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The Cockatoos: Shorter Novels and Stories is a collection of six novellas by Australian writer Patrick White, first published by Jonathan Cape in 1974. Cape reprinted the book that same year. This was White's first published work after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. The third story, The Night the Prowler, was filmed in 1978. White wrote the script.

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The Cockatoos achieves a majesty to match the grandeur of his finest novels. Patrick White was awarded the 1973 Nobel Prize for Literature, 'for an epic, psychological narrative art which has introduced a new continent into literature. Библиографические данные. The Cockatoos: Shorter Novels and Stories.

Brilliant Very Funny Satires. com User, July 13, 2009. Human social hierarchy in juxtapose. White is the eye in the sky. Funny and very cleaver.

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The Cockatoos: Shorter Novels and Stories is a collection of six novellas by Australian writer Patrick White, first published by Jonathan Cape in 1974.

Savage but kind-eyed, tearing with fierce beak at his chosen victim, the cockatoo appears in many disguises in this masterly collection of short novels and stories.

The wild and beautiful birds of the title are the cockatoos who - welcome trespassers in a surburban garden - transform the lives of those they condescend to visit. The Davorens, who for seven years have lived in total silence, are united suddenly in mutual worship of their exotic guests. Savage but kind-eyed, tearing with fierce beak at his chosen victim, the cockatoo appears in many disguises in this masterly collection of short novels and stories. Essentially, the book's theme is intimacy, that close relationship in which possessive love can invade and cripple the spirit.

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1. A Woman's Hand 2. The Full Belly 3. The Night the Prowler 4. Five-Twenty 5. Sicilian Vespers 6. The Cockatoos

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Yayrel
Considering THE COCKATOOS, by the Australian Nobel Laureate Patrick White, I find it nearly impossible to arrive at an assessment--here are six long stories, written in a similar style which I can recognize as the work of a master craftsman, yet which also had nearly no affect on me. Each of these stories seem to be trying to illustrate the same bleak worldview by shaving the lives of its protagonists into incredibly fine cross-sections, then illuminating them one facet, one nuance at a time; the effect is dense, finely articulated, and designed for maximum exposure of the interior lives of these people. Yet what the author reveals with these portraits is a world of little joy, of loss and repressed longing, of suppressed rage, and of quiet, confused desperation.

It's also true that at time, the stories are SO nuanced that I'm not sure if I caught all the details--for sure there is repressed sexuality in some, repressed memories of molestation in others, and few characters who have any idea (as it should be) as to why they do the things that they do. Often they seem compelled by forces within them, forces that were forged in the past and have emerged recently because of some new trauma, or even because of some small trigger that unleashes the pent-up emotions of a lifetime.

Whereas Patrick White is more than proficient at bringing these states about in his characters, the bleakness can be a bit unrelenting. These people all live in a state of consciousness that would be unbearable, I'd think, and though I'm sure there are people who manage to do so, the stories in THE COCKATOOS seem to imply that this is the natural way of things. In this he shares somewhat a similarity with another Nobel Laureate, Alice Munro, whose stories, I think, also seem heavily weighted toward alienation and aloneness.

Perhaps it would have made a difference if I'd been able to put more space between reading each story; I pulled THE COCKATOOS down with eleven other single author collections, and read out of each using the round-robin method. It may be that I needed even more time between stories; that may have diminished some of the bleakness I felt overall, and allowed me to appreciate each story without the weight of the preceding one bearing it down. In any case, it does not put me off reading more of Patrick White, as he is a master craftsman, there is no doubt. And it may be that at another time I'd be more receptive to the feelings he tried to evoke--but I hope not.
Tujar
Patrick White, a writer whom I’ve long admired, wrote several outstanding novels and some great short stories. The six stories here display the same suppressed aggression, the same anger at the dullness and futility of life. The superficial calm and shallowness of Australian suburban life can be ripped open to reveal transcendent moments in the most unlikely places. The sharks wait under the surface. Is there really such a thing as “shallow life”? I think White would have said 'no' because the pebble thrown into the placid pond can ultimately cause a tidal wave. Each of these stories deals with aging or aged people, but aged people who don't know what to do with the rest of their lives. In a couple stories, they travel without much aim, in one they must deal with a seriously-unbalanced daughter. They avoid trying to decide what to do with aging bodies, with unsatisfied desires. I cannot say I love White’s writing---he has some weird fascination with ugly or grotesque details, with unpleasant characters who always disappoint—but no doubt he was a master at his craft. There are few epiphanies, few happy results and very often the story just kind of trickles to an end: a woman with little to do tries to play matchmaker and dooms two people--or does she? Wild cockatoos in a Sydney suburban garden connect several people whose relationships have been hostile or at least mired in estrangement. Hunger in wartime Greece, an uneasy relationship between an American couple and a diffident Australian couple touring Sicily, and the strange late-life love of an unsophisticated widow living by a busy Sydney road. Each story is marked by unusual behavior by characters who seem driven by unseen forces, not much “in charge” of their own impulses or actions. All the stories will leave a strong impression and bear a lot of thinking about; they are certainly complex, but in a way, you feel glad to finish them. You never wish to know more about the characters. I can only say that these six stories remind me of jewels thrown into an unpleasant muck. They can be fished out and admired, but something unpleasant will always remain.
The Cockatoos: Shorter Novels and Stories download epub
Contemporary
Author: Patrick White
ISBN: 0140044639
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books; New Ed edition (August 25, 1983)
Pages: 288 pages