William Golding's Rites of Passage is one of those books you can't say much about, since it ruins the tale. On surface, it is about Edward Talbot's voyage to Australia in 1812. Talbot is a pompous young man, and aristocrat, who happens to keep a detailed journal
William Golding's Rites of Passage is one of those books you can't say much about, since it ruins the tale. Talbot is a pompous young man, and aristocrat, who happens to keep a detailed journal. As the pages go by, you see glimmerings of maturity, and a sure eye for recording details. The book starts out in a comic vein, one that had me thinking early on of the Flashman novels.
Rites of Passage is the first book in Golding’s ‘A Sea Trilogy’. Sailing to Australia in the early years of the nineteenth century, Edmund Talbot keeps a journal to amuse his godfather back in England. Full of wit and disdain, he records the mounting tensions on the ancient warship, where officers, sailors, soldiers and emigrants jostle in the crammed spaces below decks
To the Ends of the Earth is the name given to a trilogy of nautical, relational novels-Rites of Passage (1980), Close Quarters (1987), and Fire Down Below (1989)-by British author William Golding.
To the Ends of the Earth is the name given to a trilogy of nautical, relational novels-Rites of Passage (1980), Close Quarters (1987), and Fire Down Below (1989)-by British author William Golding. Set on a former British man-of-war transporting migrants to Australia in the early 19th century, the novels explore themes of class (assumed status) and man's reversion to savagery when isolated, in this case, the closed society of the ship's passengers and crew.
Rites of Passage captures the early part of a voyage to Australia during the close of the great Age of Sail. Locked aboard the aging hulk Britannia, a cross section of society seeks new lives and opportunities in a virgin territory. The book is written in epistolary format, featuring the daily journals of William Talbot, with the inclusion of a fevered letter from the parson James Colley. Both of these men make their own passages within the confines of shipboard society with very different levels of success.
With an introduction by John Gray. With an introduction by Philip Hensher. Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Sammy Mountjoy, artist, rises from poverty and an obscure birth to see his pictures hung in the Tate Gallery. Swept into World War II, he is taken as a prisoner-of-war, threatened with torture, then locked in a cell of total darkness to wait. He emerges from his cell transfigured from his ordeal, and begins to realise what man can be and what he has gradually made of himself through his own choices. But did those accumulated choices also begin to deprive him of his free will? 'A fiercely distinguished book.
Whilst at sea he writes a journal to send back to England in which he records the mounting tensions onboard ship. From the author of LORD OF THE FLIES. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.
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