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From Australia's first Nobel Prize-winning author - Patrick White's third novel is a tour de force.

With the death of her mother, middle-aged Theodora Goodman contemplates the desert of her life. Freed from the trammels of convention, she leaves Australia for a European tour and becomes involved with the residents of a small French hotel.

But creating other people's lives, even in love and pity, can lead to madness. Her ability to reconcile joy and sorrow is an unbearable torture to her. On the journey home, Theodora finds there is little to choose between the reality of illusion and the illusion of reality. She looks for peace, even if it is beyond the borders of insanity.

©1976 Patrick White (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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Brilliantly Narrated

Wonderful Wordsmith Patrick White, holds dear to faithfully portraying the ridiculous Victorian mind & etiquette. The expert & playful narration had me laughing...I came to believe this is work is a farce, yet feel most take it as serious literature.

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