The Vivisector

The Vivisector By Patrick White, Hurtle Duffield is incapable of loving anything except what he paints The men and women who court him during his long life are, above all, the victims of his art He is the vivisector, dissecting their weaknesses with cruel precision his sister s deformity, a grocer s moonlight indiscretion and the passionate illusions of his mistress, Hero Pavloussi It is only when HurHurtle Duffield is incapable of loving anything except what he paints The men and women who court him during his long life are, above all, the victims of his art He is the vivisector, dissecting their weaknesses with cruel precision his sister s deformity, a grocer s moonlight indiscretion and the passionate illusions of his mistress, Hero Pavloussi It is only when Hurtle meets an egocentric adolescent whom he sees as his spiritual child does he experience a deeper, treacherous emotion.. The Vivisector Hurtle Duffield is incapable of loving anything except what he paints The men and women who court him during his long life are above all the victims of his art He is the vivisector dissecting their

  • Title: The Vivisector
  • Author: Patrick White
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  • Page: 182
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. There are two greatest novels about painters The Horse s Mouth by Joyce Cary and The Vivisector by Patrick White and I can t tell which one is grander they are so different Birds rose and fell in the air, like the notes of music out of the piano shops in Surrey Hills A true talent ought to dissect reality and reconstruct the bleeding fragments into something new something dreadfully beautiful or beautifully dreadful capable to shock any pharisaic imagination Again the long sad picture had got po [...]

    2. What is in a name So said some dude with a beard Well, the answer is quite a lot, as it happens I once knew a man with the surname Dicker, and it nearly ruined his life According to the man himself people mercilessly took the piss, girls were embarrassed to date him, he couldn t get a job, etc, and as a result he became so ultra sensitive about it that he lost all confidence in himself I think it is fair to say, then, that a name can colour how one sees a particular person or thing I mention thi [...]

    3. So I ve started a project, in which I read a couple of things by everyone who won the Nobel for literature No, I m kidding I d rather walk two hundred miles into the middle of nowhere, sit under a freeway bridge, knife myself in the stomach and die slowly over five days in excruciating pain than read things written by most Nobel laureates No, I m reading this because a the cover of this book is freaking amazing and b I m 33 now, and apparently that s the age when culture cringe starts to fade fo [...]

    4. The very few novels available about art and its makers are little indication of the immense curiosity aroused by the tempting unknown interiors of the artistic mind While it s difficult to put into concise words what exactly about artists fascinate readers, perhaps the kind of questions one would very much like to ask would be easier to phrase What goes on in the mind of an artist How does he she feel What is their experience of the world like Because artists surely are strange creatures, and in [...]

    5. I did a bit of research on the internet and found out from that this book was dedicated to the painter Sidney Nolan Patrick White denied that the main character Hurtle Duffield was supposed to be Sidney Nolan or any painter for that matter I had never heard of Sidney Nolan I love when books let me discover something new , so for me, the whole time I was reading this book, I kept feeling like Hurtle Duffield was like the painter, Francis Bacon I have done some research on the internet on who Sidn [...]

    6. The God PaintingsThis book comes with great peripherals On the cover of the Penguin Classics edition is a superb painting by Jason Freeman, showing an operation on a human eye as brilliant as it is horrifying, the image perfectly captures the mind of the protagonist, Australian painter Hurtle Duffield, whose laser gaze sears into the souls of his subjects, even if he must destroy them in the process You open the cover to find an excellent introduction by fellow Nobelist J M Coetzee, and four pit [...]

    7. A monumental novel which sets out to chronicle the life of fictional artist Hurtle Duffield from childhood to death Sold by his poor parents into a wealthy family, the driving force throughout his life is to realize his inner vision by whatever means he can His ruthlessness in dissecting and exposing the passions and weaknesses of those around him in order to serve his art leaves him cut off from those warmer human emotions which could so easily be his until a musical child, whom he recognises a [...]

    8. It was in almost every event the least effective antidote to melancholy Hell yeah This is a novel as compelling and life like as they come Vivid, real, sad, unusual and filled with spectacular, stunning prose, and exceptionally well crafted characters Anyone who has ever claimed to take any interest in art will appreciate how the book revolves around its main character a painter and, consequently, around the creative process and the mindset that accompanies its most earnest executors However, th [...]

    9. The Vivisector has its moments undeniable, succinct moments of clarity and of honesty, moments that shine out from the page and that can make you look at a certain subject in a different way and it is these moments that make this book a worthwhile read, despite its length and its absence of likeable characters Just like Hurtle Duffield has to toil for his art, you may feel yourself wading through endless description, occasionally pretentious art posturing and repetition but there are diamonds in [...]

    10. There were parts of this book that I enjoyed, but overwhelmingly I found it drawn out, boring, pretentious, and a little bit ridiculous The novel is about Hurtle Duffield, a boy essentially bought from his parents for a wealthy couple s amusement at his charm and cleverness An initially sensitive and bright little lad, the act of being sold seems to bring out something darker in the boy, and his push towards becoming an artists reveals a brutal, crueler side of him that he ends up exploring I r [...]

    11. I am not sure if the artist is so Romantic it is uneven, yes the detachment is peculiar Coetzee wrote the introduction and I am surprised that he did not touch on the colonial aspect no space For if anything perhaps White s novel shows the uneasiness of the Australian artist upon entering the sanctified art world and there is Australia s history of course, as penal colony and all One is tempted to read this allegorically the life events of Duffield.I am not sure that this is the artist s experie [...]

