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Chute libre

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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
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
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.
Daniel
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...more
Munema
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...more
Elnaz
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...more
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...more
Lindsey
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
Sukumar Honkote
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
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...more
E&cdad
An elegant exploration of the nature of human freedom.
Peter

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...more
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
Matt Escott
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
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...more
Mahmood666
از نظر من کتاب یه شاهکار مدرنیستی و بهترین اثر گلدینگ بود ولی اگه بخوام با توجه به ترجمه سهیل سمی نمره بدم مطمینا یک ستاره هم نمیگیره.کلا سمی همیشه بهترین کتابهای دنیا و کتابایی مشکل که هیچ کس جرات ترجمشون رو نداره ترجمه میکنه و نتیجه یه شیر بی دم و یال و اشکم از اب در میاد.ولی کتاب عالی بود
Ruth Hawe
Free Fall was a major influence upon me as a child, and I love the stream of consciousness style. I like to write spontaneously and intuitively myself, and think that the fresh rawness comes across. Polish and reworking is not in me, even down to leaving in typos as I don't want to go back in a different state of consciousness and mess with the muse ;)
Lester
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...more
Utkarsh
This book is relate-able on so many personal levels. For me, Golding captures the essence of the human.
Sedgi
أنا في أعماقي كلب مثير للضجر، و من شأني أن أكون طيباً لا ذكياً
Gary Turner
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
Simon
An excellent book concerned with freedom vs predestination and the contention between rationalism and superstition. Mountjoy is a successful painter looking back over his life and trying to determine when, or whether, he ever had free will, or whether he was fated always to do what he has done. A thoughtful book that I have thoroughly enjoyed.
Ira
It took a while to enter this account of a man's interior and monological journey through his own life, but, once in, it was engrossing. Golding has the ability to draw you in the protagonist's interiority at the level of perception and the senses, so that empathy is more than a rational choice for the reader: the reader has no choice but to empathize. Golding's is one of the most powerful styles of writing inwardness and one of the few that works so well.
سامية عياش
تبدو ترجمة هذه الرواية صعبة إلى حد ما، إنك تشعر طوال الوقت وكأنها ليست لغة عربية! لا أدري أين تكمل المشكلة تحديدا، لكن القفزات الهائلة بين الفكرة والفكرة، الفقزات بين الشخوص، والأحداث، الأمور المختلطة المتراكمة دون فهم، تجعلني أترك هذا الكتاب لوقت آخر، ربما أعود إليه لاحقا، حين أملك صبرا أكبر على قراءة ترجمة كهذه!
Matt
Great book that explored how the main character realizes why he makes the decisions he now makes based on early childhood experiences. Great lines that are worth writing down for future use in life. Sometimes the structure was hard to follow but definitely worth it
Kimberly
Not my favourite Golding novel, but still a good one. About one man's search for the time when he lost his freedom, covering his childhood, his period as a young adult, and finally realizing he has lost it while in a POW camp in Germany.
Kevin Fanning
Read this in college but don't remember a thing about it. I guess I must have liked it enough at the time, because I went on to read Pincher Martin and The Spire, both of which I liked, and still remember details of.
Anna
I read this book for a philosophy class that examined issues of free will and determinism. I now remember virtually nothing about this book except that there was something about “the taste of a potato” in it.
Jillian
A man dissects his life in snatches, looking for turning points. I can't say it's a satisfying read as a whole, but there are plenty of moments of psychological and poetic brilliance.
Sarah Koz
Okay, I get it, Catcher in the Rye is great, yes sure, but why in the good goddamn isn't this book being taught in classrooms?

Free Fall will burn you alive.
Hollis
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.
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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 by the Queen of England in 1988.

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