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Title:
The Cockatoos (MP3)
Written by:
Patrick White 
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Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
9 hours 40 minutes 
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Published:
December 01 2019 
Available Date:
December 01 2019 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9780655627906 
Genres:
Fiction; Literary Fiction 
Publisher:
ABC Audio 
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Award winning author

In six short stories Patrick White probes beneath the surface of events to expose a deeper, truer reality.

The wild and beautiful birds of the title are the cockatoos who – welcome trespassers in a suburban 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. Miss Le Cornu, the lonely spinster for whom Davoren's calls have become a needed ritual, regards the birds' descent on her chimney-pot as a privilege little short of divine grace. 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. In A Woman's Hand, and elderly man married to a proud, manipulative woman perceives in another man's magnificent isolation the stillness and contentment that he will never achieve. Allegedly raped by a mystery intruder, the respectable daughter of respectable and doting parents in The Night the Prowler sets out to violate the social codes that chain her to an unreal identity. In Sicilian Vespers, a doctor's wife on holiday attempts to exorcise her childhood spectres in what could be a blasphemous and joyless act of adultery or, on the other hand, a surrender to hysterical fantasy. So complete and richly furnishes is the writing of Patrick White that ideas and images within each story are as satisfying as the whole; each story is as nourishing as the book itself. The Cockatoos achieves a majesty to match the grandeur of his finest novels.

'To read Patrick White ... is to touch a source of power, to move through areas made new and fresh, to see men and women with a sharpened gaze.’
Daily Telegraph

'The Cockatoos ... is superb. It is a slow, beautiful dance of love and death.’
Chicago Tribune