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Flaws in the Glass book. According to David Marr, still finishing his long and excellent ‘official’ biography (Patrick White, a Life), Flaws was soon being referred to in publishing circles as Claws in the Arse

Flaws in the Glass book. According to David Marr, still finishing his long and excellent ‘official’ biography (Patrick White, a Life), Flaws was soon being referred to in publishing circles as Claws in the Arse. Sidney Nolan, who warrants a section to himself and who believed he and White were great friends, was so cross at being described as an adult-baby philanderer who’d sold out integrity to fame and as good as driven his wife to suicide that he had to be dissuaded from taking legal action.

The manuscript, Flaws in the Glass (1981), is Patrick Victor Martindale White's autobiography

The manuscript, Flaws in the Glass (1981), is Patrick Victor Martindale White's autobiography. White, born in 1912 in England, migrated to Sydney, Australia, when he was six months old. For three years, at the age of 20, he studied French and German literature at King's College at the University of Cambridge in England. Throughout his life, he published 12 novels.

Flaws in the Glass is Australian writer Patrick White's autobiography, published in 1981. The first 150 pages are given over to an introspective "Self Portrait". Two sections, "Journeys" and "Episodes and Epitaphs". Two sections, "Journeys" and "Episodes and Epitaphs" follow. The "Journeys" are a colourful description of White and Manolys' movement about the Greek mainland and its many islands.

But in this book is the self Patrick White does recognize, the one he sees reflected in the glass. It is a remarkable book. In a shifting sequence we learn of youth in Australia; the expensive prison, his English boarding school; Cambridge with holiday trips to Germany; London in the Blitz; RAF wartime intelligence and compensations of life in Australia. The appearance of this self-portrait by Patrick White is a literary event for which his readers and admirers have long hoped. He explains how on the very rare occasions when he re-reads a passage from one of his books, he recognizes very little of the self he knows.

Nonetheless White vividly captures an amazing number of people here: Australian provincials of every shade, observed with affection and grudging admiration as well as devastating disdain. And the same tender/nasty shrewdness is turned on London acquaintances like Francis Bacon (""I like to remember his beautiful pansy-shaped face, sometimes with too much lipstick on it""), on himself, and on places-Alexandria, for instance, ""this eclectic whore of the Near East"" where White served in WW II Air Force Intelligence. Wartime brought the fledgling novelist.

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It is a remarkable book

The appearance of this self-portrait by Patrick White is a literary event for which his readers and admirers have long hoped. In a shifting sequence we learn of youth in Australia; the ‘expensive prison’, his English boarding school; Cambridge with holiday trips to Germany; London in the Blitz; RAF wartime intelligence and compensations of life in Australia.

It is a remarkable book

It is a remarkable book.

1. ‘THERE is a man here, miss, asking for your uncle,’ said Rose. What man?’ asked the young woman, who was engaged upon some embroidery of a difficult nature, at which she was now forced to look more closely, holding the little frame to the light. Or is it perhaps a gentleman?’ ‘I do not know,’ said the servant.

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ISBN13: 978-0670317592

ISBN: 0670317594

Author: Patrick White

Category: Bio and Memoris

Subcategory: Arts & Literature

Language: English

Publisher: The Viking Press; 1St Edition edition (February 18, 1982)

Pages: 260 pages

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Porgisk
'Lacking flamboyance, cursed with reserve, I chose fiction.'
Patrick White's self-portrait (rather than memoir) was first published in 1981. He is still the only Australian literature Nobelist. (Coetzee doesn't count as an Australian Nobelist, he converted after the award.)
White was an outstanding wordsmith, who rarely mis-stepped and is mostly free of platitudes and cheap turns. Mostly, which means: not always. The Greek travel segments of this book have some odd and sinister hints at Slavs; that must refer to looming international conflicts with northern neighbors.

The man and his country had no easy relationship. White was an outsider. In his words: he was posing as a member of his own family. Writing was not an honored male profession.
His memoirs are no standard delivery either. More association game than chronological discipline. Very harsh with his own self, even his childish self. No love invested on mother, and little on father. The man could be unpleasant. A writer's mission does not involve being a nice person.
The man grew up between England and Oz, with some romancing La France. In between he had a few years of infatuation with romantic Germany in the 30s, but the Hitlery drove him off.
He doesn't glorify his pre-war years as a struggling writer, nor his North African/'Near Eastern' war experience in 'intelligence'. He doesn't hide his sexual inclination, but he doesn't dwell on it very much either.
The center of the tale is PW's relationship with his life long partner, a Greek whom he met during the war. He became a Helenophile. When they decide to stay together, and do this in Australia, they take on a heavy load of social complications. But even those are not spelled out in detail.

White mostly stayed away from firm and lengthy convictions of the political or religious kind. Good for him, and also for us. He doesn't preach.
The text is a Sammelsurium of narrative stretches, including travel reports, and of aphoristic pieces. He does much name dropping, mostly of little known names. The text is compact and needs slow reading. It doesn't succumb to speed. 260 pages that feel much longer, without being slow or boring. Just compact.
Did he show up in Stockholm to collect his award? No way.
Porgisk
'Lacking flamboyance, cursed with reserve, I chose fiction.'
Patrick White's self-portrait (rather than memoir) was first published in 1981. He is still the only Australian literature Nobelist. (Coetzee doesn't count as an Australian Nobelist, he converted after the award.)
White was an outstanding wordsmith, who rarely mis-stepped and is mostly free of platitudes and cheap turns. Mostly, which means: not always. The Greek travel segments of this book have some odd and sinister hints at Slavs; that must refer to looming international conflicts with northern neighbors.

