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    DescriptionTo hesitate on the edge of life or to plunge in and risk change - this is the dilemma explored in "Living And The Dead". Patrick White's second novel is set in thirties London and portrays the complex ebb and flow of relationships within the Standish family. Mrs Standish, ageing but still beautiful, is drawn into secret liaisons, while her daughter Eden experiments openly and impulsively with left-wing politics and love affairs. Only the son, Elyot, remains an aloof and scholarly observer - until dramatic events shock him into sudden self-knowledge.


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    Title
    The Living and the Dead
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Patrick White
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 200 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099324317
    ISBN 10: 0099324318
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    LC subject heading:
    DC20: 823
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    05 September 1996
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review text
    The author's first novel, Happy Valley, was an ironical picture of a community in reverse, stagnant and defeated. Here, narrowing the focus to three people, a mother, son and daughter, is an equally penetrating, but equally, limited study. White writes supremely, he is detached, precise, barbed, sensitized to the failures of the modern world; he is an observer and a subtle recorder. In his story, the son, a dilettante writer, withdrawn from the world, represents the dead; the daughter, overcoming her emotional sterility in her thirties, and defying the strictures of her class, has an affair with a carpenter, and in finding a positive credo, represents the living. And the mother, hovering between the two, escapes meaningless gestures of a frustrated life, by finding a certain elemental vitality in the fleeting passion for a vulgarian. Not a book for many; but the man can write. (Kirkus Reviews)