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Cracking old-time adventure on the high seas,
This review is from: To the Ends of the Earth (Paperback)
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, but I absolutely loved the main character, Edmund Talbot (and having recently learned that he was played in the BBC's version by Benedict Cumberbatch, I love him even more!).
The three books describe a voyage to Australia on a ship that is literally falling apart. Edmund is a young aristocrat who initially sees the crew as jolly tars there to serve him, and barely registers the poor emigrants in the other part of the ship. He thinks that because he himself receives fine food and brandy, the sailors have no cause for complaint.
Gradually, however, he begins to change his attitude and see his fellow voyagers as people, particularly when disaster threatens them all, and the food begins to run out, even for the rich passengers.
Now that I've been encouraged to read the rest of William Golding's novels, I can see where he was going with 'To the Ends of the Earth'. I'm definitely going to read it again very soon!