Rites of Passage (FF Classics) Paperback – 9 Apr 2001
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Rites of Passage, from William Golding - the author of Lord of the Flies - the Booker Prize-winning novel and first instalment from the Sea Trilogy. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911 and was educated at Marlborough Grammar School and at Brasenose College, Oxford. Before he became a schoolmaster he was an actor, a lecturer, a small-boat sailor and a musician. A now rare volume, Poems, appeared in 1934. In 1940 he joined the Royal Navy and saw action against battleships, and also took part in the pursuit of the Bismarck. He finished the war as a Lieutenant in command of a rocket ship, which was off the French coast for the D-Day invasion, and later at the island of Walcheren. After the war he returned to Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury and was there when his first novel, Lord of the Flies, was published in 1954. He gave up teaching in 1961. Lord of the Flies was filmed by Peter Brook in 1963. Golding listed his hobbies as music, chess, sailing, archaeology and classical Greek (which he taught himself). Many of these subjects appear in his essay collections The Hot Gates and A Moving Target. He won the Booker Prize for his novel Rites of Passage in 1980, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983. He was knighted in 1988. He died at his home in the summer of 1993. The Double Tongue, a novel left in draft at his death, was published in June 1995.
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He has nothing but contempt for the apparently ridiculous clergyman, Colley, but in that he sadly mistaken, as he discovers when he finds and reads Colley's journal, and it is in Colley that the tragedy in the book lies. This is a most original book written by a very great novelist, and it deals as always with Golding with the great theme of good and evil revealed through the characters, their attitudes and how they behave. It won the Booker prize and was a very worthy winner. It is just as powerful today as it was then.
The parson Mr. Colley, one of the other passengers, is what Trollope would call a 'hobbledehoy', and he soon becomes the object of ridicule among the other passengers and the ship's sailors. The consequences, ultimately, are tragical. Mr. Colley, one could say, fails to pass his rites of passage.
Until recently Golding was to me simply the author of 'Lord of the Flies', and having read that I foolishly assumed that he had written nothing else worthwhile reading. I readily grant now that I couldn't have been more mistaken. 'Rites of passage' is a truly marvelous novel in several respects. In the same way as with the island in 'Lord of the Flies', the ship in this book is a microcosm, reflecting and magnifying, as on a stage, the morals of society (and not just early 19th society). Though on the surface everyone aboard is polite, and the book abounds in farcical and ludicrous scenes, the tragic fate of Mr. Colley reveals the deeply embedded hypocrisy of each and every passenger.
Talbot himself too, however unwillingly, has to pass his own rites of passage in coming to terms with his behaviour towards Mr.Read more ›
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I liked the film so I bought it but it was a bit too much and I was bored quickly. But I can tell it is well written. However I stick to the film.Published 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
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Golding makes you feel apart of Talbot's life. He has to understand himself amongst the ship. A little like Hornblower, however women are on the ship. Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2014 by Leelee Miller
This is one of those novels that is a real work of real art. That is, as opposed to an academic exercise, I suppose. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2014 by RachelWalker
This 1980 work (the first part in the To The Ends Of The Earth trilogy) by William Golding is (for me) a book of astonishing power -dealing, as it does, with themes of class,... Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2013 by Keith M
Golding continues to appal me and yet I keep coming back for more.
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