The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
I haven't seen the movie.
This is a "well-written" book. The language is poetic. The characters develop as characters. There are flashbacks. The ending is sad and poetic.
The emotional intensity I should have felt--lovers leave each other, some of them die, bombs blow up Hiroshima--I didn't.
Woo hoo for "well-written" books.