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The Living and the Dead (1941)
The Aunt's Story (1948)
The Tree of Man (1955)
Riders in the Chariot (1961)
The Solid Mandala (1966)
The Vivisector (1970)
The Eye of the Storm (1973)
A Fringe of Leaves (1976)
The Twyborn Affair (1979)
Memoirs of Many in One (1986)
The Hanging Garden To be published April 2012(Unfinished, posthumous)
I have read The Tree of Man, Voss, The Solid Mandala The Eye of the Storm and The Twyborn Affair. Each one is distinctly different and I loved them all.
Looking for aboriginal theme, via user reviews, I see Voss & A Fringe of Leaves. The Tree of Man has an Australia outback theme, and apparently has some parallels with my biblical theme. The Twyborn Affair has nice reviews. I'm thinking of starting with one of these four. Suggestions welcome.
I've been collected some hardcover editions with the original covers over the past few years - A Fringe of Leaves with a nice Sidney Nolan painting, as well as The Eye of the Storm (Desmond Digby) and The Tree of Man. You can find hardcover versions of some of the later novels with v.good to fine covers for 20 pounds or less.
I think I'll be reading The Vivisector, The Aunt's Story and the huge Riders in the Chariot.
ETA: The Eye of the Storm has recently been released as a film, starring Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis. Might be worth considering.
The Eye of the Storm was the one I read first, but I don't know that it's necessarily the best one to read first. I'd say go with the one with the description that most interests you.
Voss is not only considered Patrick White’s greatest novel, but is most probably the greatest single work of Australian literature.On the other hand, White expressed a preference for The Aunt's Story.
I have several books by Patrick White, but read none, so far.
By the way, the Penguin Classics (US) cover of The Vivisector might just be the most ghastly Penguin cover of all time. I wonder what the great man himself would have thought about it.
I have also read The Tree of Man and The Vivisector with the latter being the most enjoyable as opposed to The Tree of Man which I found very dense.
Of the three unread above which would you recommend I choose for this challenge.....although I think all three are worth a go to mark this special anniversary.
Also, 2012 might just be the year I finish The Solid Mandala, which I was enjoying but found so slow going that other things just overtook it!