'The English Patient' voted best Man Booker Prize winner

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The English Patientby Michael Ondaatje, set in India among other locations, has been crowned the best work of fiction over the last five decades of the Man Booker Prize, prevailing over VS Naipaul's In A Free State and three works. The five novels were then voted on by the public, which awarded the "Golden" Booker Prize to Ondaatje.

He also said he suspected the Oscar-winning adaptation starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche and Kristen Scott Thomas "probably had something to do with the result of this vote".

All 51 previous winners were considered by a panel of judges, who whittled them down to one from each decade. "As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the prize, it demonstrates the impact and legacy of the man Booker prize, because all the winning books are still pechatayutsya", said Fund Chairman of the Booker prize Baroness Helena Kennedy.

The Golden Booker was held in 2018 to mark 50 successful years of the much coveted literary prize.


Ondaatje, accepting the prize at the Man Booker Festival in London, didn't share Shamsie's enthusiasm about his novel, the Guardian reports.

Speaking about why she had chosen The English Patient, Miss Shamsie said: '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.

The English Patient, written by University of Toronto alumnus Michael Ondaatje, has been voted the greatest recipient of the Man Booker Prize from the past half-century.

"Few novels really deserve the praise: transformative".


Founded in 1969, the Man Booker prize was originally open to British, Irish and Commonwealth writers, but eligibility was expanded in 2014 to all English-language novelists.

Baroness Helena Kennedy, Chair of the Booker Prize Foundation, added: "It is a compelling work of fiction – both poetic and philosophical – and is a worthy victor of the Golden Man Booker".

Ondaatje's latest book is a novel called Warlight, the story of a young man looking for answers about his peculiar post-war childhood, left by his parents in the care of two likely criminals.


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