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Happy Valley Patrick White

Happy Valley By Patrick White

Happy Valley by Patrick White


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Summary

But Happy Valley is not a place that can be easily left, and White's vivid characters, with their distinctive voices, move bit by bit towards sorrow and acceptance.

Happy Valley is the missing piece in the extraordinary jigsaw of Patrick White's work.

Happy Valley Summary

Happy Valley by Patrick White

Happy Valley is Patrick White's first novel. It was published by George C. Harrap in London in 1939 when White was twenty-seven. It was praised by, among others, Graham Greene and Elizabeth Bowen, and won the Australian Literature Gold Medal in 1941, but, fearing that he had libelled one of the families portrayed in the novel, White did not allow the novel to be republished in English in his lifetime.

Happy Valley is a place of dreams and secrets, of snow and ice and wind. In this remote little town, perched in its landscape of desolate beauty, everybody has a story to tell about loss and longing and loneliness, about their passion to escape. I must get away, thinks Dr Oliver Halliday, thinks Alys Browne, thinks Sidney Furlow. But Happy Valley is not a place that can be easily left, and White's vivid characters, with their distinctive voices, move bit by bit towards sorrow and acceptance.

Happy Valley is the missing piece in the extraordinary jigsaw of Patrick White's work.

Happy Valley Reviews

Miraculously good. -- Kate Saunders * The Times *
Grant's salty sweet memoir...is inflected with the Jamaican patois spoken by his parents, and is a classic of its kind. -- Nicholas Shakespeare * Daily Telegraph *
White won the Novel prize for literature in 1973 but has been poorly neglected since; perhaps [this book] will help put the record straight. -- Claire Allfree * Metro *
To read it now is like encountering a new work by, say, William Faulkner. -- Nicholas Shakespeare * Daily Telegraph *
Assured and finely textured. -- Oliver Dennis * Literary Review *

About Patrick White

Patrick White was born in England in 1912. His Australian parents took him home when he was six months old but educated him in England at Cheltenham College and King's College, Cambridge. He settled in London, where Happy Valley was published to some acclaim in 1939. After serving in the RAF during the Second World War he returned to Australia with his partner, Manoly Lascaris. The novels, short stories and plays that followed The Tree of Man in 1956 made White a considerable figure in world literature. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973. The Hanging Garden, an unfinished novel he put aside in 1981, was found among his papers after his death in 1990 and published by Cape in 2012.

Introduction by Peter Craven.

Additional information

GOR012031000
9780224097888
0224097881
Happy Valley by Patrick White
Used - Well Read
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
20121101
432
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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