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About William Golding
Born in Cornwall, England, William Golding started writing at the age of seven. Though he studied natural sciences at Oxford to please his parents, he also studied English and published his first book, a collection of poems, before finishing college. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II, participating in the Normandy invasion. Golding's other novels include Lord of the Flies, The Inheritors, The Free Fall, Pincher Martin, The Double Tongue, and Rites of Passage, which won the Booker Prize.
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This edition includes a new Suggestions for Further Reading by Jennifer Buehler.
At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued.
Hunt, trek, and feast among Neanderthals in this stunning novel by the radical Nobel Laureate and author of Lord of the Flies.
This was a different voice; not the voice of the people. It was the voice of other.
When spring comes, the people leave their winter cave, foraging for honey, grubs, and the hot richness of a deer's brain. They awaken the fire to heat their naked bodies, lay down their thorn bushes, and share pictures in their minds. But strange things are happening: inexplicable scents and sounds. Unimaginable beasts are half-glimpsed in the forest; upright creatures of bone-faces and deerskins. What the people don't know is that their day is already over ...
'Extraordinary ... Genius ... Remarkable in the literature of the twentieth century.' Ben Okri
'A stun gun to read ... Truly a masterpiece.' Monique Roffey
'An earthquake in the petrified forests of the English novel.' Arthur Koestler
'An astonishing, underrated novel.' Robert MacFarlane
'Beautiful, powerful ... A visionary dream . Shakespearean.' Ted Hughes
'A master fabulist, and a brilliantly creative interpreter of remote history ... An iconoclast.' John Fowles
'A tour de force ... Genius.' Daily Telegraph
'Alarming, eye-opening, desolating, mind-invading and unique.' New Statesman
Experience a shipwrecked sailor's psychic disintegration into 'a naked madman on a rock' by the radical Nobel Laureate and author of Lord of the Flies.
An hour on this rock is a lifetime.
Glistening limpets. The claws of a lobster. Wild tangles of seaweed. Slowly, his eyes open. Everywhere, there is sea. Only this jagged peak interrupts the vast expanse of the Atlantic: a tooth in a gaping jaw. But he will survive. Rainwater can be drunk; anemones eaten. He dries his oilskin beneath the screaming gulls, and discovers his papers: Christopher Hadley Martin, TY. Lieut., R.N.V.R. Weathering lightning strikes of memory, he must now reconstruct his fate - piece by terrible piece.
'Devastating ... Violently real ... The unique kind of novel that compels you to reread it.' Marlon James
'Wizardry of the first order.' Observer
'Terrifying . Magnificently original.' Sylvia Plath
'An amazing tour de force ... A blow-by-blow struggle for survival.' Stephen Spender
'Immense ... To read it is to undergo a shattering and memorable experience.' Kingsley Amis
'A master fabulist ... An iconoclast.' John Fowles
Lose yourself in an epic naval journey in the final novel in the Booker Prize-winning Sea Trilogy by the author of Lord of the Flies.
I think there has been death in my hands.
On the last stretch of its epic voyage from England to Australia, a disintegrating warship inches towards land. But there are still trials ahead, as the vessel is smashed against an ice cliff and blasted by a great storm, while the claustrophobic passengers battle erotic desires, masculine rivalry and violent power struggles - all experiencing a sea change in their natures. And when an unseen fire begins to smoulder below decks, the other side of the world has never seemed further away ...
'A truly noble achievement'. Patrick O'Brien
'Laden to the waterline with a rich cargo of practicalities and poetry, pain and hilarity, drama and exaltation.' Sunday Times
'A tour de force ... A persuasive adventure, love story and allegory, as serious as it is entertaining.' Penelope Lively
'The best novel I've read this year ... The language fizzes and spits.' Daily Telegraph
'Reeks and resounds with authenticity ... The epic imaginative enterprise [is] as formidable a feat as the year-long odyssey it charts.' Sunday Times
'Awesome ...Ambivalent, unresolved, walking a tightrope between reason and spirituality, tragedy and comedy ... So compelling and disturbing.' Victoria Glendinning
To The Ends of the Earth: A Sea Trilogy - Book Three
Succumb to one churchman's apocalyptic vision in this prophetic tale by the radical Nobel Laureate and author of Lord of the Flies, William Golding (recorded by Benedict Cumberbatch as an audiobook).
There were three sorts of people. Those who ran, those who stayed, and those who were built in.
Dean Jocelin has a vision: that God has chosen him to erect a great spire. His master builder fearfully advises against it, for the old cathedral was miraculously built without foundations. But Jocelin is obsessed with fashioning his prayer in stone. As his halo of hair grows wilder and his dark angel darker, the spire rises octagon upon octagon, pinnacle by pinnacle, watched over by the gargoyles - until the stone pillars shriek, the earth beneath creeps, and the spire's shadow falls like an axe on the medieval world below ...
