Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

'The English Patient' voted best Man Booker Prize winner

'The English Patient' voted best Man Booker Prize winner

Sri Lankan born Canadian author Michael Ondaatje's novel "The English Patient" has won the Golden Man Booker Prize. The one-off award, voted for by the public, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker prize. Four years later, it was made into a feature film that swept the Oscars - winning nine awards including Best Picture.

The 1970s finalist was "In a Free State" by Trinidad-born V.S. Naipaul, while "Moon Tiger" by British writer Penelope Lively was the 1980s choice.

"Not for a second do I believe this is the best book on the list - or any other list that could have been put together of Booker novels", Ondaatje said at the awards ceremony at London's Southbank.

Each book represented one of five decades. In 1996, the Director Anthony Minghella took on the book of the same name the film; it played, in particular, rife Fiennes, Willem Dafoe and Colin Firth.

The writer has won the Booker prize for the English patient in 1992.

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Judge Kamila Shamsie said it was "that rare novel which gets under your skin". "While we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the award, that all the books-winners are still printed, is a Testament to her award, influence and heritage", - said the Baroness.

"It's intricately (and rewardingly) structured, beautifully written, with great humanity written into every page", Shamsie said."Ondaatje's imagination acknowledges no borders as it moves between Cairo, Italy, India, England, Canada - and between deserts and villas and bomb craters".

The English Patient, the 1992 Booker Prize victor, was declared the overall victor of the Golden Man Booker Prize in the 50 year history of the award at the Man Booker 50 Festival in London's Royal Festival Hall on Sunday.

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".

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