The Language of Flowers, The Sense of An Ending, The Cat’s Table, The English Patient

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje – I saw the film many years agao and after reading “The Cat’s Table” I wanted to read more of Ondaatje’s books. I remeber the film being mostly about the English patient and his romance with the woman and the desert. The books is much more than that. It is the story of war and the story of people traumatised by war. It is Hana’s story, Kip’s story and Caravaggio’s story as well as the English patient’s story. I think I’d like to read this book again too and very slowly next time.

The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje – I had never read any of Michael Ondaatje’s books before but this one has made me want to read more. The Cat’s Table is a life time on a ship; a journey that moulds a life time. The cat’s table is the opposite to the Captain’s table. It is where the ‘lowly’ sit for dinner on the ship but it is full of the most interesting characters. I think I’ll read this book again and slowly next time.

The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes did not have the ending I had expected (which is good). It is an intriguing story of the past catching up with the present and how you may, one day, have to face the consequences of your past actions. I would like to read more of Julian Barnes’ books too.

 

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a beautiful book. Using the language of flowers, a young girl learns to communicate with a world that has treated her harshly and without understanding. I will have to consider more closely my floral purchases in the future but it makes me realise that my daughter’s grave should be covered in moss.

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