVP “yes” if you mean “maybe,” and please don’t be a no-show. As a courtesy to the wait list, our host, and me, please change your RSVP if you can't attend, even at the last minute.

Each time I announce a book, the RSVP list fills quickly, and we often have large wait lists. Almost everyone does get in (people's plans change, emergencies and illnesses happen, etc.), so if you're on the wait list, read the book. If you get in, even as late as the day of the meeting, you'll be ready.

Bring a snack to share if it's convenient, and a couple of dollars towards the organizer dues.

We look forward to talking books with you!

Questions? Email Joan Price (joan@joanprice.com), organizer.

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