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  • Taschenbuch: 464 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage Classics; Auflage: New Ed (2. Januar 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0099324717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099324713
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2,8 x 19,8 cm
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Set in nineteenth-century Australia, Voss is the story of the secret passion between an explorer and a naive young woman. Although they have met only a few times, Voss and Laura are joined by overwhelming, obsessive feelings for each other. Voss sets out to cross the continent, and as hardships, mutiny and betrayal whittle away his power to endure and to lead, his attachment to Laura gradually increases. Laura, waiting in Sydney, moves through the months of separation as if they were a dream and Voss the only reality.


Hidden love and adventure in the Australian desert - a novel of extraordinary power and virtuosity

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Christoph am 15. Januar 2014
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"Voss" ist ein wahres Meisterwerk der Erzählkunst. Noch nie habe ich die australische Geschichte so lebendig und spannend, so menschlich und authentisch vor Augen geführt bekommen. Allem voran ist da natürlich die psychologische Betrachtung bzw. Beschreibung des charismatischen deutschen Entdeckers Voss. Die Figur des Voss', die dem realexistierenden preußischen Entdecker Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt nachempfunden worden ist, zeugt in beeindruckender Weise davon, dass Deutsche die Weltgeschichte auch zum Positivem beeinflusst haben und zur Legende geworden sind. Ein schönes frühes Plädoyee für die deutsche Wissenschaft aus australischer Sichtweise.
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One of the great novels 11. Mai 2004
Von Adam Kelly - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This epic about a man's journey into the heart of the Australian desert and into his own heart and mind is a classic of modern literature. Johann Ulrich Voss, though he remains always just beyond the reader's grasp as a character, is as memorable as any great figure in modern literature. If Marlow and Kurtz in Heart of Darkness were one man, this would be him.
The novel is also a love story about two people who go beyond the mediocrity of their surroundings to embark on interior journeys where they learn to know themselves and unite with each other in spirit.
For 80% of the novel I was gripped, running home from college to read more and more. My only qualm would be the ending, as the tension dissipates and the last 80 pages or so peter out under the excessive Christian symbolism. But there is no way that a potential reader should be put off by this assessment
Sentence for sentence, word for word, Patrick White is as good a prose stylist as I've ever read. The phrase "tour de force" could have been invented for this book.
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A bit more insight 25. Februar 2010
Von Philip Uebergang - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I found the reviews here to be very interesting as they are so different to my own interpretation of the novel. I write this as an Australian who is familiar with the outback, and with some experience of contemporary aboriginal culture. Where I diverge from other reviewers is that, while I agree with many of the comments on characterisation, plot and so forth, I feel that this is all quite secondary.
What struck me most about the story was White's empathy with, and extraordinarily sensititve portrayal of the aboriginal characters. I have never read anything like it. I think Thomas Keneally has tried to reach these lofty heights but hasn't quite managed the poetic majesty of Voss. It seems extraordinary to me that the reviewers here have ignored this aspect of the novel, as it is this that excludes it from being a great tale of love and misadventure, as opposed to a genuine literary work of subtle complexity.
I am guessing that some reviewers have assumed White associated the aboriginal characters with a sort of spiritual surrealism. Not so. While this may have been a secondary effect, the aboriginal narrative is actually a remarkably honest and insightful portrayal of the aboriginal dreaming, or their worldview, particularly during the early days of European settlement in Australia.
To my mind it was for this reason that White wrote the novel - not so much to tell a tale of European hardship and naivety within the Australian deserts but to delve into the unique mindset of aboriginal Australia. This is no more evident than in its brutal clash with the logical, causal mindset of the Judeo-Christian West, as portrayed so wonderfully in the stiff and formal character of Voss. Read from this perspective, I believe the novel will offer readers an even more rewarding experience.
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Voss: journeys of exploration 26. Januar 2007
Von Jennifer Cameron-Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This novel opens in Sydney, 1845, with the German explorer Voss preparing to cross the Australian continent. This physical aspect of the novel is loosely based on the ill-fated expedition of Ludwig Leichhardt.

Prior to leaving Sydney, Voss meets Laura Trevelyan. Laura is the niece of one of Voss's patrons and is perhaps the only person apart from Voss himself who perceives that his journey is a challenge of will as much as a geographical journey of discovery. Voss and Laura, despite only meeting four times before he departs, form a spiritual bond which strengthens during the course of the novel.

