Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage In the cabin of an ancient stinking warship bound for Australia a man writes a journal to entertain his godfather back in England With wit and disdain he records mounting tensions on board as an ob

In the cabin of an ancient, stinking warship bound for Australia, a man writes a journal to entertain his godfather back in England With wit and disdain he records mounting tensions on board, as an obsequious clergyman attracts the animosity of the tyrannical captain and surly crew.

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  1. Sir William Gerald Golding was a British novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his 1954 novel Lord of the Flies Golding spent two years in Oxford focusing on sciences however, he changed his educational emphasis to English literature, especially Anglo Saxon.During World War II, he was part of the Royal Navy which he left five years later His bellic experience strongly influenced his future novels.Later, he became a teacher and focused on writing.Some of his influences are classical Greek literature, such as Euripides, and The Battle of Maldon, an Anglo Saxon oeuvre whose author is unknown.The attention given to Lord of the Flies, Golding s first novel, by college students in the 1950s and 1960s drove literary critics attention to it.He was awarded the Booker Prize for literature in 1980 for his novel Rites of Passage, the first book of the trilogy To the Ends of the Earth He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983 and was knighted in 1988.In 2008, The Times ranked Golding third on their list of The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

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  1. Well, William Golding, sir You achieved something that not many men have done You brought me very close to tears.This novel really produced an amazingly strong emotional response in me Odd, in that it keeps the reader at arm s length for much of William Talbot s narrative Young William is a prig and a stuffed shirt and a snob and awfully skilled at self deception and there was no greater desire in my ungenerous heart than for him to get his comeuppance When it arrives though it is in the realisa [...]

  2. These here are the theatrics of people aboard a ship on way to the land Down Under At page 100, after a bunch of introductions are made, the narrator s own mindset is finally set adrift like the ship herself The plot opens, and then kinda, well, nothing unexpected happens i.e absolute zero greatness This was the dude who wrote Lord of the Flies, perhaps the most horrific non horror book of ALL time But this one s a dud The vessel society is not compelling whatsoever notable stand out characters [...]

  3. Original review 13 Oct 2015 A tragicomic tale that takes place entirely on a sea voyage in the early 19th century, this is an entertaining book, about the class system than about the sea This was a Booker winner, which raised my expectations, and I m not entirely sure it met them, and it didn t leave me feeling I should read the rest of the trilogy.Postscript added 1 Feb 2017 The Mookse and the Gripes group is revisiting the Booker shortlist for 1980, the year this one won, and all of the other [...]

  4. I kept changing my mind about this novel as I was reading it I liked it initially then it began losing me, to the extent that I wasn t sure I was going to finish it then it pulled me up short with a devastating narrative coup, and I was utterly gripped for a while Then there was the disappointment of the explanatory d nouement passage, which all felt a little clunky but Golding still managed to pull off a last surprise, in the form of a memorable final line The unevenness of the book begins to s [...]

  5. 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 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 I never thought of Golding as being funny before But yo [...]

  6. I read Rites of Passage as the final book from the 1980 Booker shortlist as part of The Mookse and Gripes revisit of that year.Saving the best it was the winner till last Not a bit of it.The author of the enduring classic Lord of the Flies is possibly allowed an indulgence or two but to my mind Golding used up all of his accumulated literary goodwill with this one.How on earth did this win the Booker Prize One can only imagine the politics and the bitching with Anthony Powell was well publicised [...]

  7. JonahThe original coverSpurred by reading Lord of the Flies 1954 as a teenager, I bought Golding s next two novels on impulse, found them much heavier going, so abandoned the author until I read the first book again a few years ago What a pleasant surprise, then, to find his Rites of Passage 1980 once easy to read, indeed almost comic in tone Although later extended into a trilogy, To the Ends of the Earth, this first volume was originally intended as a stand alone novel, and works perfectly we [...]

  8. Ugh This will be my shortest review yet, because saying too much just ruins it This book was absolutely brilliant, and utterly awful, and I really hated it Which was, I m assuming, Golding s purpose And the plot movements that made it brilliant and awful work best when they unfold naturally, so this is where I ll stop.Other than to say that Golding s narration is fantastic he is excellent at writing the journal of a pompous man child the book is about a young, wealthy man on his way to a bought [...]

  9. William Golding s Rites of Passage makes for a strange, haunting read A ship bound for the New World, sometime in the 19th century Witty observations, as the narrator weaves his journal A self conscious narrator he wants to impress his reader But then something happens A violation so horrible that the narrator can scarcely put it into words Shame, is perhaps the word to sum up this crime of violating the innocent It s about culpability too we are none of us innocent, it s a question of how guilt [...]

  10. An epistolary novel that becomes comedic and then tragic, after beginning as neither Edmund Talbot, a pompous young aristocrat, writes journal entries to his godfather narrating the events aboard a ship headed to Australia in the early 19th century Golding s language is flowery, and the pretentiousness is compounded by the italicizing of certain words in the text, mostly marine terms We are introduced to a variety of passengers and crew the obsequious Reverend Colley, whom nearly everyone despis [...]

