The Paper Men: With an introduction by Andrew Martin Paperback – 7 Nov 2013
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William Golding's The Paper Men is the story of Wilfred Barclay, a middle-aged novelist battling alcoholism and a dead-end marriage, and his would-be biographer, Professor Rick L. Tucker.
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William Golding (1911-1993) was a Booker and Nobel Prize-winning author, best known for his first novel, Lord of the Flies, published originally in 1954 and adapted for film in 1963. His other works include The Inheritors (1955), Pincher Martin (1956), The Spire (1964), Rites of Passage (1980), The Double Tongue (published posthumously in 1995) a now rare volume, Poems (1934) and the essay collections The Hot Gates and A Moving Target.
Golding was educated at Marlborough Grammar School and at Brasenose College, Oxford. Before his writing career, Golding was a schoolmaster. He was also a keen actor, musician and small-boat sailor.
In 2008, The Times ranked Golding third on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".
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We know from Judy Golding's wonderful memoir that, at this stage of his life in particular, the great author was besieged by admirers, students, would-be biographers and journalists. His relationship with these interested parties was complex. In part he was flattered, in part infuriated. As a very shy man, he was jealous of his privacy. As an accomplished actor, and a man able to overcome his diffidence and play the dancing bear, he could be very gracious to those he liked. As an artist fully aware of his own genius, he could be arrogant and brutal.
In all these responses, we can see echoes of Golding himself in Wilf Barclay, a celebrated novelist in full midlife crisis who is pursued by an American academic, Rick L. Tucker, who is determined to write the definitive biography.
The relationship between them, like Golding's own relationship to his pursuers, veers from knockabout farce to moments of lurid self-revelation. The important thing is that Tucker's questions, gauche and jejune as they are, force Barclay to consider himself objectively. In fact, both men are revealed to be frauds of various kinds. The ugly side of both is revealed in a procession of Deadly Sins, with resultant damage to the dignity of each.Read more ›
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Cover - 2/5 Not the one here but a man looking into a mirror and seeing a different face.
Not the easiest of reads. Liked the last chapter and last word. Read more
Subtle, enigmatic (as always with Golding), humorous (sometimes coarse, sometimes slapstick) and with the most unexpected ending you will ever encounter.Published 16 months ago by Mr Julian M Molony