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The Eye Of The Storm [Paperback]

Patrick White
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Review

"Beautiful and heroic...Every passage merits attention and gives satisfaction" (New York Times Book Review)

"One of the greatest magicians of fiction ... White's scope is vast and his invention endless" (Observer)

"Patrick White is, in the finest sense, a world novelist. His themes are catholic and complex and he pursues them with a single-minded energy and vision" (Guardian)

"The outstanding figure in Australian fiction" (New York Times)

"In his major postwar novels, the pain and earnestness of the individual's quest for 'meaning and design' can be felt more intensely than perhaps anywhere else in contemporary Western prose" (Sunday Times)

Book Description

This mesmerizing, ambitious, lyrical masterpiece is perhaps Nobel Prize-winner Patrick White's best novel.

From the Back Cover

In the Sydney suburb of Centennial Park, three nurses, as housekeeper and a solicitor attend to Elizabeth Hunter as her son and daughter convene at her deathbed. But, in death as in life, Elizabeth remains a destructive force on those who surround her.

The Eye of the Storm is a savage exploration of family relationships - and the sharp undercurrents of love and hate, comedy and tragedy, which define them.

'Kafka's letters to Felice, written without the faintest idea that they would be published, read like a well-constructed novel - a somewhat harrowing one' Anthony Powell

About the Author

Patrick White was born in England in 1912 and taken to Australia, where his father owned a sheep farm, when he was six months old. He was educated in England at Cheltenham college and King's College, Cambridge. He settled in London, where he wrote several unpublished novels, then served in the RAF during the war. He returned to Australia after the war.

He became the most considerable figure in modern Australian literature, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973. The great poet of Australian landscape, he turned its vast empty spaces into great mythic landscapes of the soul. His position as a man of letters was controversial, provoked by his acerbic, unpredictable public statements and his belief that it is eccentric individuals who offer the only hope of salvation. He died in September 1990.

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