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The Vivisector by Patrick White
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Aug 26, 08

Read in June, 2008

A portrait of the artist as a child, a young man, an adult, and a geriatric. This sprawling novel chronicles the life of a painter named Hurtle Duffield, born into an Australian slum but shipped off to live with an aristocratic family. Dark, brilliantly composed, and engrossing.

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message 1: by Dr. (new) - rated it 5 stars

Dr. Clifford James hit the nail on the head. White is a brilliant prose stylist and a very very nasty man. He vivisects his characters as Hurtle Duffield vivisects for his art. Truly painfully brilliant.

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