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To hesitate on the edge of life or to plunge in and risk change -this is the dilemma explored in THE LIVING AND THE DEAD. Patrick White's second novel is set in thirties London and portrays the complex ebb and flow of relationships within the Standish family. Mrs Standish, ageing but still beautiful, is drawn into secret liaisons, while her daughter Eden experiments openly and impulsively with left-wing politics and love affairs. Only the son, Elyot, remains an aloof and scholarly observer - until dramatic events shock him into sudden self-knowledge.

Reviews

An unmistably major writer who commands a scope, power and sheer technical skill which put other more ambitious novelists into the shade

A. Alvarez

Brilliant and masterful

Nation

Scene after scene is worked out with exactness and subtlety which no second-string novelist can scent, far less nail to paper

Daily Telegraph

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099324317

    October 4, 1996

    Vintage Classics

    368 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook

    9781446435014

    February 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    368 pages

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Also by Patrick White

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Voss
The Vivisector
The Hanging Garden
Riders In The Chariot
Memoirs Of Many In One
The Twyborn Affair
The Eye Of The Storm (film tie-in)
A Fringe Of Leaves
Collected Short Stories
The Burnt Ones
The Solid Mandala
The Aunt's Story
The Tree Of Man

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Swing Time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girls
The Mistress
The Bone Collection
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker
Colombiano
The Trip of a Lifetime