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Riders in the Chariot - Patrick White

Riders in the Chariot

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Published: October 1996
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A bold, visionary story of four intertwining lives from the Nobel prizewinning novelist

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DAVID MALOUF

Through the crumbling ruins of the once splendid Xanadu, Miss Hare wanders, half-mad. In the wilderness she stumbles upon an Aborigine artist and a Jewish refugee. They place themselves in the care of a local washerwoman. In a world of pervasive evil, all four have been independently damaged and discarded. Now in one shared vision they find themselves bound together, understanding the possibility of redemption.

"[A] monumental work [of more than] half a thousand pages - almost every one of which cries out for quotation." - New York Times

"Riders in the Chariot is the most compassionate and the most beautiful of all Patrick White’s works; colours fly everywhere; his words, comic, ecstatic, are like the brushstrokes on a canvas." - Carmen Callil and Colm Tóibín, The Modern Library: The 200 Best Novels in English Since 1950

"This is a book which really defies review; for its analysable qualities are overwhelmed by those imponderables which make a work 'great' in the untouchable sense. It must be read because, like Everest, 'it is there'." - Guardian

"The outstanding figure in Australian fiction." - New York Times

"Stands out among contemporary novelists like a cathedral surrounded by booths. Its forms, its impulse and its dedication to what is eternal all excite a comparison with religious architecture." - Sunday Times

"A poetically vivid narrative... It is a finely written novel with a rare flavor." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Patrick White is an outsider, and his characters are outsiders, outlaws, afflicted, and linked by their affliction. The visionary element in his novels is inseparable from a tough irony and a microscopically close, sometimes savage attention to physical minutiae. The coarser the texture of the physical - of bodies especially - the more likely to be illuminated by flashes of meaning and power." - Rosemary Dinnage

Patrick White

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 and served in the RAF, before returning to Australia after World War II.

Happy Valley, White’s first novel, is set in a small country town in the Snowy Mountains and is based on his experiences in the early 1930s as a jackaroo at Bolaro, near Adaminaby in south-eastern New South Wales.

White went on to publish twelve further novels (one posthumously), three short-story collections and eight plays. His novels include The Aunt’s Story and Voss, which won the inaugural Miles Franklin Literary Award, The Eye of the Storm and The Twyborn Affair.

He was the first Australian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1973, and is considered one of the foremost novelists of the twentieth century. White died in 1990, aged seventy-eight.

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ISBN: 9780099323914
ISBN-10: 0099323915
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: October 1996
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1