Voss by Patrick White

Voss -AmyA hard book to describe, Voss is somewhat dreamlike, almost incomprehensibly so at times. It is the story of a German man, Voss, about to lead an expedition to regions of Australia unexplored by white men, in the 19th century, and a young woman in Sydney who is set apart by her intelligence. Before Voss leaves, they form a bond, which strengthens in a mythical, psychic way, while he is gone. The sense of place is palpable, the weather oppressive, the emotions overwhelming, making this dense and difficult book compelling and oddly beautiful.

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