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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (16 Nov. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099324210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099324218
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

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

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By A Customer on 16 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
This is easily bears comparison with the great character-based novels of nineteenth century English literature. Even mentioning "Middlemarch" in the same breath would not be too generous a tribute. Every character is subtle, complex and utterly believable. Every nuance of light and shade is used to capture the intricacy of, and the tensions inherent in their motivations. The light is often harsh, but the fact that the characters are spared nothing emphasises their humanity, and makes for exquisitely balanced and deeply compassionate portraits.
In refreshing contrast to much contemporary fiction, the reader is never told what to think about any of the characters. Within the broad confines of the very simple plot, they speak and act for themselves.
It is a measure of the greatness of this novel that, many years after reading it for the first time, I occasionally find myself pondering aspects of the characters and their motivations, as if they were people I knew well. The resonances with some of my own thoughts and motivations are uncanny, and more than a little disturbing.
The going might seem a bit tough at first if you haven't read White before. But believe me, it's worth every minute.
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Format: Hardcover
A writer who inspires participation; who allows just enough space on an inspirational platform for the reader to move beyond the pages. A writer to conjure with. Fabulous!
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Sent back as this edition has been badly printed. There are missing pages.
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I have really enjoyed Patricks White's novels in the past - particularly Voss which was amazing but this book is awful from the start. None of the characters have any warmth or real personality. They are not even convincing. In fact they are all quite hateful. The prose is turgid, the style is pondering and dark. I gave up two-thirds through so I gave it a pretty good chance. Its for the charity shop not my bookshelf.
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