Hi, I've been set this essay question "What is the role and influence of the desert in the novel?" Any ideas?!
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Almasy is mesmerized by the things and people that have preceded him; the things of historical significance, and the fact that he is able to touch and traverse the same path so many have tread. The desert allows him to take on a new identity, or at least to abolish his own. It's a place of freedom; it can't be claimed or owned.
The English Patient
read The Sheltering Sky by paul Bowles
as a novel on this theme