Happy Valley

Happy Valley By Patrick White, Happy Valley 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 an
  • Title: Happy Valley
  • Author: Patrick White
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  • Page: 421
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  • Happy Valley By Patrick White, 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 bHappy 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.
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    1. Patrick White

      Patrick Victor Martindale White was an Australian author widely regarded as one of the major English language novelists of the 20th century From 1935 until death, he published twelve novels, two short story collections, eight plays, and non fiction His fiction freely employs shifting narrative vantages and the stream of consciousness technique In 1973, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for an epic and psychological narrative art which has introduced a new continent into literature See also enpedia wiki Patrick_

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    1. Australia s only Nobel Laureate for Literature, Patrick White, published Happy Valley, his first novel set in the Monaro district in south east New South Wales , in 1939, just as WWII was about to begin It was awarded the Gold Medal of the Australian Literature Society in 1941, the same year in which he published his second novel The Living and the Dead set in London in the 30s It could be argued that it was only after he met the love of his life Manoly Lascaris in Greece during the War White wa [...]

    2. I don t fully understand why White suppressed the re publishing of this novel during his life, because there is nothing to be ashamed about it Already we have classic White with his interest in domestic relationships suburban morality.The novel might be set in a small country town, but the pettiness, gossiping morality that he would develop later in such books as The Eye of the Storm The Twyborn Affair are all here There are some style techniques that he didn t use later I have to be honest he i [...]

    3. from More Intelligent Life Happy Valley by Patrick White Cape, hardback, out now When this first novel appeared in 1939, reviewers including Graham Greene came together in a chorus of praise Then Patrick White suppressed it Reissued now to mark his centenary, it turns out to be a masterpiece Happy Valley is a small Australian town, a microcosm through which White explores the passions simmering below the surface of apparently unexceptional lives The only Australian writer to win a Nobel prize, h [...]

    4. It is no wonder really that the last of Patrick White s novels that I have read should be the first that he had written, as he had it withdrawn after its initial printing in 1939 The reason, given in the introduction, was that he was unhappy with his portrayal of the Chinese family in the novel, and admittedly there are a few descriptions which make for uncomfortable reading Overall, however, the book is an excellent first novel, filled with his trademark stream of conciousness passages than in [...]

    5. Four stars the actual star images have disappeared from this site Text have done serious readers a service by re publishing this Patrick White first novel which he suppressed If you ve read Tree of Man and The Aunt s Story, his masterpiece, you ll see where they came from However, it s a most enjoyable and approachable read in its own right I was reminded of its re publication by my recent reading of Michelle de Kretser s Questions of Travel Allen Unwin as she left tantalising references to Whit [...]

    6. Waiting, waiting for what, Happy Valley waiting in the dark is the question without answer The novel opens with a hawk s eye view of the fictional Snowy Mountains townships of Happy Valley, Moorang and Kambala Then, as the Kambala publican s wife gives birth, the narrator tells us that the towns were founded as a consequence of gold prospecting, and still have some inhabitants of Chinese descent It s a peaceful place that Clem Hagan has to work at, as overseer for the Furlows Or is it As the rea [...]

    7. It was a pleasure to read this first novel of Patrick White s Do we really know why, after its publication in 1939, the author did not want it reissued Was he embarrassed by his early work or protecting the identity of some of the people who were inspirations for the characters I find the area of southern New South Wales where the book is set a beautiful place although I have never lived there I have that sensation of coming home when I visit This immediately drew me to the place of the novel Th [...]

    8. While this is, by no means, the author at the height of his powers, it is nevertheless a sure indicator of the excellence to come The incorrectly named Happy Valley is peopled by the type of characters we will come to know well in White s later works, and their generic and particular unhappinesses and frustrations are familiar to us even today.White s keen descriptions of the landscape, and characters relationships with it, are exceptional Equally engaging is his use of stream of consciousness s [...]

    9. Such a hard life for the people of Happy Valley, somewhere in remote Australia The local doctor is compassionate but weak in that he seeks the company of Miss Alys Brown instead of his wife, Hilda Their son Rodney is bullied at school and has one friend, the local Chinese store owner s daughter Rodney has great aspirations and like Margaret Quong because she is smart The elite Furlow s are shallow and seem only to admire wealth, diamonds horses Their daughter Sydney is head strong to say the lea [...]

    10. I can t pretend this wasn t a bit of a slog in parts It is White s first novel, and given his prestige, I have to assume his stream of consciousness style improved with later books Its use here made a couple of chapters almost entirely indecipherable That said, overall it is an interesting story with some very well drawn characters and is certainly evocative of the specific place and time, 1930s rural NSW And it did pique my interest enough that I would still like to read some of his later works [...]

    11. Patrick White was a prophet, and from his sublime mountaintop, he sent down lightning bolts on our callow heads Some of these bolts are vivid in Happy Valley, his first novel, published in 1939 and now reissued The novel stands up well in the high company of its later brethren It prefigures the greatness to come, and is a adventurously wrought than many of our own age White is a mesmerising narrator whose prose illuminates the most ordinary object and event in new and gripping ways Thomas Kenea [...]

    12. At the beginning, this was very promising The narrative is character driven, detailed, with interesting plot points and a focus on domestic life, which interested me Despite the detailed description of each character, I still felt very detached from them I think this was because White used their full names when referencing them, which put me off a little I couldn t feel sympathy, dislike, anything towards the characters because I simply didn t care enough about them This made anything that happe [...]

    13. Small town Australia under a microscope Small town anywhere for that matter There is something relentless about the hatred induced by human contacts in a small town At times it seems to have a kind of superhuman organisation, like the passions in a Greek tragedy, but there is seldom any nobility about the passions of a small town

    14. This was fine The writing style seemed erratic, yet I couldn t help but become attached to some of the characters, particularly Alys At times, I did feel like the frequent change in perspective was distracting, but overall it was an okay novel I do look forward to reading of Patrick White s work

    15. This one started a bit slow and thoughout the book theres parts that get very long winded but I overall theres enough to the story and to keep it interesting I liked the insights into the different characters and while this book isnt one I d recommend to anyone, I did enjoy it thought it worth reading Was published in 1939 and is a much different style to books published recently.

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