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The Cockatoos : Text Classics - Patrick White

The Cockatoos

Text Classics

By: Patrick White, Gail Jones (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 4th June 2019
ISBN: 9781925773606
Number Of Pages: 308

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These six short novels and stories achieve the majesty and power of the best of Patrick White’s great novels.

They probe beneath the surface of events – a sexual lapse, the unaccustomed climate of a foreign country, interruptions in a cherished routine, a death, a toothache – to expose a deeper, truer reality.

Industry Reviews

`The Cockatoos...is superb. It is a slow, beautiful dance of love and death.' * Chicago Tribune Book World *
`[White's] style in this collection of stories is taut and his language knowing, almost savage, in its ironies. Never does he swerve from a tone of complete authority, nor are his portrayals of human frailty ever less than bitingly perceptive.' * Baltimore Sun *
`To read Patrick White...is to touch a source of power, to move through areas made new and fresh, to see men and women with a sharpened gaze.' * Daily Telegraph (London) *
`White is a shifty, complex artist with the ability to hit and run at any point in his narrative - maintaining a distance from emotional involvement while inexorably tightening those screws.' * Kirkus Reviews *
`White's work is a towering achievement' * Courier-Mail *

ISBN: 9781925773606
ISBN-10: 1925773604
Series: Text Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 4th June 2019
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.27

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Patrick White

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 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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