In White's 1973 classic, terrifying matriarch Elizabeth Hunter is facing death while her impatient children―Sir Basil, the celebrated actor, and Princess de Lascabane, an adoptive French aristocrat―wait. It is the dying mother who will command attention, and who in the midst of disaster will look into the eye of the storm. "An antipodean King Lear writ gentle and tragicomic, almost Chekhovian . . . The Eye of the Storm [is] an intensely dramatic masterpiece" (The Australian).
“Beautiful and heroic...Every passage merits attention and gives satisfaction.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“In his major postwar novels, the pain and earnestness of the individual's quest for ‘meaning and design' can be felt more intensely than perhaps anywhere else in contemporary Western prose.” ―The Sunday Times (London)
About the Author
Patrick White was born in England in 1912 to Australian parents and was educated in London. He is the author of twelve novels, including Voss (1957), Riders in the Chariot (1961), and The Vivisector (1970). In 1973, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. He died in September 1990.