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by Melanie Cooper-Leary

It is safe to say that the true role of the police, and indeed the criminal justice system over all, is largely misunderstood by the public and very likely by the people who make up its ranks. It is the purpose of this book to define this role by asking the question: WHY? Why do we have a police force and a criminal justice system in American and what are the true sociological ends being served by them; or better still, to what ends are they being asked to serve. We may discover that what the police are expected to accomplish is more important for society than their actual performance.
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ISBN: 059517034X
ISBN13: 978-0595170340
Category: Politics
Subcategory: Politics & Government
Author: Melanie Cooper-Leary
Language: English
Publisher: iUniverse (January 21, 2001)
Pages: 128 pages
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'Lacking flamboyance, cursed with reserve, I chose fiction.'
Patrick White's self-portrait (rather than memoir) was first published in 1981. He is still the only Australian literature Nobelist. (Coetzee doesn't count as an Australian Nobelist, he converted after the award.)
White was an outstanding wordsmith, who rarely mis-stepped and is mostly free of platitudes and cheap turns. Mostly, which means: not always. The Greek travel segments of this book have some odd and sinister hints at Slavs; that must refer to looming international conflicts with northern neighbors.

The man and his country had no easy relationship. White was an outsider. In his words: he was posing as a member of his own family. Writing was not an honored male profession.
His memoirs are no standard delivery either. More association game than chronological discipline. Very harsh with his own self, even his childish self. No love invested on mother, and little on father. The man could be unpleasant. A writer's mission does not involve being a nice person.
The man grew up between England and Oz, with some romancing La France. In between he had a few years of infatuation with romantic Germany in the 30s, but the Hitlery drove him off.
He doesn't glorify his pre-war years as a struggling writer, nor his North African/'Near Eastern' war experience in 'intelligence'. He doesn't hide his sexual inclination, but he doesn't dwell on it very much either.
The center of the tale is PW's relationship with his life long partner, a Greek whom he met during the war. He became a Helenophile. When they decide to stay together, and do this in Australia, they take on a heavy load of social complications. But even those are not spelled out in detail.

White mostly stayed away from firm and lengthy convictions of the political or religious kind. Good for him, and also for us. He doesn't preach.
The text is a Sammelsurium of narrative stretches, including travel reports, and of aphoristic pieces. He does much name dropping, mostly of little known names. The text is compact and needs slow reading. It doesn't succumb to speed. 260 pages that feel much longer, without being slow or boring. Just compact.
Did he show up in Stockholm to collect his award? No way.
The manuscript, Flaws in the Glass (1981), is Patrick Victor Martindale White's autobiography. White, born in 1912 in England, migrated to Sydney, Australia, when he was six months old. For three years, at the age of 20, he studied French and German literature at King's College at the University of Cambridge in England.

Throughout his life, he published 12 novels. In 1957 he won the inaugural Miles Franklin Literary Award for Voss, published in 1956. In 1961, Riders in the Chariot became a best-seller, winning the Miles Franklin Literary Award. In 1973, he was the first Australian author to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for The Eye of the Storm, despite many critics describing his works as `un-Australian' and himself as `Australia's most unreadable novelist.' In 1979, The Twyborn Affair was short-listed for the Booker Prize, but he withdrew it from the competition to give younger writers the opportunity to win the award.

His autobiography, Flaws in the Glass, is a quarter of the size of his typically large tomes, describing his school life, life as a pastoralist in Australia, his home in Centennial Park, and his homosexuality. Unlike most artists who refrain from disclosing their favourite works, he openly admits that "in my own opinion, my three best novels are The Solid Mandala, The Aunt's Story, and The Twyborn Affair. All three say something more than what is sacred to Aust. Lit. For this reason some of them were ignored in the beginning, some reviled and dismissed as pornography."

White seems ill at ease writing about himself because the writing doesn't have the same literary style as his fictional works, often being disjointed as he responds to criticism of his works. Nevertheless, it is interesting for revealing the development of his writing abilities, his source of ideas and inspiration, his attitude towards women and religion, and his feelings about the criticisms of his personal life and his professional works.

Many of his novels were written bedridden with spasms of asthma. Patrick White died in Sydney on 30 September 1990.