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The "Good Read",
By A Customer
This review is from: To the Ends of the Earth: A Sea Trilogy. Comprising 'Rites of Passage'; 'Fire Down Below'; 'Close Quarters' (Hardcover)
William Golding himself wrote an introduction for this new combined edition of his trilogy. In it he basically justified the revisions he made etc. He realised in editing the book again that he had failed to name the ship upon which the majority of the trilogy takes place. He left this uncorrected, but his hope was that the ship's name would be surmised as being nothing more than "The Good Read."
He is not disappointed in his hope, as I found his trilogy absolutely absorbing and engaging. Honestly I place it as some of the most enjoyable prose I've ever read. I'm actually considering doing a research project on him for my degree, is the extent to which this book has impressed me.
It's just refreshing hearing Golding write through such a thoroughly happy and upbeat narrator. It infuses the book with a cheerfulness despite Golding's perrenial themes of social class and human nature.
Certainly this trilogy must be seen as central in Golding's work, not just for its sheer size, but also since it most clearly manifests Golding's frequent allusions to existence as a sea journey. In this case we see these existences being played out literally on a journey to the ends of the earth, from England to the Antipodes.
The journey presented is undeniably fraught, and for a work of serious fiction, remarkably exciting at a vary basic level. Alongside it's obvious literary credentials, it stands on its own as simply and enjoyable book.
What's the essence of this journey that's presented? In my opinion, nothing more or less than the journey through a "Good Read."