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    what did I just read I actually don t understand what happened to her, did she die did she go mad did she even exist what the fuck.


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    When I first tried to read Patrick White at the age of 19 I simply could not relate to the language, the precision of the writing and most of all the concepts explored Now at the age of 38 I have ventured back by reading this book It was a delight to read. the character development of Theodora Goodman over a period of time is incredibly rich and layered What I found interesting was what she felt as a younger woman, the feeling of not fitting in, the deep set inner knowledge that she would always be the aunt Early on she states. this thing, a spinster, she sometimes mused, considering her set mouth this thing a spinster which, becomes that institution of an aunt She contemplates a feeling that I suspect many in that era felt That feeling is carried through the book Her slow descent into abstraction, self exploration and ultimately alienation from her past is a rather sad, yet strangely strong embodiment of character.I found the middle section of the book, set in pre war France, slightly difficult at first but the last section of the book clearly brings that setting and exploration into context I will read Patrick White, but armed with the awareness of his complexity, his belief in the human individuality and the depth of the often unexpressed private world.


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    It s criminal that this book is out of print Plus a serious bummer, as I would love to add it to my Experimental Lit class White s third novel is a tour de force filled with indelible writing that stays with you As White s biographer David Marr, notes, White wrote a difficult book and kew it, even though the reluctance of many readers to follow him was disappointing He tells the story that White used to go round libraries in Sydney, looking at how far people had made it through the book inevitably they stalled in the second section, which is where things get strange The story of Theodora Goodman, spinster, sensitive, difficult, and self aware soul, as she remembers her childhood and early adulthood in Australia and then travels to France and, finally, America in search of ways to become in tune with the world, this book is one of the most compelling portraits of madness I know White learned a lot from Woolf in matters of phrasing and structure, but he seems less concerned with being liked or understood Finishing the book late one night, I had that happy sensation, so seldom given to us, that this was one of the great reading experiences of my life.


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    Abandon ship, before you sinkTheodora Goodman grows up in the Australian bush, on a station American ranch , but her dad s heart isn t in it, her mum is hard hearted and condescending to Theodora, whose sister is pretty and normal Theodora is a good shot in a time when women did not touch guns, and she sees through all the styles, wiles, and smiles of others When she goes to live in Sydney after her father s death, she is already on track to be a spinster, though there s a beau, a rich widower who likes her unpredictability and quiet wisdom So far, this is a great novel, I was in awe The language, the images, the weaving of description and growing up.But then when mum dies, Theodora goes to Europe and winds up in a kind of Heartbreak Hotel of the 1930s, except she ain t no broken hearted lover She is apart, but understanding The other characters she meet there all speak in elliptical nonsense, they watch snails, they occasionally babble some French, they take walks and talk about their pretensions You read on and on, but you are stuck in the mud You are not getting anywhere You begin to wonder what this part of the book is about, and why you are reading it A Russian general is given the highly unlikely name of Alyosha Sergei The conversations may be read in different ways, but I could not, for the life of me, settle on one interpretation It seemed a blank wall Theodora eventually arrives in the USA But to what effect No, sorry, I can t give this book many stars I like some sort of direction, some sort of sense in dialogue You may find it, you may wind up disagreeing with me Yes, I received your letter yesterday, about the time the doorknob broke When you asked me how I was doing, was that some kind of joke B Dylan Yeah, you can interpret everything in your own way, but let me tell you, it might be a hard job That s what I m talkin about.


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    I ve never read a Patrick White novel that I liked after the first read Nevertheless, White is one of my favourite writers I originally gave this book two stars, totally disappointed I couldn t believe I d just read something by Patrick White. but then, of course, it is one of his earlier works However, the second time I felt that I was reading something completely new I was hearing White s poetical prose clearly this time As in all the White I ve read, only with a return to the book did the real beauty of the composition come to the fore Patrick White is a challenging writer because the reader must be deeply focused on what he or she is reading You can t just pick up a White novel and let the story take you The beauty of White is in the style, not the narrative itself On the one hand he is alientating and deconstructing the narrative he presents, continually distracting the reader from what is being said by allowing the outer world context to seep into or clash hard against the scene he is presenting For White, the world itself is his chorus, constantly chiming in to reveal a subliminal,deeper meaning to the trivial In this way White places the meaninglessness of the mundane within the deeper, metaphysical meaning of the embracing universe Aunt s Story is no exception and it deserves at least a second try.


