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The Hanging Garden: A Novel Paperback – May 28, 2013
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“The Hanging Garden is a novel for our time--a story about parentless children, mistreated by a world that, by its lights, intends no harm but nonetheless does enduring damage....David Marr, White's biographer, and others dedicated to White's memory, decided to give us The Hanging Garden. They were right to do so, and we should thank them for it.” ―John Sutherland, The New York Times Book Review
“The creative intelligence behind the prose is as intense and the characterization as deft as anywhere in White...The world is a richer place now that we have The Hanging Garden.” ―J.M. Coetzee, The New York Review of Books
“[The Hanging Garden is] a beautifully executed, deeply moving story about the blossoming young love in a dangerous and unpredictable world....A powerful novel about loss and love that fans of literary fiction will appreciate.” ―Library Journal
“[The Hanging Garden is] a complete, complex, and beautiful portrait, an important addition to classic contemporary fiction.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred)
“[The Hanging Garden] is, therefore, but a glimpse--a tantalizing, sensate, glimpse--of one of the twentieth century's top writers, in raw but still beautiful form.” ―Booklist
“Patrick White re-creates the world by depicting the life we think we know in an entirely original and luminous way. Everything about The Hanging Garden, his final novel, is thrilling, consummate, and revelatory....A rare and wonderful gift to White devotees and a perfect introduction for new readers.” ―Peter Cameron, author of Coral Glynn
“Atmospheric and unsettling. White's writing is infused with a powerful sense of yearning and loss. A book poignant with the uncertainty and bewilderment of childhood's passing.” ―Tan Twan Eng, author of The Garden of Evening Mists
“One of the most vivid, erotically charged, emotionally wrenching works of fiction I've read this century.” ―The Canberra Times (Australia)
“White is a mesmerizing narrator whose prose illuminates the most ordinary object and event in new and gripping ways....[He] was one of those writers who won the Nobel prize for literature because he really deserved it.” ―Thomas Keneally, The Guardian
“[Patrick White] slashes through euphemism and distraction to reach a linguistic plane on which he can say what things actually are, in an idiom at once poetic and acute....Entering White's sanctum requires a purification ritual.” ―The Millions
“[The Hanging Garden is] a complete, complex, and beautiful portrait, an important addition to classic contemporary fiction.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“White's novels [are] boldly ambitious, inventive, sensual, eloquent…shrewd and tender about its two protagonists.” ―The Spectator (United Kingdom)
“The late, virtuosic performance of a master. Here is White conjuring in 200 pages one of the most vivid, erotically charged, emotionally wrenching works of fiction, I've read this century.” ―The Age (Australia)
“The Hanging Garden returns fiction to greatness. Reading it brings exhilaration, tinged with dismay at our diminished expectations of the literary novel....A gift.” ―The Monthly (Australia)
“White's incessant questions--Is there anything beyond the physical world? May there be loving human unions beyond the carnal?--are posed here in ways as profound and subtle as anywhere else in his work. The Hanging Garden recalls us to the truth that great novels are those where the free play of the author's imagination reveals the fetters of gender or caste we wear in reality.” ―The Australian
“Here, too, is the Sydney of White's childhood--lush, humid, sensual, a magic place in which children might hide themselves…It is an elegant, elegiac ending to a work that--however conceived in its full extent--brims with freshness and acuity. The Hanging Garden may be unfinished, but it does not feel incomplete.” ―Peter Pierce, The Canberra Times
“Always engaging and intermittently brilliant.” ―Australian Book Review
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I won this book via goodreads and treasure the ability to know what never will be from this author.
Developing his themes of identity and connection (or lack of it) in an unfinished book that he never tried to publish, author Patrick White keeps his story line simple by using children as the main characters while he experiments with a variety of writing techniques very different from the bold, straight-forward narrative style of his longer, more famous early novels. This novel very nearly remained unpublished and unknown. White had indicated before his death in 1990 that he wanted all his incomplete works destroyed, but though he did have the opportunity to destroy this work himself, he let it remain intact during his lifetime. It was not until 2010 that his executor gave her permission for this novel to be published.Read more ›
The garden is not a paradise, it is a refuge. While Gil and Eirene have enough room to each be alone, they are drawn together. The garden, with its lantana and gums, vines and pittosporum, looking out over Sydney Harbour, provides both a safe place and some common ground away from the culturally dangerous public worlds of society and school. Gil and Eirene become closer, and are largely at ease with each other in the garden where adults and other children do not intrude with their expectations and rules.
`Any conversation they might have had was buried inside him.'
Gil and Eirene are parted: the war may largely be distant from Sydney, but death is not. And, as Gil and Eirene move to live their separate new lives, I found myself less caught up in the story and more curious about where Patrick White intended to take it. What did the future hold for Gil and Eirene, and what twists and turns would have been involved in their journeys? Would they be reunited? Who will they become?
`Is this where we belong then?'
While `The Hanging Garden' is unfinished, this part is not incomplete. I might wonder about what the future holds for Gil and Eirene, but the world depicted in the novel, with the circumscribed worlds inhabited by a number of the characters is finely drawn.Read more ›
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What's it like to be a refugee as a child; to be "taken on" by those you barely know; to remember a rich culture incompletely, while living on the margins of - never quite... Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by Sean P. Duffy
It was a good book but had trouble with a lot of the slang words used. It would be actually be a better book for young people of today if the editors updated the languagePublished on June 25, 2013 by ACW