The novel is about discovery, about triumph and about failure. The physical elements of the journey describe many of the challenges facing explorers within central Australia at the time and combines elements of human suffering and religious metaphor.

The intense relationship between Laura and Voss develops during the course of the journey, and is conducted both through letter and telepathy.

This novel can be read as a simple story of an ill-fated expedition. Alternatively, it can be read as one man's challenge to the physical world, and of the good and evil in each of us.

By the end of the novel, the discovery seems clear, the triumphs and the failures are obvious. Or are they? Perhaps it depends on which viewpoint you choose to adopt.

I recommend this novel to anyone who wants to read well written literature which, under the guise of telling a story, invites the readers to confront their own thinking. The choice is yours.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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Tragic and unforgettable 7. Oktober 2004
Von Book Smart - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a deeply sad story of tragic love in Australia's colonial times. Voss, "The German" and Laura, a young Sydney woman, are societal misfits who meet quite awkwardly in drawing room one day. Soon after this meeting, Voss begins his epic journey into the unknown Australian outback. As the journey progresses he realizes his love for Laura and writes her a letter asking for her hand in marriage. She accepts his proposal and a love affair of the minds begins. More letters are written but never received by either party. Amazingly, their love blossoms for each other in a small minded, petty, and class driven society. Sadly, in the end their love is tragically never to be.
I found this book to be extremely well written and deeply moving. I believe that this novel is on par with Bronte's Jane Eyre and I do not understand why it is not on any classical reading lists. There are parts of the book that move somewhat slowly, but each part has its purpose in bringing you deeper into the story. The insights into the human soul are incredibly poignant. If you do decide to give Voss a chance read it slowly and in quite spaces. Soak up the meanings within the writing and enjoy this sad, sad tale.
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Tortured to Death in the Country of the Mind 4. Februar 2009
Von Bob Newman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I bought this book in Melbourne, 28 years ago, took it back to the US nine years later, and now have read it in India. An intercontinental scale like this is appropriate to a book of such power and large canvas. Loosely-based on the story of Ludwig Leichhardt, a German explorer of Australia in the 1840s, it is much more an exploration of human nature laden with symbolism and religious questions. "All truths are particolored. Except the greatest truth of all.", says Laura Trevelyan, the explorer's soul sharer, at the end of the novel. White establishes this fact over the course of 448 pages in his magnificently oblique prose. He makes no attempt whatsoever to make his dialogue sound natural. White is one of those few authors who can turn a long novel into a prose poem. For example, (p.71), "The silver flags, breaking, and flying on high, almost escaping from their lacquered masts, were brought back continually by the mysterious ganglion of dark roots." He is describing a bamboo thicket in a Sydney garden.

The construction of the novel reminded me of "War and Peace" because of its pattern of alternating chapters. In the former they concern scenes of war and of upper class life in Moscow. In VOSS the two themes are the semi-urban life of the self-assured, self-satisfied Sydney upper class and raw struggle with nature and Aborigines in the bush by the searching, tortured German who cannot disconnect himself from God. Laura is the link between these two worlds, a woman dissatisfied with the pettiness of bourgeois female existence of that time, a woman who questions religion and the given truths of her society.

The deep psychological portraits of Voss, German mystic and explorer, and of Laura, the woman he meets only briefly, but connects to forever, form the bulk of the book, but there are any number of other skillfully drawn characters. They all form a composite of Australian society at mid-19th century, a country in formation, not yet fully-baked, the English settlers completely unfamiliar with the continent they have appropriated. Perhaps the Aborigines, frail ghosts flitting in and out of the bush, are more dreamlike than real. Their land, so sheltering of them over thousands of years, proves utterly hostile to the European explorers who fatally do not take any lessons in survival from those who knew.

Some may hold that Patrick White's style is tedious and hard to absorb. I can grant that to some extent, but if you persist, he has a unique power and gives the majesty of a symphony with many minor melodies. I have read "The Aunt's Story", "The Burnt Ones", and "The Tree of Man" besides VOSS. I liked "The Tree of Man" best, but VOSS is a most powerful and amazing work of poetry, hopeless love, human frailties and human failures. On reading it, you will definitely understand why Patrick White deserved a Nobel Prize.
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