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- Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks; Abridged Ed edition (29 Aug. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140863958
- ISBN-13: 978-0140863956
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,108,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rites of Passage (Penguin/Faber Audiobooks)
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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
William Golding (1911-93) was born in Cornwall, England. His first novel, Lord of the Flies, was published in 1954 and became an international bestseller. In 1983, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The novel is narrated by a somewhat arrogant young man en route to Australia in 1800. He keeps a journal intended for his godfather- Golding's style of writing convinces the reader that this was written be a gentleman of the era- full at first with nautical observations and accounts of his seasickness. Soon we meet his fellow passengers, notably a rather comical young clergyman and the fiercesome captain. And we become aware that the former is being cruelly bullied...
Our narrator then comes into possession of a long letter that the clergyman is writing to his sister back in England and reproduces it, noting 'this journal has become deadly as a loaded gun.'
We have two different perspectives on the same events, but there is a further twist...
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The novel starts promisingly with a vivid description of the cramped conditions and pervading stink below decks in an early 19thC sailing ship. Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2015 by Curmudgeon
Interesting style and delivery
Minimal story, decent description all written in a contemporary style
Unlikely to read another, but pleased I struggled through this one
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 on 22 Nov. 2014 by Kindle Customer
Received book quickly and in good condition but didnt enjoy the storyPublished on 28 Oct. 2014 by chili
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