Patrick White: The Eye of the Storm

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  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume Australian Writing and Culture.

Patrick White’s ninth novel, The Eye of the Storm (1973), is a comprehensive and far-reaching exploration of the nature of human existence throughout time and space. The narrative of this highly complex multi-consciousness novel involves many different characters, various times and several locations. The time span of the unfurling present is only a couple of weeks, possibly a month or two, but through many different points of view this allows for numerous retrospective passages, some of which go seventy to eighty years back in time. Also the settings move from one place to another, sometimes different continents. The main concerns are family relationships, time, old age, death, love and God, as well as a great many other …

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Berg, Mari-Ann. "The Eye of the Storm". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 June 2010
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