The man and his country had no easy relationship. White was an outsider. In his words: he was posing as a member of his own family. Writing was not an honored male profession.
His memoirs are no standard delivery either. More association game than chronological discipline. Very harsh with his own self, even his childish self. No love invested on mother, and little on father. The man could be unpleasant. A writer's mission does not involve being a nice person.
The man grew up between England and Oz, with some romancing La France. In between he had a few years of infatuation with romantic Germany in the 30s, but the Hitlery drove him off.
He doesn't glorify his pre-war years as a struggling writer, nor his North African/'Near Eastern' war experience in 'intelligence'. He doesn't hide his sexual inclination, but he doesn't dwell on it very much either.
The center of the tale is PW's relationship with his life long partner, a Greek whom he met during the war. He became a Helenophile. When they decide to stay together, and do this in Australia, they take on a heavy load of social complications. But even those are not spelled out in detail.

White mostly stayed away from firm and lengthy convictions of the political or religious kind. Good for him, and also for us. He doesn't preach.
The text is a Sammelsurium of narrative stretches, including travel reports, and of aphoristic pieces. He does much name dropping, mostly of little known names. The text is compact and needs slow reading. It doesn't succumb to speed. 260 pages that feel much longer, without being slow or boring. Just compact.
Did he show up in Stockholm to collect his award? No way.
Skiletus
The manuscript, Flaws in the Glass (1981), is Patrick Victor Martindale White's autobiography. White, born in 1912 in England, migrated to Sydney, Australia, when he was six months old. For three years, at the age of 20, he studied French and German literature at King's College at the University of Cambridge in England.

Throughout his life, he published 12 novels. In 1957 he won the inaugural Miles Franklin Literary Award for Voss, published in 1956. In 1961, Riders in the Chariot became a best-seller, winning the Miles Franklin Literary Award. In 1973, he was the first Australian author to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for The Eye of the Storm, despite many critics describing his works as `un-Australian' and himself as `Australia's most unreadable novelist.' In 1979, The Twyborn Affair was short-listed for the Booker Prize, but he withdrew it from the competition to give younger writers the opportunity to win the award.

His autobiography, Flaws in the Glass, is a quarter of the size of his typically large tomes, describing his school life, life as a pastoralist in Australia, his home in Centennial Park, and his homosexuality. Unlike most artists who refrain from disclosing their favourite works, he openly admits that "in my own opinion, my three best novels are The Solid Mandala, The Aunt's Story, and The Twyborn Affair. All three say something more than what is sacred to Aust. Lit. For this reason some of them were ignored in the beginning, some reviled and dismissed as pornography."

White seems ill at ease writing about himself because the writing doesn't have the same literary style as his fictional works, often being disjointed as he responds to criticism of his works. Nevertheless, it is interesting for revealing the development of his writing abilities, his source of ideas and inspiration, his attitude towards women and religion, and his feelings about the criticisms of his personal life and his professional works.

Many of his novels were written bedridden with spasms of asthma. Patrick White died in Sydney on 30 September 1990.
Skiletus
The manuscript, Flaws in the Glass (1981), is Patrick Victor Martindale White's autobiography. White, born in 1912 in England, migrated to Sydney, Australia, when he was six months old. For three years, at the age of 20, he studied French and German literature at King's College at the University of Cambridge in England.

Throughout his life, he published 12 novels. In 1957 he won the inaugural Miles Franklin Literary Award for Voss, published in 1956. In 1961, Riders in the Chariot became a best-seller, winning the Miles Franklin Literary Award. In 1973, he was the first Australian author to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for The Eye of the Storm, despite many critics describing his works as `un-Australian' and himself as `Australia's most unreadable novelist.' In 1979, The Twyborn Affair was short-listed for the Booker Prize, but he withdrew it from the competition to give younger writers the opportunity to win the award.

His autobiography, Flaws in the Glass, is a quarter of the size of his typically large tomes, describing his school life, life as a pastoralist in Australia, his home in Centennial Park, and his homosexuality. Unlike most artists who refrain from disclosing their favourite works, he openly admits that "in my own opinion, my three best novels are The Solid Mandala, The Aunt's Story, and The Twyborn Affair. All three say something more than what is sacred to Aust. Lit. For this reason some of them were ignored in the beginning, some reviled and dismissed as pornography."

White seems ill at ease writing about himself because the writing doesn't have the same literary style as his fictional works, often being disjointed as he responds to criticism of his works. Nevertheless, it is interesting for revealing the development of his writing abilities, his source of ideas and inspiration, his attitude towards women and religion, and his feelings about the criticisms of his personal life and his professional works.

Many of his novels were written bedridden with spasms of asthma. Patrick White died in Sydney on 30 September 1990.