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This is an auction for VOSS by Patrick White.

His masterpiece.

From Wikipedia:

"Voss is an epic novel by Patrick White, first published in 1957. It is based upon the life of the 19th century Prussian explorer and naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt, who disappeared while on an expedition into the Australian outback. The novel centres on two characters, Voss; and Laura Trevalyan, a young woman, orphaned and new to the colony of Australia. It opens as they meet for the first time in the house of Laura's uncle and the patron of Voss's expedition, Mr Bonner. Voss sets out to cross the Australian continent in 1845. After collecting a party of settlers and two Aboriginals, his party heads inland from the coast, only to meet endless adversity. The explorers cross desert then water-logged lands until they retreat to a cave where they lie for weeks waiting for the rain to stop. Voss and Laura retain a connection despite Voss's absence and the story intersperses developments in each of their lives. Laura adopts an orphaned child and attends a ball during Voss's absence. The travelling party splits in two and nearly all members perish. The story ends twenty years later at a garden party hosted by Laura's cousin Belle Radclyffe (nee Bonner) on the day of the unveiling of a statue of Voss. The party is also attended by Laura Trevalyan and the one remaining member of Voss's expeditionary party, Mr Judd. The strength of the novel comes not from the physical description of the events in the story but from the explorers' passion, insight and doom. The novel draws heavily on the complex character of Voss. The novel uses extensive religious symbolism..."

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Paperback 1994.

448 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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