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Review µ The Eye of the Storm 106 · Elizabeth Hunter an ex socialite in her eighties has a mystical experience during a summer storm in Sydney which transforms all her relationships her existence becomes charged with a meaning which communicates itself to those around her From this simple scenario Patrick White unfurls a monumental exploration of Urls a monumental exploration of the tides of love and hate comedy and tragedy impotence and longing that fester within family relationships. I finished reading this just in time for the release of the Fred Schepsi filmI was hoping as I began reading Patrick White’s The Eye of the Storm that there would be heaps of erudite reviews out there in cyberspace to help me make sense of it so that I didn’t write anything really inane here Alas no hardly anybody has tackled it so at this stage I am free to interpret it any way I like and few but experts skulking in academia will be any the wiser I expect I’ve missed heaps Patrick White’s books are like that and that’s what makes them so good Each time I re read one especially if in the interim I’ve stumbled on some other work of literature that’s he’s referenced I enjoy it because I notice new things The Complete Review found The Eye of the Storm ‘impressive’ and recommends it for readers with ‘staying power’ Anderson Brown in Puerto Rico had a go at it intrigued by the exotic idea of a Nobel Prize winning author being ’an Australian no less’ But apart from noting that White’s ‘terrain is the nature of consciousness’ approached in a ’painterly’ way he doesn’t have a lot to say in his review Martha Duffy at Time thought it ‘pallid and self indulgent’ and wished that ‘that the storm would blow every bit of it away’ She was a journalist who started in fashion magazines and a royal watcher so make of her vehemence what you will It is Alan Lawson at the ABC website about White who makes the connection between King Lear and this novel To read the rest of my review please visit

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Elizabeth Hunter an ex socialite in her eighties has a mystical experience during a summer storm in Sydney which transforms all her relation. Dreaming to inherit big money a son and a daughter return to their terminally ill mother but even on her deathbed she remains a tyrant and keeps ruling with an iron fist“She also knew she had no desire to die however stagnant her life became she only hoped she would be allowed to experience again that state of pure living bliss she was now and then allowed to enter”Patrick White was a psychologically bottomless writer and in his merciless analysis of the family relationships in The Eye of the Storm he is gloomily and colourfully sarcastic

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The Eye of the StormShips her existence becomes charged with a meaning which communicates itself to those around her From this simple scenario Patrick White unf. It's hard for me to believe this author is not better known in the US His prose are pretty astounding This is the fourth of his novels I've read and it vies to become my all time favorite Nearly every page has some astute psychological rendering and always with perfectly chosen words sharp images and sometimes exuisite dream seuences It has taken me uite a while to finish this book but that is because I am taking all the time I need to digest its art If you are looking for a breezy interesting story with attractive characters and recognizable morality you'd probably not enjoy this book If you are looking for the stroke of dramatic genius you'll not be disappointed Story telling is one thing one can find it in many media movies music television they all can serve that purpose very well but the literary novel is its own craft which demands poetry and elouence and when that is served well as it is in this book than you have something special something than just story telling It's a performanceFor many this kind of artistry gets in the way of the story That makes me sad to think of how ordinary things must be for this kind of satisfaction Don't misinterpret my words I have no ualms at all with whatever anyone enjoys my taste is surely hard for some to understand I just firmly believe Patrick White had talents few have ever come close toA uestion to leave you with compare Hemingway to White for example can this exemplify the difference between story telling and art