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    But on a morning the colour of zinc old Mrs Goodman died. Patrick White s novel The Eye of the Storm which I read over 40 years ago is one of the books I love the most, one that touched me in the strongest way possible and made me realize that great literature is the apex of all arts, encompassing both beauty and truth Of course I need to re read it, but the 600 page volume intimidates me So instead I decided for now to read shorter works by Mr White, the Nobel Prize winner for literature in 1973 And I am ecstatic that I chose The Aunt s Story 1948 , one of the earliest books by Mr White I am completely in awe of the magnificent prose and so very happy to assign the rare highest rating.The novel, divided into three parts, relates the story of one woman s dissolution of identity and her descent into madness We meet Theodora Goodman as a fiftyish spinster, an aunt to her sister s children The first part recounts Theodora s childhood and youth The story is so beautifully told that I was unable to put the book away Theodora is a disappointment to her mother, the old Mrs Goodman because she was an odd, sallow, and ugly child, and has not fulfilled the mother s hopes Theo s pretty sister, Fanny, leads a comfortable and utterly conventional life Theo takes care of Fanny s children and also of her aging mother As she is socially awkward and unattractive, men are not interested in her only one man courts her but he probably needs her only as yet another item on the long list of his material possessions The closest she gets to love is when she has an epiphany of sorts during a concert of a Greek cellist a sublimation of her needs to be close to another person.The dreamlike, phantasmagoric second part of the novel takes place in H tel du Mid somewhere in Europe where Theo goes after her mother s death She meets a number of strange and interesting characters in the Jardin Exotique at the hotel Or does she The hallucinatory atmosphere of unreality is so overwhelming that the reader will be right to ask whether all these people exist only within Theo s mind Of course she herself may not know whether they are real The boundary between her consciousness and the so called real world has disappeared The third part takes place somewhere in the United States, where Theodora is in the final stage of her journey into madness Unable to adapt to any conventional norms of society she disposes of the last components of her external identity.While the story is powerful and deeply affecting, it is the phenomenal prose that made a tremendous impression on me Virtually on every page the reader will find a delicious nugget of truth packaged in a wrapping of stunningly original prose In my long years I have never read a book so rich in fresh and vivid metaphors and metonyms The following is one of the most extraordinary paragraphs of prose that I have ever read All through the middle of America there was a trumpeting of corn Its full, yellow, tremendous notes pressed close to the swelling sky There were whole acres of time in which the yellow corn blared as if for judgement It had taken up and swallowed all other themes, whether belting iron, or subtler, insinuating steel, or the frail human reed Inside the movement of corn the train complained The train complained of the frustration of distance, that resists, that resists Distance trumpeted with corn After the five star rating I include three other fragments of Patrick White s breathtaking prose The novel is exactly 70 years old yet it does not feel dated at all It could have been written last year It reads completely fresh despite references to Hitler s annexations of countries in the 1930s or to Lenin and Kerensky from the times of the Soviet Revolution of 1917.A magnificent novel Five stars In Paris the metal hats just failed to tinkle The great soprano in Dresden sang up her soul for love into a wooden cup In England the beige women, stalking through the rain with long feet and dogs, had the monstrous eye of sewing machines But Theodora did not reject the word It flowed, violet and black, and momentarily oyster bellied through the evening landscape, fingering the faces of the houses Soon the sea would merge with the houses, and the almost empty asphalt promenade, and the dissolving lavender hills behind the town So that there was no break in the continuity of being She walked out through the passages, through the sleep of other people She was thin as grey light, as if she had just died.


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    A very odd little book, as if Henry James and D H Lawrence had collaborated on a miniature Magic Mountain , then given it an Australian bildungsroman opening section for no very obvious reason Does that appeal to anyone I presume not Despite which, I m really looking forward to re reading this White does things with words that are literally in the literal, figurative, literal sense of literal incredible, and the second section, in which our heroine and or one of her friends goes insane, is a masterpiece But it s a masterpiece that I didn t realize was a masterpiece until the section had ended, and at times it felt very, very pointless The opening section, which describes aunt Theodora s childhood, is also a bit cliched the different young girl has trouble fitting in and so on But re reading will solve these problems I suspect that if you know from the outset what s happening, you ll find A sS enjoyable and moving does anyone else think Patrick White looked an awful lot like Thomas Mann


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    I really loved this book but it s not a one read book It will take another read in a few years for me to understand it all The thing I loved most is how White drops little bombs of diamonds along the way He expects us, as readers, to keep up with him and even though I am quite a good reader, I had some troubled spots But he would throw me a little hook baited with something sweet every so often to peek my interest again I look forward to reading of his books He feels like that old grouchy uncle that you just can t help but love I really pity those of you who have read all of his books and won t have the delight of the first read again even tho I will be one of you and will find solace in reading them all for the second time.


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    I don t think I can rate this at the moment It was hard to follow and understand, and only some parts of what was being told to me were made clear Part 1 caught my attention, while Part 2 lost it completely and Part 3 drew me back in somewhat.I ll appreciate it when I know , but as a reader the style was simply not enjoyable for me.


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