The Twyborn Affair - discussion

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The Twyborn Affair - discussion

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feb 16, 2012, 11:22 am

Today, I finished reading The Twyborn Affair, but I did not get it at all. I wasn't able to get into the text; I could not discern a plot; I had no idea how the characters related among themselves.

I wondered whether English had suddenly changed into another language, and that, therefore, I did not understand anything.

Coming home, I have read a few reviews, and have decided to try again.

feb 16, 2012, 8:35 pm

Oh that's a shame. I really enjoyed The Twyborn Affair. Still, you have now read a Patrick White novel!

feb 16, 2012, 9:31 pm

I have started again in The Twyborn Affair; the reviews have given me a sense what to expect, so that I am not totally lost. The first time reading has "eased up" some of the really quite dense prose. I am reading more slowly now, and feel I can spend more time with the details, which seems to be absolutely necessary to keep an overview of the main line; they aren't things that can be separated. In some books they can, but here it seems not.

I re-read the first twenty pages in bed last night, and feel like going on. But, as I said, the reading is slow, so I may have to stay with this book for a while.

feb 17, 2012, 3:28 pm

Edwin, I admire your persistence in reading The Twyborn Affair again. I find often that White's descriptions create impressions and trigger memories. Sometimes the haze of impression condenses into a comprehensible "fact" and sometimes it remains vague. Reading The Aunt's Story, for example, seemed at times to require "bring your own meaning."

I can recommend A Fringe of Leaves highly. The complexities of Ellens's character are revealed to both herself and the reader as events overtake her, but she remains one coherent person.

dec 23, 2012, 5:09 pm

The Twyborn affair perhaps White's best novel? Finished it yesterday and I have now read them all apart from Happy Valley and Memoirs of many in one

dec 25, 2012, 8:19 am

Bas, I thought The Twyborn Affair was excellent. Shall look for your review.