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From Australia's first Nobel Prize-winning author.

From Australia's first Nobel Prize-winning author.

With the death of her mother, middle-aged Theodora Goodman contemplates the desert of her life. Freed from the trammels of convention, she leaves Australia for a European tour and becomes involved with the residents of a small French hotel.

But creating other people's lives, even in love and pity, can lead to madness. Her ability to reconcile joy and sorrow is an unbearable torture to her. On the journey home, Theodora finds there is little to choose between the reality of illusion and the illusion of reality. She looks for peace, even if it is beyond the borders of insanity.

Reviews

Patrick White's third novel is a brilliant, original and highly intelligent piece of work. It is also, thank heaven, gay and witty - as well as tragic, sometimes profound.

James Stern, The New York Times Book Review

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781741667585

    April 1, 2008

    Vintage Australia

    352 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781742743660

    February 1, 2011

    Random House Australia

    344 pages

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Also by Patrick White

Happy Valley: Text Classics
Happy Valley:Text Classics
Voss
The Vivisector
The Hanging Garden
Riders In The Chariot
Memoirs Of Many In One
The Eye Of The Storm (film tie-in)
The Twyborn Affair
A Fringe Of Leaves
Collected Short Stories
The Living And The Dead
The Burnt Ones
The Solid Mandala
The Tree Of Man

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Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition
Little Women
Slaughterhouse 5
The Three Musketeers
Oliver Twist
Dracula
Tess Of The D'urbervilles
Revolutionary Road
The Riddle Of The Sands
Parade's End
The Scarlet Letter
Gulliver's Travels
Captain Corelli's Mandolin