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Book Title: Fire Down Below|
The author of the book: William Golding
ISBN 13: 9780571191468
Edition: Faber & Faber
Date of issue: August 1st 2000
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.13 MB
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The third volume of 'To the Ends of the Earth' which should actually all be read as a single long book. This is the book in which Edmund Talbot's long voyage to Australia finally reaches its culmination. While the first volume served primarily as an introduction and a way to establish Talbot's initial character, the second volume presented him with several episodes which challenged his preconceptions of both himself and the world. This final volume gives Talbot the opportunity to take what he has learned and act on it, effecting real change within himself. It is, quite literally, a journey of self-discovery. Golding's genius lies in letting it all play out before our eyes, in what amounts to practically real time, with absolutely no editorial comment. The reader is left to herself to determine the meaning of Talbot's journey, both for himself and for the reader.
I actually read all three volumes as a single book, but have reviewed them separately here for the purposes of my 100 book challenge for the year. I would NOT recommend treating these as separate volumes. They truly do not stand alone but together form a complex, interesting, and yes, rather long, whole. If you enjoy books about warships, sailing ships (Patrick O'Brien's "Master and Commander" series, for example), or 19th century British society, you may well find this worth your while.
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Read information about the authorSir 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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