• [A] monumental work [of more than] half a thousand pages -- almost every one of which cries out for quotation

    New York Times
  • Riders in the Chariot is the most compassionate and the most beautiful of all Patrick White’s works; colours fly everywhere; his words, comic, ecstatic, are like the brushstrokes on a canvas

    Carmen Callil and Colm Tóibín, The Modern Library: The 200 Best Novels in English Since 1950
  • This is a book which really defies review; for its analysable qualities are overwhelmed by those imponderables which make a work 'great' in the untouchable sense. It must be read because, like Everest, 'it is there'.

  • The outstanding figure in Australian fiction

    New York Times
  • Stands out among contemporary novelists like a cathedral surrounded by booths. Its forms, its impulse and its dedication to what is eternal all excite a comparison with religious architecture

    Sunday Times

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