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[Ebook] The Hanging Garden By Patrick White – serv3.3pub.co.uk ➳ The Hanging Garden Read ➻ Author Patrick White – Serv3.3pub.co.uk A previously unpublished novel from the winner of the 1973 Nobel Prize for Literature Two children are brought to a wild garden on the shores of Sydney Harbour to shelter from the Second World War The A previously unpublished novel from the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Two children are brought to a wild garden on the shores of Sydney Harbour to shelter from the Second World War The boy's mother has died in the Blitz The girl is the daughter of a Sydney woman and a Communist executed in a Greek prison In wartime Australia these two children form an extraordinary bond as they negotiate the The Hanging PDF/EPUB ² dangers of life as strangers abandoned on the far side of the worldWith the tenderness and rigour of an old wise novelist Patrick White explores the world of these children the city of his childhood and the experience of war The Hanging Garden ends as the news reaches Sydney of victory in Europe and the children face their inevitable separationWhite put the novel aside at this point and how he planned to finish the work remains a mystery But at his death in he left behind a masterpiece in the making which is published here for the first time.

10 thoughts on “The Hanging Garden

  1. John Purcell John Purcell says:

    Patrick White's forgotten masterpiece The Hanging Garden will make many contemporary Australian writers hang their heads in shame It is that good This is a book by one of the very greats of literature and it's greatness is immediately apparentForget what you think you know about Patrick White's writing It is time to be re introducedBeautiful dark deep erotic disturbing funny and evocative The Hanging Garden will delight even the most jaded of readers I have read the proof of The Hanging Garden twice And I will keep it near me for I believe I shall read it a third time and a fourth You may buy a copy here The Hanging Garden by Patrick White

  2. Bettie Bettie says:

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  3. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    I don't usually read books that were not completed by their author but I was given to understand that Patrick White's final incomplete novel was worth reading and ended as part one of a longer novel It certainly had that feel but it left me wanting to know what happened to the two main characters both children evacuated to Australia during the second world war There are a few notes within the text indicating passages White wanted to expand upon and some minor errors that have been left in but this gives the reader a sense of sharing a work in progress something I believe White would have hated although he had put it aside uite a while before he died

  4. Michael Michael says:

    Patrick White is a two time Miles Franklin award winner and has also won the Nobel prize for literature His unfinished novel The Hanging Garden was recently published; it feels like an old novel in the sense that while it’s nicely written; nothing ever happens in the book This is very much a character driven book focusing on the two and a wild garden I think I’d be alright with reading a book like this if I didn’t have the feeling that the author hated every single one of his characters; he was mean and cruel to them all not just the key characters As a general rule I love dark and flawed characters but this just felt mean and even the attempts of trying to being erotic felt awkward I spent the whole book waiting for something to happen and I was left disappointed Also as this is an unfinished novel I don’t know what the overall goal was with this book and I get the feeling that maybe Patrick White doesn’t either My review and thoughts on an unfinished novel can be found on my blog;

  5. Al Bità Al Bità says:

    If you love Patrick White and I do you will want to read this posthumous publication of an unfinished work by the great novelist The 215 pages of this work actually represents only the first part of a projected three part novel which unfortunately was not completed owing to other pressing social political and theatrical work in which White was preoccupied with at the end of his life This is a draft of that first third of his book something he had written comparatively uickly and with which he admitted to friends he was generally pleasedThe setting is WWII but set in Australia As usual his two main protagonists have developed special insights peculiar to themselves see also my review of Happy Valley Irene Sklavos is the daughter of a Sydney woman and a Greek father a Communist who has been executed in a Greek prison Her mother needs to return to continue the struggle in Greece Gilbert Horsfall’s father is a Colonel fighting in the war During the Blitz on London Gilbert’s mother and his best friend Nigel are killed As was common at that time these ‘orphaned’ children were despatched to the care of foster parents in far away Sydney where it was hoped they would be safe from what was happening in Europe When the two children meet despite their differences they recognise a common affinity to special awarenessThis first part of the projected novel concentrates on the two children particularly Irene and how they cope with the people in the new country they have been sent to their different schooling and the acuaintances they are or less forced to make Both are aware of the Australians cultural ‘differences’ they need to deal with and this contributes to their budding common awareness and special friendship As time passes Irene seems apparently self possessed and self aware; but Gilbert increasingly appears to need to deny his internal reality and mimic instead what he considers to be his uncouth Australian school companions at least in his external actions This first part ends with the announcement of the end of the War and the presumption is that the two children will be completely physically separated than they already are and perhaps foreverWhat White might have had in mind for the remaining two parts of the novel are anyone’s guess the only clue appears to be that he intended the relationship between Irene and Gilbert to continue for at least 36 years and probably to find them back together in Sydney in 1981 — but speculation is pointless It doesn’t matter really although what White might have come up with is tantalising especially for someone who has read and relished his other work This first part draft still resonates with White’s concerns and preoccupations and his writing even in draft form is as powerful moving and observant as in his other worksThis book has been transcribed unedited from White’s handwritten manuscript Whether White would have retained this first part as it now stands is a moot point what we have instead is something uniue an unprecedented insight into the workings of a great novelist

