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11 July, 2018, 21:29
The novel by Michael Ondaatje was chosen by the public as the recipient for the Golden Man Booker Prize, a one-off accolade to mark its 50th anniversary. The Golden Man Booker victor was revealed at the closing event of the Man Booker 50 Festival in Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre. The book of the Canadian trailer revolves around the tale of love which conflicts with World War II was awarded in the fiction category after winning through a public vote.
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 contender.
A panel of judges selected five books from the 51 winners of the Booker Prize, with one from each decade.
At the ceremony, Ondaatje said he had not re-read The English Patient, "which moves between a nurse tending a horribly burned man in an Italian villa at the end of the second world war and a tragic love affair from his past, since 1992".
The Booker Prize for Fiction was first awarded in 1969 and has been sponsored by Man Group since 2002.
Shamsie said Ondaatje's historical novel received the most votes, with almost 9,000 votes cast by the public.
Shamsie said: "The English Patientis 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 74-year-old author beat the Man Booker Prize's previous 51 winners including Indian-origin VS Naipaul for his 1971 victor "In a Free State"; Salman Rushdie for "Midnight's Children" (1981), Arundhati Roy for "The God of Small Things" (1997); Kiran Desai for "The Inheritance of Loss" (2006); and Aravind Adiga for "The White Tiger" (2008). It's intricately and rewardingly structured, beautifully written, with great humanity written into every page.
"Few novels really deserve the praise: transformative". The book was adapted into a 1996 film by Anthony Minghella. In 2008, a similar competition was held on the book's 40 anniversary, but Salman Rushdie won the public votes with Midnight's Children.