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Chute libre

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  719 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews

Sammy Mountjoy, artist, rises from poverty and obscurity to see his pictures hung in London's Tate Gallery. Swept into World War II, he is captured and confined to a prison cell in total darkness. He emerges from his cell like Lazarus from the tomb.

Mass Market Paperback, 331 pages
Published November 26th 1996 by Gallimard (first published 1959)
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Mark Lawrence
Nov 06, 2010 Mark Lawrence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favourite book. It isn't for the story - though that is very interesting - it isn't for the cleverness of the twist - though it is clever - it's because it represents a brief period of clarity when one of the great writers of our time really got to grips with the business of what being human is all about. Golding exercises a subtle genius here and just lays out truths for you. There aren't necessarily answers to accompany those truths, but he says what you know, in ways that you could ...more
Ahmed
Jun 08, 2014 Ahmed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
السقوط الحر ..... وليام غولدنغ(نوبل 1983)
من أعمق الأعمال الروائيه التى قرأتها فى حياتى وأكثرها احترافيه.
عمل أكاديمى ممتاز .
عمق إنسانى ملحوظ جدا ومحير.
من الأعمال التى من الممكن ان تجد صعوبه فى فهمها طول ما انت تقرأها ولكن العجيب انك ستجد نفسك تنهيها .
قد لا تجد متعه كبيره فىها ولكنك ستجد أثر عظيم على نفسك منها
اللغه عمليه (وأكاديميه) ومحدده
تفاصيل انسانيه بالغة الروعه والابداع
لطالما رأيت فى أعمال الجوائز (وخاصة نوبل) عمق وتعقيد فنى بديع
الأحداث مختلطه بصورة مذهله وتجدها فجأة بسيطه.
oguz kaan
Apr 28, 2017 oguz kaan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* Kitap boyunca meydana gelen değişim ve hikayenin planlanması kusursuz. Yine de bende eksik olan şey hikayeye giremememdi.

**Fazlaca dolu paragraflar ve Mountjoy karakterin hayat, kader, aşk, din vs gibi bir çok konuda ki fikirlerini karaktere nakış nakış işlemiş, zirvesinde bir yazarın, bir karakterin gelişimi okuyucuya nasıl yansıtılmalı ve hikaye anlatımının önemi üzerinde verilmiş uzman sınıfı dersi gibi bir kitap bu.
Mohsen Rajabi
Feb 10, 2016 Mohsen Rajabi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
از ابتدا تا انتهای کتاب، راوی میخواهد بداند چه زمانی آزادی عمل خود را از دست داده و مسئول کارهایی که میکرده نبوده است و برای این کار زمان را زیرورو و وارسی میکند... صداقت راوی با خودش و ماجراها و آدمهای اطرافش فوقالعاده است و باید بگویم من این کتاب را که به نسبت کتاب سالار مگسها بسیار فردیتر بود، خیلی بیشتر دوست داشتم. ...more
Daniel
Jan 23, 2012 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wonder, at times, how much we fool ourselves when we look back on past actions and reflect upon their consequences. How objective can we be, given that we have to face ourselves and the memory of what we've done every day that we have left on this Earth? "How do you live with yourself?" That's a question from an outside perspective, a question that can't be anything but rhetorical; what else is one to do?

Here's a freaky question that I haven't delved into (more peeked at, the way Pandora might
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Momina Masood
Feb 21, 2015 Momina Masood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I am the sum of them. I carry round with me this load of memories. Man is not an instantaneous creature, nothing but a physical body and the reaction of the moment. He is an incredible bundle of miscellaneous memories and feelings, of fossils and coral growths. I am not a man who was a boy looking at a tree. I am a man who remembers being a boy looking at a tree."


I can't help but feel that the writer who penned the celebrated Lord of the Flies is very underrated, and not appreciated as much a
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Munema
Feb 25, 2014 Munema rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favourites
I loved this book so much that I'm struggling to verbalize my thoughts. Everything about it was amazing. That's an insufficient adjective. "Enchanting" is more suitable.

I had never reading William Golding before. I really only bought this book because it was for $1 and the cover was cool (my cover shows a mangled man free-falling into a city). Then, in anticipation of a God-awful six hour bus ride, I decided to check it out.

Holyyyy... it blew me away.

The writing is amazing. It's a stream-of-cons
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Judy

I finished this book three weeks ago. I kept no notes as I read it and was enduring various major family and physical issues at the time. All I remember is that it moved me, it spoke to me. It was his most accessible book so far (I am reading Golding's books in the order that he wrote them.)

A man who was born in poverty to a mother supporting herself by prostitution, who found himself an orphan at five years old or so, who became a successful painter, looks back over his life. He wants to discov
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Kevin
Nov 10, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More accessible than the Inheritors, not nearly as bleak as Pincher Martin, Free Fall begins to show the fruits of William Golding's experimentation after The Lord of the Flies, a labor that will eventually win him the notice and recognition of the Nobel Committee.

