The Eye of the Storm A Novel

Patrick White




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608 Pages


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In White’s 1973 classic, terrifying matriarch Elizabeth Hunter is facing death while her impatient children—Sir Basil, the celebrated actor, and Princess de Lascabane, an adoptive French aristocrat—wait. It is the dying mother who will command attention, and who in the midst of disaster will look into the eye of the storm. “An antipodean King Lear writ gentle and tragicomic, almost Chekhovian . . . The Eye of the Storm [is] an intensely dramatic masterpiece” (The Australian).


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"Beautiful and heroic...Every passage merits attention and gives satisfaction." ---The New York Times Book Review"In his major postwar novels, the pain and earnestness of the individual’s quest for ‘meaning and design’ can be felt more intensely than perhaps anywhere else in contemporary Western prose."—The Sunday Times (London)

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Eye of the Storm
OneTHE OLD woman's head was barely fretting against the pillow. She could have moaned slightly.'What is it?' asked the nurse, advancing on her out of the shadow. 'Aren't you comfortable, Mrs Hunter?''Not at all. I'm lying on corks. They're hurting me.'The nurse smoothed the kidney-blanket, the macintosh, and stretched the sheet. She worked with an air which was not quite professional detachment, nor yet human tenderness; she was probably something of a ritualist. There was no need to switch on a lamp: a white light had begun spilling through the open window; there was a bloom
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  • The Eye Of The Storm: Movie Trailer

    Watch the trailer for The Eye of the Storm, the film adaption of the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Patrick White, starring Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling, and Judy Davis.



  • Patrick White

  • Patrick White was born in England in 1912 to Australian parents and was educated in London. He is the author of twelve novels, including Voss (1957), Riders in the Chariot (1961), and The Vivisector (1970). In 1973, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. He died in September 1990.