Michael Ondaatje is a Canadian poet and novelist best known for The English Patient, which won the Booker Prize in 1992. Other works include Anil's Ghost and The Cat's Table.
"What he would say, he cannot say to this woman whose openness is like a wound, whose youth is not mortal yet. He cannot alter what he loves most in her, her lack of compromise, where the romance of the poems she loves still sits with ease in the real world. Outside these qualities he knows there is no order in the world."