Meredith Byrne

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Pincher Martin by William Golding
Pincher Martin by William Golding
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This novel is another one of those William Golding ones that needs full concentration - no radio, no TV, no people chattering in the background. It can be quite hard going to begin with, but persevere: the ending is the best one you will have read in a long time.

Ostensibly, it's the story of a man who is shipwrecked - the descriptions of drowning at the beginning will curl your hair. He is then washed up on a rock in the middle of the ocean, where he has to keep himself alive by eating sea anemones and catching rainwater in his souwester.

During the course of his time on the rock, he suffers sunburn, sunstroke and food poisoning, but it's the things in his mind that… Read more
Free Fall by William Golding
Free Fall by William Golding
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This one takes some focus, but at the end, it really leaves you thinking - about the story, and about yourself. As with all his novels, William Golding leaves the twist to the very end, when everything becomes clear (or, at least, you have your own understanding of the story, even if other readers think differently).

The novel is purely and simply a man's recollection of his life, and his realisation that he has been a horrible person and his actions have had terrible consequences. He thinks back over everything he has done to try and pinpoint the moment when he diverted from the path of innocence and goodness. There is even a memory of being interrogated in a POW camp in which… Read more
To the Ends of the Earth by William Golding
To the Ends of the Earth by William Golding
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Based on 'Lord of the Flies', I was expecting this series to be dark and violent. What I didn't expect was that it would be so funny (and not nearly as violent as I'd expected). I was somewhat disappointed at the end of the first book, which won the Booker Prize, having expected something really horrible to happen (but that says more about our present society and the graphic violence we see on TV these days).

However, by the time I was well into the second book, I had realised that it was more of a comedy, as well as being a comment on the English class system. By the third book, I couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end.

The ending was a bit soft for my taste,… Read more

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