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.
A Landscape Without Figures
I first read Voss about forty years ago and didn’t pick it up again until very recently. A few years later I was somewhat disappointed by one or two of White’s other books and this must have...Read more