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The Pyramid

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Oliver is 18, and wants to enjoy himself before he goes to university. But this is the 1920s, and he lives in a small country town, where everyone knows what everyone else is up to, and where love and lust are closely followed by revenge.
Paperback, 217 pages
Published 2010 by Faber & Faber (first published January 1st 1967)
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Rıdvan
Şimdi aslında ben böyle romanları sevmem. Bir çocuk var, ergen. Lise sonda okuyor. Doğal olarak kız peşinde. Şimdi buraya kadar bile biri bana söylemiş olsa, bu kitabı okumazdım. Bunu yazanında Tuna Kiremitçi falan olduğunu düşünürdüm. En azından aklıma William Golding hiç gelmezdi.
Ama işte millet yazdığında berbat bir kitap haline dönüşen bu liseli ergen genç hikayesi, Golding'in elinde çok güzel bir kitaba dönüşmüş. Usta ellerde bir şahesere dönüşmemiş olsa bile çokta güzel bir kitap oluvermiş
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Tom Parnell
Aug 18, 2011 Tom Parnell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Unsentimentalists
'I did not deceive myself into believing that I was good looking, but I had heard that girls were relatively indifferent to that. I hoped they were; for as I inspected my face in the mirror, I came to the regretful conclusion that it was not the sort of face I should fall in love with myself. There was nothing fragile about it. I tried smiling winningly at myself, but the result made me grimace with disgust.'

I didn't expect this book to make me cry. So much of it is written with an exceptionally
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Tharwat
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الحمد لله رب كل شيء، {إِنَّمَا أَشْكُو بَثِّي وَحُزْنِي إِلَى اللَّهِ وَأَعْلَمُ مِنَ اللَّهِ مَا لَا تَعْلَمُونَ} [يوسف: 86]، كنت في حالٍ سيئة، أركب الأيام علني أصل قبل المغيب، في الظلام لن أرى شيئًا، قال أبو العلاء: "ألا إنما الأيّامُ أبْناءُ واحِد = وهَذي الليالي كلّها أخَوات، فلا تَطْلُبَنْ مِن عندِ يوْم وليْلَة = خِلافَ الذي مَرّتْ به السّنَواتُ"، كنت قد قرأت منذ فترة ليست بالبعيدة قصة "آلهة الذباب" لوليام جولدنج، وأنهيت منذ أيام رواية "الهرم" لنفس الكاتب، والكاتب بريطاني حاز على جائزة
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Alan
Dec 09, 2016 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
1992 notebook: Disappointing. Middle class amateur dramatics in a small town. I did like Evie, but Golding is so sexist he almost makes her a stereotype beyond redemption but she's still more interesting than the main character and everybody else put together. A town crier, the major in a bathchair, a lipstick marked doctor. Dull.
Viktor Davion
May 29, 2011 Viktor Davion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I was really amazed while reading this book. Essentially it reminded me "The Catcher in the Rye" but like other Golding's novels this one is rather downbeat. Not so dark as "Lord of the Flies", but any way - downbeat.
The strange thing is that almost all heroes have a kind of mental sickness (e.g. main hero's mother likes to watch life of others and, in fact, torture the life of her husband and son). The whole society of Stillborn is sick with social prejudices and was broken into several social
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ნინო ქერდიყოშვილი
'Still, HEAVEN IS MUSIC,isn't it ,Kummer?'
გოლდინგისეული სელენჯერი?:დ დღენი უილიამის სიჭაბუკისანი...^
umberto
Jul 19, 2013 umberto rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, england
I hope this might be a fine book for those in their teens or those passing their once teen-age years. This novel was not interesting to me but I found reading it curiously and interestingly hilarious since the eighteen-year-old protagonist, Oliver, is the first person who narrates the two key episodes in the 1920s in Stilbourne in England. Claimed to be "William Golding's funniest and most light-hearted novel, probing the painful awkwardness of the late teens, the tragedy and farce of life in a ...more
Allie Riley
Feb 20, 2013 Allie Riley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very clever, well written and amusing novel. Not sure I liked Oliver terribly much but the book kept me engaged and it was a swift read.
البارون حسن  عدس
وليم جودلنج بيعمل تشريح للنفس البشرية من غير ميشرحهم عن طريق استخدامة المتقن ل ردود افعال ابطالة دا غير انه وصل لحقيقة ان الابطال ولاد كلب اوساخ مستخبين وراء حقيقة انهم ملائكة
Peter Fullilove
Feb 05, 2017 Peter Fullilove rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An extra star for being set in Trollope's Barsetshire snort
Maria Carmo
Nov 05, 2011 Maria Carmo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
(Portuguese review further down).

