Riders in the Chariot - Patrick WhiteLondon: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1961, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper worn at the edges, notably at the head of the spine. Gift inscription on a small sticker to the first blank. The contents complete, clean and tight otherwise.
From the cover: “This astonishing novel may well be the finest work that Patrick White has produced, superior in its intensity of vision even to The Tree of Man, in range and profundity to Voss. It is a work of extraordinary insight, warmed and enriched by a great power of human emotion.
It is concerned chiefly with four people and with the vision that is the centre of each of their lives but which they keep hidden from the world. The first of them is a strange woman, whom all the neighbours think mad, living in a vast, crumbling house where a wall may crack away or a tree invade the room and hardly be noticed. The second is a Jew who has escaped the gas chambers of Germany; the third a simple, kind person, a laundress, married to a drunkard; the fourth an aboriginal with an obsessive gift for painting which is his only contact with the world. They are, as people, entirely different: the one thing they share is a vision of that world of which the Chariot is the symbol. Each of them, in some way, has been chosen.
Their lives cross. They also react violently with those of the ordinary people around them, some of them vicious, some merely unimaginative. From this clash and the destruction it brings, they attain their final resolution.
This is a marvellously rich novel which explores several human lives at great depth. It contains enough dramatic, strange and moving events to fill half a dozen books yet, for all its strangeness, it is also the most accessible of Patrick White’s novels. It is one of those books that remain with the reader for a lifetime.”