While admiring the beautiful structure of the novel and visual and aural effects of the movie, it is important to appreciate the writer's intention of writing the novel. This can only be done by analysing the story and the characters which ultimately reveals to us what Ondaatje is trying to impress upon us. However, as we have already learnt, learning is unlimited and subjects are undivided. By combining the various aspects of literature, geography and history, we are able to understand the situation during the war, understand how the plot is able to flow and empathise with the characters' actions and behaviour. This enables us to see the 'big picture' of the novel.
The English Patient is arguably one of the best novels written in the 20th century. Read its analysis here.
While looking into the literary aspect of the novel, we consider the geographical side as well.