  11. Loved it A very intriguing story about the social life on a voyage Superbly written, as the story develops it becomes a real page turner I finished the first half in a week, and the second half in a day I can t wait to start Close Quarters, the second part in the trilogy.

  12. 2.5 stars A lesser Golding novel hard to believe it won the Booker prize Gets much better in the second half with the change of perspective but is missing the abstract hallucinatory prose of his best work because of the chosen narrative device to tell the story first person through journal entries.

  13. Rites of Passage is Book One of a trilogy that was made into a BBC serial called To The Ends of The Earth, and it won the Booker in 1980 It s a comi tragic sea journey and a coming of age tale about Mr William Talbot, a young aristocrat on his way to Australia to take up a government position procured for him by his wealthy godfather.En route, this rather naive, pompous and yet good hearted young man learns a lot about the world and himself As in Lord of the Flies, an isolated community tests th [...]

  14. With lack of sleep and too much understanding 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.Last line from Rites of Passage by William Golding After the excellence of Lord of the Flies, I was expecting of the same from Golding Unfortunately, it was not to be Don t get me wrong, Golding writes with flair but the characters and plot just didn t engage me in the same way as Lord of the Flie [...]

  15. Golding is as usual I might even take a leap and say always astonishing, this time in a short piece of storytelling which somehow leaves us not knowing what to think while aware of exactly where the author wants us to be And boy, are we there.There is less of darkness and pessimism in the general feel of the book than in Lord of the Flies, which in a way gives it all the punch, but although this book is similar in message, this is not just a new way of saying what has already been said.I couldn [...]

  16. If you rate a novel on , you indicate how much you liked it and not how good you thought it was Rites of Passage is one of those novels that I think is good, but I can t exactly say I liked it very much The story simply didn t grip me, and I couldn t even keep some characters apart because so little was said about them I felt there was much in it than I got out of it so two stars because it was ok in terms of my enjoyment, but in a general way, it would deserve three, I think.

  17. I should have known, since this is William Golding, that it would be about bullying If I had realized what this book was going in, I might have given it a higher review However, I was led to believe that I had bought a rousing, swashbuckling sea novel and so, of course, was pretty disappointed That being said, for what it is, it s very well done, and is an especially good read in light of how much press bullying is getting Just wasn t what I was looking for.

  18. I found Lord of the flies a bit better and easier to read perhaps because the language employed in Rites of Passage is hardly the usage of modern English or is it because I am no sailor myself In any case, another remarkable book by Golding I ll retain the last reflections Men can die of shame Like all men at sea, who live too close to each other and too close thereby to all that is monstruous under the sun and moon.

  19. I haven t rated this as I didn t get too far before realising I wasn t willing to persevere with it So I can t say I ve read it either Mainly it was the style of writing that I found laborious Or perhaps I m just lazy and couldn t be bothered re reading sentence after sentence to follow its meaning Whatever

  20. I love the focus on relationships, friendships, religion, cabin fever and morals I found it brilliant that Golding introduced the moral debate about a man of religion having a drinking problem and that introducing some animosity However, not a lot happened in the novel and was quite slow burning A good premise and whilst it had its moments, overall, I found this quite disappointing.

  21. This is one worth perservering with Initially the olde English language put me off slightly but after a while it soon becomes familiar Ultimately it s a tragic story and tackles issues like bullying, lonliness, remorse, shame and living with the consequences of ones actions or, in some cases, inactions.

  22. In this book a man dies of shame Few writers could make this credible But William Golding does Through the eyes of callow, supercilious snob Mr Talbot, we observe the passengers of an unnamed vessel, emigrating to Australia, and the humiliation that leads to the demise of the Reverend Colley Brilliant

  23. Vivid descriptions of the claustrophobic life on an early nineteenth century sailing ship coupled with a brilliant description of status, class and inhumanity All told in wonderful prose A great short novel, which feels much larger than its relatively small word count.

  24. For an Australian this book resonates even , since the story is about an immigrant ship to Australia.This book is just amazing Awesome.

  25. Difficult to understand the story from the start up once you get there Golding creates a wonderfully claustrophobic atmosphere of life below deck The first book in the trilogy I am hooked.

  26. Loved this book Going to start the second book in the trilogy next Somehow I had not been aware that Golding had won a Nobel.

  27. Not that great of book It dragged on from the first page Wordy and not good, boring English stuff Would not recommend it.

  28. Seeing this at the library, I figured that somebody who won a Nobel Prize like Golding should show up on my reading list often, given how unique and interesting Lord of the Flies is Especially considering that he won his Nobel Prize around the time of the publication of this book So I borrowed it Overall it was a good read Goldings writing flows exceptionally smoothly, which is an impressive feat given the style of language he is reincarnating from Britain s maritime past The story is of Edmund [...]

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