  6. Billy O& Billy O& says:

    For some time now I've been wanting to take on Patrick White one of the 20th century's most disgracefully under read major novelists but have found his style somewhat intimidating I did read a collection of his short stories called 'The Cockatoos' several years ago and enjoyed it very much but wasn't at all sure how I could handle him over a longer and convoluted narrative Then I came across 'The Hanging Garden' and it seemed like the perfect solutionIn 1942 with the world in turmoil two children – Eirene Sklavos the daughter of an Australian mother and murdered Greek father and Gilbert Horsfall whose mother has been killed in the London Blitz and whose father a colonel is away at war – are sent as refugees into the care of the alcoholic Mrs Bulpit Over the coming years they are forced to adapt to a new way of life learning to become Australian bearing all sorts of misfortune falling a little bit in love and bearing up against the sorrow of separationAs this coming of age tale is only a third of what White had intended the entire novel to be it's inevitable that it should seem to fall short of greatness Yet the section that does survive being neatly self contained and in no way a first draft certainly gives ample evidence of his prodigious talent It is beautifully written sad and lovely complex in its winding sentences and freuent unannounced shifts in first second and third person perspectives while still remaining eminently readable and extraordinarily vivid in its depictions and uietly devastating in its manipulation of the emotionsUltimately 'The Hanging Garden' has given me exactly what I'd hoped for a fine absorbing and challenging read and the impetus now to take on some of his bigger and polished works I have on my shelves copies of 'the Solid Mandala' and 'The Aunt's Story' and am determined to get to one or the other of them before the year's end

  7. JS Found JS Found says:

    A mood painting of sorts We are in the thoughts and sensory experience of an orphaned girl brought to Australia in the middle of WWII She stays in a foster home where the only other child is an orphaned boy her age from England The novel does something interesting with point of view first second and third person are used and sometimes fluidly run together The girl is an alien half Australian half Greek who feels alone ignored without compass and meaning in this strange new world Her interior life is what's important and she keeps it treasured and hidden White describes things elliptically using language in a painterly way It's like a tone poem He died before he could finish the book though the ending works by itself He takes seriously his main character's thoughts and feelings; in fact this is the reason for the book The effect is like sunlight coming into a white room

  8. Robert Ditterich Robert Ditterich says:

    A mature unfinished work by a great writer Intellectually I could engage with interest but reading it simply as a novel I felt dissatisfied and frustrated by the fog of verbal texture that obscured the unfolding of the narrative This was clearly written by a mind that had become used to observing ever so closely but perhaps at the expense of telling a good yarnThe book has been published without editing in deference to White's death before the planned larger work was completed It was compelling to imagine this as a manuscript coming straight from his pen but I often found the syntax clunky and the sentences often reuired several readings in order to glean their meaning I feel horribly guilty I admire the author and his sensitivities enormously but I could not finish the book because I felt the struggle was wasting my time There is too much else to read

  9. James Tierney James Tierney says:

    Not uite a recovered masterpiece but a fascinating read nonetheless White was such a sure material stylist builder of psyche interiors that the sheer strength of his 'unhurried prose' leaves a tremendous impact I can't pretend that I don't feel sad for what the novel would have been if White had returned to it performed another draft or two but I'm also grateful for this glimpse into the vastness of his storytelling

  10. Brittny Brittny says:

    I would give this book 35 stars I think it's important to know that this book is an unfinished manuscript before you begin Because it is unedited it can be difficult to follow and not all of the plot points are fleshed out Even so I think this book offers a uniue look into life during WW2 I enjoyed the story especially the last 20 pages give or take

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