The Eye Of The Storm (Paperback)
|Author: Patrick White|
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|Nobel Prize winner White''s 1973 classic is now adapted as a major motion picture, starring Charlotte Rampling, Judy Davis, and Geoffrey Rush.|
From the Publisher:
"In White's 1973 classic, terrifying matriarch Elizabeth Hunter is facing death while her impatient children - Sir Basil, the celebrated actor, and Princess de Lascabane, an adoptive French aristocrat -wait. It is the dying mother who will command attention, and who in the midst of disaster will look into the eye of the storm. "An antipodean King Lear writ gentle and tragicomic, almost Chekhovian . . . Eye of the Storm [is] an intensely dramatic masterpiece" (The Australian)"--
Born in London to Australians, Patrick White returned to the colony with his parents when he was six months old. Both his parents' families were farmers but White, afflicted with asthma, spent his childhood absorbed in books and never gained an attachment to the land. After four years at school in England he returned at 18 to Australia and spent two years working as a jackeroo. Describing the experience he writes, "The life in itself was not uncongenial, but the talk was endlessly of wool and weather. I developed the habit of writing novels behind a closed door....More reprehensible still, after being a colonial at my English school, I was now a 'Pom' in the ears of my fellow countrymen. I hardly dared open my mouth, and welcomed the opportunity of escaping to King's College, Cambridge." His time at the university solidified his commitment to writing, and after time in London, some travels, and a brief stint in the military, White returned to Australia. He and his partner, Manoly Lascaris, lived on a farm while White continued to write. Slowly but surely his reputation spread, and the publication in 1955 of his novel THE TREE OF MAN established him as a major writer. In 1973 White became the first Australian to win the Nobel Prize, the Academy recognizing his "epic and psychological narrative art which has introduced a new continent into literature." Interestingly, White did not receive the prestigious award in person, a decision he explains--along with frank discussions of his homosexuality, descriptions of his travels, and many other aspects of his life--in his 1981 autobiography FLAWS IN THE GLASS. His last novel, MEMOIRS OF MANY IN ONE, was published in 1986. White died in 1990.