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20th Century Solid Mandala [Paperback]

Patrick White
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June 23 1993 Penguin Twentieth Century Classics
Arthur and Waldo were born twins and spent their childhood, their youth, middle-age and retirement together. They shared everything, even a girl, but their view of things differed. Waldo saw everything and understood little. Arthur was the fool who didn't bother to look. He understood.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic July 19 2001
Format:Paperback
Patrick White is of course Australia's most famous novelist. He lived for some time in exile but returned to Australia and lived there for some years before dying some years ago. He was a somewhat prickly character but his winning of the Nobel Prize for literature helped solidify his reputation.
This book is unusual in is clarity and sheer joy. A number of White's books are heavy going, densely written and pretentious. This book however was simply sheer delight. It concerns two old men who live together and are brothers. One is reasonably intelligent and has worked in a library. The other is what might be described as intellectually simple. The book consists of both of these characters speaking and talking about their lives and their past.
White was a gay man who lived most of his life with a companion who he was deeply attached to. One suspects that the book is loosely based on their later life, but of course this is only speculation. The character who is most hardly done by is the librarian who clearly is White.
It is hard really to describe the delight and joy of the book, however once I picked it up I could not stop reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic July 19 2001
By Tom Munro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Patrick White is of course Australia's most famous novelist. He lived for some time in exile but returned to Australia and lived there for some years before dying some years ago. He was a somewhat prickly character but his winning of the Nobel Prize for literature helped solidify his reputation.
This book is unusual in is clarity and sheer joy. A number of White's books are heavy going, densely written and pretentious. This book however was simply sheer delight. It concerns two old men who live together and are brothers. One is reasonably intelligent and has worked in a library. The other is what might be described as intellectually simple. The book consists of both of these characters speaking and talking about their lives and their past.
White was a gay man who lived most of his life with a companion who he was deeply attached to. One suspects that the book is loosely based on their later life, but of course this is only speculation. The character who is most hardly done by is the librarian who clearly is White.
It is hard really to describe the delight and joy of the book, however once I picked it up I could not stop reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Jan. 28 2013
By John McPhee - Published on Amazon.com
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Turns my stomach every time, but what a story, and so briliantly written. White is a wonder of 20th century writing.
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