At a glance:
- Author: Patrick White
- First Published: 1955
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Parable
- Time of Work: Twentieth century
- Genres: Long fiction, Historical fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Self-discovery, Parents and children, Twentieth century, Nature, Marriage, Rural or country life, Villages, Loneliness, Ireland or Irish people, Frontier or pioneer life, Australia or Australians
- Locales: Australia, Australia and Oceania
Bush. Australian term for wilderness area that also has connotations that make the bush a fearful place on one hand and a spiritual place on the other. As the novel opens, the central character, Stan Parker, walks into the virgin bushland awed by the “simplicity of true grandeur” where the silence was “immense.” From the novel’s beginning, then, the bush assumes religious dimensions comparable to a cathedral. It continues to be treated in this way throughout the work, and at its end, Stan’s grandson undergoes a similar revelation as he...
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