Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize winning novel, The English Patient, was published in 1993. Ondaatje is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian who is lauded as a poet, fiction writer and essayist. His most recent novel, Warlight, is on par with The English Patient - a riveting story written in poetic prose.
I have not read Roth's early books – Goodbye Columbus, Portnoy’s Complaint, etc. I am familiar with Roth's work from his astonishing later period, roughly from 1997 to 2007, books which he completed from his mid-60’s to mid-70’s.
Cold Mountain, written by Charles Frazier, may be one of the best Civil War novels ever written. In his new novel, Varina, he adds to his reputation for lyricism, realism and for capturing character, in telling the story of Varina Davis, wife of Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America.