White short story
Posted by Bonny on July 27, 1998 at 07:22:19:
In response to Patrick White suggestion, written by Kate on July 21, 1998 at 17:00:14
] ] Kate, can you recommend a Patrick White book, if I were to read just one? I'm completely unfamiliar with him, probably my own fault, but perhaps I'll also blame it on the American educational bias (unless he's written since the 70's, in which case I have to blame Jane).
] Hard, Jane, he's pretty inaccessible at the best of times, and it's ages since I read any of him. A Fringe of Leaves is pretty good, I vaguely remember. Any one else?
Jane, you could try a short story by Patrick White. One I know of is "down at the dump" in The Penguin book of australian short stories. Perhaps because of the genre this piece is not inaccessible, and it is quite good. But Patrick White is one of those authors (from my vast experience of him - this story & about three pages of "the tree of man")who makes me feel that there is a great underlying sadness to life, a lingering impression of melacholy. Perhaps this is because his life was not too happy. I much prefer the philosophy of a JA book.
- in that case... Jane 10:01:28 7/27/98 (0)
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