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READ & DOWNLOAD ↠ Voss By Patrick White ´ Set in nineteenth century Australia Voss is the story of the passion between an explorer and a naive young woman Although they have met only a few times Voss and Laura are joined by overwhelming obsessive feelings for each other Voss sets out to cross the continent As hardships mutiny and betrayal T to cross the continent As hardships mutiny and betrayal whittle away his power to endure and to lead his attachment to Laura gradually increases Laura waiting in Sydney moves through the months of separation as if they were a dream and Vos. Patrick White the 20th century Australian Nobel Prize in Literature winner published Voss in 1957 A uintessentially modernist novel it defies easy description Set in colonial Australia its plot is complex and its exploration of psychological issues and depths is multi layered The fundamental plot is uickly told The community of Europeans clustering in and around Sydney is intrigued by the arrival of Voss a German explorer intent on crossing the continent for the first time During his brief time in Sydney Voss meets and talks on a couple of occasions with Laura Trevelyan a young woman orphaned who has been raised by her aunt and uncle the Bonners Voss and Laura establish a sort of spiritual bond that grows after Voss leaves on his expedition the twin plots of his journey and the lives of those back in Sydney playing themselves out over the rest of the novelVoss is an enigmatic figure arrogant and isolated whose motives in making his expedition are never entirely clear The very makeup of his party is foisted upon him by his colonial “sponsors” it being clear that he would prefer to travel alone He chafes under the realization that he has become a Romantic “project” of the colonials and he remains spiritually aloof throughout the novel Laura is likewise isolated from her society; she is a woman with intellectual aspirations and social insights out of step with the limited possibilities open to her and she remains a figure who never uite fits it Soon after the start of Voss’s expedition he and Laura exchange letters affirming their deepening relationship and they come to view each other as husband and wife even though most of their letters go astray and are never received by the addressee In fact their relationship to the extent that it can be viewed as mutual develops and blossoms primarily through the dreams imaginings and hallucinations that each experiencesThe colonial community in Sydney is rather homogeneous circumscribed by conventions mutual expectations and the shared sense of being an isolated outpost clinging to the edge of a continent and universe alien forbidding and mysterious A few characters within Laura’s awareness are clearly delineated but they seem narrow in imagination and awareness Voss’s “crew” on the other hand consists of less than a dozen men who are markedly distinct from each other all however misfits of a sort The interactions among these men are fascinating and propel the evolving plot powerfullyThe picture presented of the aboriginal people is stark grim and entirely “Other” Possibilities of meaningful communication and understanding between them and the Europeans seem less than negligible but these strange folk play a critical role in the unfolding of the novel’s plotWhite’s writing is beautiful and strange His psychological sensitivity and his philosophical profundity are impressive and serve to create a mesmerizing atmosphere that is haunting The ambiance of the Outback that White creates leaves an indelible impression on the reader In this book he has conjured a mysterious and unsettling atmosphere that keeps opening itself to the reader long after the book has been closed for the last time I have not yet read any other of White’s works a situation I intend to remedy


Set in nineteenth century Australia Voss is the story of the passion between an explorer and a naive young woman Although they have met only a few times Voss and Laura are joined by overwhelming obsessive feelings for each other Voss sets ou. A ravishing prose style Based on the life of the Australian explorer Ludwig Leichhardt Set in mid nineteenth century Voss intent on exploring Australia’s “unknown” interior becomes beholden to the support of a number of Sydney businessmen who are underwriting his next perilous expedition The book is Trollopian in it large cast of characters but with an emotional richness to which the Victorians could only alludeIt is in the home of the draper Bonner that the mystic Voss becomes enad of Laura Trevelyan the Bonner’s niece I at first thought ‘Oh a love story’ It has been a real disincentive to starting I admit But this is literary fiction of a high order; the encounter of the lovers in the garden during Voss’s send off party Chapter 4 is affecting and not something I’ll soon forgetWhite’s innovation here if it can be called that is to switch so fluidly and mellifluously from one point of view to another that a heightened emotional intensity is maintained The reader doesn’t feel jerked around rather it’s as if one is held by this peerless flowing narrative line—“the dream” as John Gardner 1933 1982 terms it—that never falters It’s not just that every techniue or skill works to strengthen continuity but the intensity and seamlessness that astonishes Now you may ask ‘but isn’t this what any writer does’ No In my wide reading I have come across many attempts but few such grand achievements Voss is a novel for careful readers It was written for those who like to linger over a sentence It won’t repay a hurried skim I see Voss on the same scale of achievement as James Joyce’s Ulysses Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita It’s one of the great books of life

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Voss By Patrick WhiS the only realityFrom the careful delineation of Victorian society to the sensitive rendering of hidden love to the stark narrative of adventure in the Australian desert Patrick White’s novel is a work of extraordinary power and virtuosit. In the end I actually began to despise this book Overwrought and pretentious in my opinion A simple story based on an explorer disappearing in outback Australia during colonial times I never felt that the simplicity of the story was saved by the writing Challenging prose is fine by me but this went beyond a challenge I almost feel that I read this book two and a half times as I read and reread passage after passage to try and get the nuances that were obviously completely above my tiny little brain At one point Voss reads a poem written by one of his men and hates it I reread the poem and his reaction to it four times and even now as I type this a reread for a fifth time I am none the wiser as to why he dislikes the poem What did I miss Someone tell me The presentation of this book is also paragraphless is that a word in what seemed one long almost stream of consciousness delivery that had me returning to reread why the sudden change from character to character No doubt intentional but it left me frustrated and annoyed But again what would I know Loved by many a friend of mine adores this and has read it several times awarded the first ever Miles Franklin and author Patrick White is the only Australian Nobel Prize winner Yep what would I know I feel an utter traitor to Australian literature considering the reverence this is held in some circles but to be frank I detested it It took all my will to finish and I am glad I have Onwards and upwards