The vivisector penguin classics patrick white j m coetzee on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers join j m coetzee and thomas keneally in rediscovering nobel laureate patrick white hurtle duffield. 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. The impressionistic painterly quality of whites prose is to the fore in the vivisector a rambling narrative with eye peeling power and perhaps the most convincing of all fictional attempts to capture the magic lantern sensibility of a great visual artist richard rayner the los angeles . The ending of the vivisector like that of voss is replete with religious symbolism and ambiguity both duffield and voss suffer in part to their overreaching yet the heroism of their final acts in some measure redeems the two characters duffield literally dies for his art and his vision
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