In this novel, the narrator ponders when he lost his "free-will", essentially: at what point in his life did he make a leap such that he is stuck in "free fall" unable to choose the course of his fate? The narrator is young, or rathe
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Elnaz
Mar 16, 2014 Elnaz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
این کتاب به تمام و کمال نشون میده که هر لحظه از زندگی وقتی به عقب برگردیم و رفتارهامون رو مرور بکنیم حتمن در یک برهه از زمان میبینیم که چقدر احمقانه رفتار کردیم...در حالیکه دقیقن در اون نقطه از زمان تشورمون از خود بیرونیمون و درونیمون منطقی ترین و انسانی ترین فرد بوده

داستان نقاشی که در پسترین و فقیرترین بخش جامعه شخصیتش شکل میگیره... به واسطه استعدادش در نقاشی میتونه وارد جمع های مختلفی بشه...اما درک واضحی از محیط پیرامونش نداره
اتفاقات و جریان ها باید اونطور شکل بگیرن که اون خواسته
ادمهایی که بعد
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Frances Margaret
Apr 05, 2015 Frances Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's difficult for me to completely size up a book when the intent of the writer is unknown. I've only read one other book from Mr. Golding (Lord of the Flies, of course) and that was written in an entirely different style from Free Fall, so I couldn't help but be SLIGHTLY suspicious of some pretentious play going on here. Regardless, I am grateful for having a book like this in my collection. For one, it had one of the best opening paragraphs I've ever read. Another is that you end up a differe ...more
Lindsey
Dec 20, 2011 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
To be honest I only picked up this book from the give and take pile because of Lord of the Flies, held onto it for about a year and a half, and then decided to "give it a chance" by reading the first chapter before returning it to the pile. Unfortunately I was hooked by the end of that chapter and knew that I needed to read to the end. This book is a look at the raw forces that drive humanity and is humorous and dark and quite revealing- something I have come to expect from William Golding after ...more
Mi Na
May 07, 2016 Mi Na rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خیلی از تجربه چنین فضاهایی لذت میبرم.وقتی سرنخ یک "هیچ چی" رو میچسبی و پیش میری و اطلاعات اصلا بصورت نرمال در اختیارت نیست اما باز هم پی میگیری تمام واگویه ها و ذهنیات نویسنده رو و درنهایت در فضایی بین سطرهای کتاب و برداشتهای شخصی مجموعه ای شکل میگیره که قابل بیان نیست اما بشدت قابل فهمِ
از کتاب:
شمع زیرجامی شیشه ای میسوخت. آب بلند شد و فضایی را که زمانی اکسیژن اشغالش میکرد،پر کرد. شمع خاموش شد، اما پیش از آن، جهانی را روشن کرد، جهانی چنان شکیل و لبریز از خرد و فرزانگی که اشک از چشم آدم سرازیر میک
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Michael sinkofcabbages
Strange but i think that a lot of american kids grow up having to read lord of the flies for school. After that it seems we never really think about him again unless its for a class or something. But recently (i dont remember why) i started looking towards this author again. Id have to say this book is in my opinion even better than Lord of the Flies. It wasnt anything that i was thinking it would be. The language he uses is nothing like L O T F.
I highly recommend it.
Slightly similar fate as Ge
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Hollis
Jul 02, 2009 Hollis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
I was disappointed by this. It was good but I think it just lacked that unforgettable quality I have found in everything else I have read by Golding so far.
E&cdad
Nov 03, 2008 E&cdad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An elegant exploration of the nature of human freedom.
Tom Schulte
Apr 22, 2015 Tom Schulte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The stunning opening to this hallucinogenic novel of remembrance and tragedy gripped me; a true triumph of language and prose poetry:

"I have walked by stalls in the market-place where books, dog-eared and faded from their purple, have burst with a white hosanna. I have seen people crowned with a double crown, holding in either hand the crook and flail, the power and the glory. I have understood how the scar becomes a star, I have felt the flake of fire fall, miraculous and pentecostal. My yeste
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Anna Zenchenkova
Довольно интересное совпадение: это еще одна книга из мною прочтенных про свободу выбора, про волю и, в общем-то, про свободу в целом: физическую, духовную, ментальную. И эта тема меня стойко захватывает - не знаю даже, из-за самих авторов ли это или сама тема настолько интересная, что омрачить ее плохим повествованием невозможно. Склоняюсь, конечно, к первому и с уверенностью могу сказать: Голдинг входит в ту немногочисленную категорию писателей, которые увлекают вас в свой мир с первой же стра ...more
maulfield
Az első olvasás élményét befolyásolta, hogy az én kiadásom fülszövegén szerepel az, ameddig a történet jut… pedig azt hittem ott kezdődik.