    12. Description Hurtle Duffield, a painter, coldly dissects the weaknesses of any and all who enter his circle His sister s deformity, a grocer s moonlight indiscretion, the passionate illusions of the women who love him all are used as fodder for his art It is only when Hurtle meets an egocentric adolescent whom he sees as his spiritual child does he experience a deeper, treacherous emotion in this tour de force of sexual and psychological menace that sheds brutally honest light on the creative ex [...]

    13. An intriguing look into the life of a rather uncouth man, beginning in childhood and ending, well, with the end What s most intriguing about this novel is that it straddles the line between modernist and post modernist literature Some critics have argued that it needs Australian ness, but I thought it had the right about of Australian essence to be quirky in that respect, but little enough so that non Australians can still easily understand what is being said There is a bit of a shock factor, t [...]

    14. A book of hard truths about living the creative life I can t think of any other book that would be as good as this one on the process of generating ideas and how a mind becomes possessed with them until they are fully realised Very, very good writing, but a slow read, especially the last few pages.

    15. A remarkably convincing warts and all immersion into the consciousness of a modern artist from childhood to the bitter end.

    16. Page 199This evening the indications are I will be employed all night There is a football team been given the address I will think of you between the scrums I kiss you every where, NanceI don t understand those bloody paintings I drawings or whatever they are but they may be something If I could draw I would do you realistic than life How I would love it.Page 207Again the long sad picture got possession of her That was what she wanted to be slowly and sadly possessed by a lost marquise in crush [...]

    17. Story is about a painter Hurtle Duffield who analyses his friends and relatives like a surgeon performing a vivisection with full detachment Its all done for the sake of his art Story starts with his initial childhood in a poor family But he is eventually adopted by wealthy Courtney s where his mom works as Laundress.Courtney have a daughter Rhoda, who has a disability in the form of bent stooped back Hurtle is quiet unusual as compare to any normal children Chiefly he is ahead of his age and he [...]

    18. I m marking this as finished even though I didn t finish it DNFed.So I m not going to rate this but I didn t like this one bit I could enjoy some passages and that I could tell that Patrick White is a good writer, but the story dragged and none of the characters are likable at all I read this for my book club, at the moment we re reading the shortlist of the Man Booker Prize 1970, and so far that year, in my opinion, not a strong year I would have stopped reading this earlier if it wasn t a book [...]

    19. I m not really finished with this yet, but I guess I ve had enough for now It IS endless 700 pages , one of these huge fictionalized Life of books that traces the rise fall, rise fall again again, etc I m interested in ground breaking artist Hurtle Duffield, but I need a break, unless my pile of library charity shop books either disappears or gets pretty boring, it may be a while before I dive back in to finish the last 150 pages of Hurtle s life He s old a hermit now, so I suspect there s not g [...]

    20. Compelling chilling in equal measure, I picked up this book on a whim to read at work and couldn t put it down Consumed in 2 weeks Absorbing, intense, visceral, earthy it tells the life of a nihilistic anti hero Hurtle Duffield He knows from an early age he is an artist Damaged by youthful experiences he becomes a parasite upon people and relationships which fuel his art Truly great writing about the creative process.Patrick White began writing with 2 books of verse, before moving into novels He [...]

    21. A harsh profession, the vivisector within this book, lives up to the promise He turns his skills inward and outward, displaying an uncanny knack to dissect and review not only his life, but the lives of others Sacrificed as a child, for largely economic reasons, his skills to reveal and dissect those around him are soon revealed, but does he ever find what it is he is seeking You would enjoy this book if you are on a quest to find self and seek a thought provoking, painful, yet enjoyable journey [...]

    22. This book was one of my first books that I have read ,when I arrived to Australia 44 years ago Patrick White showed me the life in Australia, that was newand different to anything I ve ever imagined I ve just read the book again and I was pleasantly surprised , that my understanding of English language 44 years ago, was much better then I thought I loved the book , Patrick introduced me to a country ,that I ve learned to love and enjoy.

    23. I m giving up I m 100 pages in and nothing has happened I peeked and it seems like very few of the 600 pages actually spend time advancing plot I got the gist of it from a synopsis, so I think I ll call it here and move on Maybe I ll try again another day, but most likely not I have other things to do.

    24. Low 2 Despite the title this is not an incisive exploration of the influence of the artist s psyche on his body of work as the author s prose all too often obstructs White has also made his protagonist, Hurtle Duffield, far too unappealing Uprooted from his poor background, this artist cruelly dissects the deformities of his models but the author fails to achieve the same with his own subject.

    25. Patrick White was the author I loved to hate when we were forced to read him back in English Lit I said as much to a customer a month or so ago, and he pointed out that maybe reading him as an adult would be a different experience and suggested that I read this An absolute stunner of a book, this is everything I love about GOOD literature.

    26. I first read this 30 years ago and thought it excellent This time around, I took my time, savoured perfect imagery and wonderful writing along with further understanding each character I love Patrick White s humour he can make me both cringe and laugh at the same time This is the perfect gothic Sydney novel.

    27. 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.

    28. Pretentious and arrogant like its hero Appallingly long at 600 pages, I found myself skimming the last 200 pages It is very painful to spend 600 pages with such a tedious and obnoxious character Reminded me of D.H Lawrence, which is not a compliment in my book.

    29. Why didn t anyone tell me about Patrick White before This was utterly fantastic Don t read the book jacket, which will lead you to believe that you ll hate the artist protagonist just read the book and you won t Diamond bright and diamond hard.

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