'Astounding ... So recklessly beautiful, so sad and so strange ... Holds such a place in my soul that it's more or less a sacred text.' Sarah Perry
'A kind of miracle ... Genius.' Guardian
'Quite simply, a marvel.' NYRB
'Superb ... A classic.' Rebecca West
'A master fabulist .. An iconoclast.' John Fowles
'A visionary ... His masterwork [of] faith, folly and desperate desire ... Golding at his best.' Benjamin Myers
With an introduction by Meg Rosoff
William Golding's final novel, left in draft at his death, tells the story of a priestess of Apollo. Arieka is one of the last to prophesy at Delphi, in the shadowy years when the Romans were securing their grip on the tribes and cities of Greece. The plain, unloved daughter of a local grandee, she is rescued from the contempt and neglect of her family by her Delphic role. Her ambiguous attitude to the god and her belief in him seem to move in parallel with the decline of the god himself - but things are more complicated than they appear.
'A remarkable work ... A compelling storyteller as well as a clear-eyed philosopher of the dangerous puzzles of being human.' The Times
'A wonderful central character. The story stretches out as clean and dry and clear as the beach in Lord of the Flies.' Independent
'Feline, deadpan and at moments hilarious.' Observer
Lose yourself in an epic naval journey in this Booker Prize-winning novel: the first in the acclaimed Sea Trilogy by the author of Lord of the Flies.
I grow a little crazy, I think, like all men at sea who live too close to each other and too close thereby to all that is monstrous under the sun and moon . . .
Edmund Talbot is sailing to Australia in the early nineteenth century. In his journal, he records mounting tensions aboard the ancient, stinking warship, as officers, sailors, soldiers and emigrants jostle in the cramped darkness below decks. But when something happens to Reverend Colley that brings him into a 'hell of self-degradation', it seems that shame is a force deadlier than the sea itself . . .
To The Ends of the Earth: A Sea Trilogy - Book One
'It is the emotional veracity of life at sea that powers Golding's exceptional writing ... The fury, mystery and challenge of life on board.' Kate Mosse
'Golding writes the past as present [with] uncanny skill and tremendous intuition.' Ben Okri
'A master at the full stretch of his age and wisdom - necessary, provoking, urgent, rich, complex and rare.' The Times
'Golding's best and most accessible story since Lord of the Flies.' Melvyn Bragg
'An extraordinary novel.' Observer
To The Ends of the Earth: A Sea Trilogy - Book One
"El señor de las moscas" es Premio Nobel de Literatura 1983, una fábula moral acerca de la condición humana.
Urdida en torno a la situación límite de una treintena de muchachos en una isla desierta, El Señor de las Moscas es una magnífica novela que admite lecturas diferentes e incluso opuestas.
En efecto, si algunos pueden ver en esta indagación de William Golding en la condición humana la ilustración de que la agresividad criminal se halla entre los instintos básicos del hombre, otros podrán considerarla como una parábola que cuestiona un tipo de educación represiva que no hace sino incubar explosiones de barbarie prestas a estallar en cuanto los controles se relajan.
The destinies of three mysterious lost children entwine in this James Tait Black Memorial Prize-winning fable by the radical Nobel Laureate and author of Lord of the Flies.
A figure had condensed out of the shuddering backdrop of the glare.
He is born in fire: a naked child in the blood-red flames of London's Blitz. Miraculously saved but grotesquely burned, this mysterious orphan is named Matty. Doomed to a life of torment, he becomes a wanderer, a spiritual seeker after unknown redemption.
They are also lost children: neglected twins, as exquisitely beautiful as they are loveless and sinful. Toni explores political terrorism; Sophy, sexual dominance and violent criminality.
But their destinies will soon collide in an apocalyptic climax - one that illuminates the inner and outer darkness of modern humanity.
'Exceptional ... Irresistibly transcendent ... Golding seduces us. He transfixes, bewitches and confounds us.' Nicola Barker
'Extraordinary ... A hallucinatory, incantatory force ... The most powerful, and strangest, of all Golding's novels, and one of the great masterpieces of the twentieth-century English novel.' Philip Hensher
'A master craftsman in his particular sort of magic ... Golding's best book ... Wonderfully creepy ... A remarkable achievement.' London Review of Books
'A vision of elemental reality so vivid we seem to hallucinate the scenes ... Magic.' New York Times Book Review
'An intensity of vision without parallel.' TLS
'One of the most moving books I've ever read.' The Times
'Brilliantly spooky ... Written with great insight and a surprising humour, it is a thorough pleasure.' Atlantic Monthly