What an interesting book! I did not know exactly what to expect but I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. It is very interesting the way in which the Author describes to us a "pyramidal" society in which people have hardly the space to be happy. There is in the young boy a certain "innocence" that includes a lot of ego centrism and selfishness - but one gets the notion that this happens much more out of inexperience and ignorance about the depths of Human Nature...
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Chris
Nov 18, 2012 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is almost like three short stories, each concerning the same central character, Olly.
The book begins with an excellent opening in which Olly’s dreamed about neighbour, Evie, whom he has never spoken to, calls at his house late one night to ask for help. This leads to a story of intrigue and love between the two which is fine work and immediately had me buying more books by Golding.
About half way through, we meet the Olly who has come back from university, only to get roped into amateur
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Gizem
Jan 14, 2016 Gizem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitap bir genc cocugun cocukluk ergenlik ve olgunluk donemini sirasiyla olmasada ayri bolumlerde her bir bolumu ayri bir konuyu ele alarak antalmasindan olusuyor.
Kitap sadece hikayeleri degil o caglarda ki ingiltere de ki toplumsal siniflandirmayi ve ayrimi da gozler onune sunuyor. Ozellikle ilk ve ikinci bolumde ki tiyatro konusunda bu cok net gorulmektedir.
Oliver adli cocugun 18 yaslarini anlatmasiyla baslayan kitap ilk askini ve kacamaklarini konu alirken ikinci bolum universiteye gttikten
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Schuyler
This book, as small as it is, took me a long time to read. At points (especially in the second of the three interlocking 'novellas') the story was too slow and the narrative was not particularly engaging. I almost put it down multiple times. However, there were moments, every once in a while, that were beautiful. Moments that perfectly captured a feeling, a tiny perfectly realized slice of an event. These moments were enough to convince me that if I were to put it down, I would probably miss som ...more
Lukerik
Jan 11, 2016 Lukerik rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If it weren't for his name on the cover I never would have known this was by Golding. Ropey dialogue and characterisation, especially in the first novella. It wouldn't have mattered so much, but this was fully half the book. The narration was beautifully written throughout with a clever and subtlesubtle use of rhythm. It's emotionally cold and distant in the first half. Admirably done, but in a book that depends on emotional engagement in matters of the heart I found it an astonishing artistic c ...more
Caroline
I expected to like this more than I did. It did encapsulate the self-absorption of youth and the accompanying disgust of others that only sometimes mellows with age. The first section was very uncomfortable reading: the protagonist pursues a girl who is sexually available to someone else, therefore by his reasoning she must be sexually available to anyone else who asks (or doesn't ask but just tries to take). He does not behave well and I couldn't sympathize with him much after that. There were ...more
Kevin Darbyshire
Had a totally different view of William Gilding as I did Lord of the Flies at school for GCSE and didn't really enjoy it. Thoroughly enjoyed this story and really sad to come to the end. I felt the style was very much in the manner of Evelyn Waugh who I love. Really hysterically funny in sections ( The theatre
Production ) but incredibly sad at the conclusion (Bounce) Wonderful characters and their stories but also the story of the main protagonist coming to terms with life. Feel that this book
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Steve
Oct 03, 2012 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mid 2. The opening third of the novel is a glorious coming of age story delivered in the most wondrous of prose. However,Golding chooses to uproot and transport the reader to the return of his now mature protagonist to his hometown. Unaccountably he does so whilst cutting all narrative threads to Evie, the most colourful character to consume Oliver's adolescence. Worse, the plot centres on a comedy of manners surrounding an amateur theatrical production, and clever use of dialogue aside, little ...more
Angela
Nov 04, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An acutely accurate presentation of life in a small town. The characters are so clearly and carefully drawn that I found myself immersed in their world from the very first page. I could not put the book down. There were things that made me smile and sometimes chuckle to myself but I was in no way prepared for the unexpected ending. An excellent read making the best use of beautiful English prose.
Aaron Ellis
Sep 20, 2014 Aaron Ellis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last sentence of Lively's introduction perfectly captures this book: '"The Pyramid" is a powerful piece of fiction into which Golding has packed comedy, tragedy and an extraordinary evocation of a lost way of life - mercifully lost, one may think.' I just finished it, and my confused, melancholic mind can't better that description.
Janet
Aug 02, 2013 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed with this one, having really loved Lord of the Flies and the Double Tongue. It came across as quite biographical and I felt quite uncomfortable about his relationship with Evie, with her character never really fully explored/explained.
Soykan Celik
Aug 27, 2015 Soykan Celik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-classics
Sir Golding'den okuduğum ikinci kitaptı. Tıpkı Sineklerin Tanrısı gibi sürükleyici ve sıkmayan bir anlatım var.Kitapta sınıf farklılıklarından ve çocukluktan yetişkinliğe geçiş sancısından bahsediliyor

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Sir William Gerald Golding was a British novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his 1954 novel Lord of the Flies. 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.

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