Novel by Patrick White, Australia's only Nobel laureate in the field of Literature. Considered by many to be White's definitive work. Stan Parker journeys to a remote scrubby patch of he land he has inherited in the Australian wilderness. When he has cleared the land and built his home, he finds a wife and they return to his land and struggle to survive together. This chronicle of simple lives, faced with every hardship, is a testament to human endurance. The New York Times Book Review said it quite simply: "A timeless work of art from which no essential element of life has been omitted."