Reviews

  • "[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"

    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'."

    Guardian
  • "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