Előző olvasmányomhoz hasonlóan itt is objektív értékek ütköznek szubjektív nem tetszéssel. Gyakran volt olvasás közben az érzésem, hogy ez a fajta prózába írt költészet az, amiből irodalomtanszékeken hegyekben állhatnak az elemzések. Életszerűen, objektíven tekint vissza a főszereplő saját életére, a fogalmazás pedig nagyon jól átadja milyen is az amikor az em
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Richard
Jul 21, 2016 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Golding's fourth novel is a demanding book, in more than one sense of the word. It's not always an easy read. From the stunning opening paragraph, the first few pages are both a dazzling promise of what is to come - an exploration of the yesterdays that keep step with and peer over the shoulder of a narrator who has "understood how the scar becomes a star" but who is also "torn by the irrational and incoherent, violently searching and self-condemned" - and a challenge that the reader must read t ...more
Scott Cox
"When did I lose my freedom? For once I was free. I had the power to chose . . . Freewill cannot be debated but only experienced, like a colour or the taste of potatoes" (p.5). Protagonist Samuel Mountjoy questions seminal events in his life which led to his questionable loss of freedom. Was it growing up fatherless in the poverty of "Rotten Row" housing projects? Was it during early schooling with childhood friends and escapades? Or perhaps it was when he was adopted by the troubled Father Watt ...more
Peter
Sep 23, 2011 Peter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

One long monologue.
An exercise in self examination from inside 1950's post World War intellectual disillusionment, first formative steps into post-modernism you might even venture to say. It's typical William Golding and probably a little autobiographical but that's mere conjecture. It is insightful fiction; tragic, honest, occasionally amusing, often dark and brooding, attempting to thread a course between the horns of the dilemma; the cleft laid in our philosophy from Plato through gnosticism
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Venky
A metaphysical work of magnificent proportions, William Golding once described "Free Fall" as a 'confession' of sorts. Samuel Mountjoy is raised fatherless in the abject slums of Rotten Row. Upon the demise of his mother, he finds a benefactor in Father Watt-Watts who takes the orphan under his custody and arranges for the appropriate schooling.

Influenced by the prurient teachings by the religious Ms.Rowena Pringle and a man of atheistic bent Mr.Nick Shales, Samuel Mountjoy leads a life racked b
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Matt Escott
Aug 02, 2013 Matt Escott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I have a feeling I will come to like this book the more I have a chance to reflect on it. It's a very interesting description of one man's quest to discover his "fall" from grace. Golding is not an easy writer to read; he can be very ambiguous, and approaches what he is saying from the side, almost always circling around to the point he is making. He makes the reader work for understanding (somewhat like his characters, I suppose), and to delay the gratification of truly understanding what is go ...more
Sarah
Jul 08, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I've been swithering about whether I should award this book three or four stars. I've opted for the larger award, as it is a rare candidate for a re-read.

It took me a long time to get into this book, and didn't sit well with reading in small snatches. For a while, I couldn't see where it was going, but I've experienced this before with Golding's novels and know that the reader is rewarded if he/she sticks it out, and so I was.

What made this novel more enjoyable than a simple fictional biograph
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Elise Hamilton
The only William Golding book I'd read prior to this was the one we've all probably read: Lord of the Flies, one of my all-time favorite books. Free Fall was like reading a Psych ward patient's stream of conscious, constant inner dialog. There was a story there somewhere, but not one I enjoyed very much. The protagonist takes us on his inner journey to discover the point at which he lost his innocence and freedom of choice. He's wracked with guilt and is convinced that somewhere in his past is t ...more
Sukumar Honkote
Jan 05, 2012 Sukumar Honkote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-recommend
This is a great book written by a brilliant author. The first few pages are the finest I have ever read. This book explores the existential nature of the protagonist in terms of 'free' choices that he made. The reason I can't give this book 5 stars is that the language of the book is quite metaphorical and abstruse. While I enjoyed the writing, I found it difficult to be taken into the flow of the story. Some parts of the story seem to be over analyzed while some parts were underplayed. The usag ...more
Lester
Jul 30, 2011 Lester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most people know about Lord of the Flies, which unfortunately eclipsed Goldings other works. This reminded me of Sartre's nausea. Written in the first person, the first few pages take some getting used to, but then the language flows along. It is fantastic, and I after reading this, my fourth Golding, I am even more of a fan than ever.



The story of a man trying to discover why he is who he is, and taking us on that journey, is both philosophical and sad. We can feel what he feels, whilst still s
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Gary Turner
Aug 11, 2014 Gary Turner rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think as i sit here, not really sure where i am, i am left with a feeling i received from my grandmother when i was a very young child. One in which only a child, living in a small village, with parents of humble beginning, can experience. Truly not sure if what i feel is real or not, not sure if i should even be having these feelings, not sure if they come from me or from my involvement with my cousins and siblings. As i remember one person saying many, many light years ago, ' i think the con ...more
Tiago
Jan 18, 2014 Tiago rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It provides a life retrospective about the main character sense of freedom, and the most important moments of life: childhood, adoption, first love, first affair, friends, the party, being locked in jail during war, and then, after many years, trying to meet some of those important people... to regain his freedom.
Not very easy to read, some chapters context is only understood after reading some paragraphs, some parts are hard to interpret. On the positive side: It's not a cliché story, and some
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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.

In 2008, The Times ranked Golding third on their list of
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