English novelist Wilfred Barclay, who has known fame, success, and fortune, is in crisis. He faces a drinking problem slipping over the borderline into alcoholism, a dead marriage, and the incurable itch of middle age lust. But the final, unbearable irritation is American Professor of English Literature Rick L. Tucker, who is implacable in his determinition to become The B...more
Although at times the story dragged with Wilf's narration and introspection (and occasional vague descriptions that required rereading a paragraph), and although during the last two chapters I simply wanted the book to conclude already, the final line made me legitimately LOL — I could not suppress laughing at the simple brilliance of how William Golding concluded the destructive spiral between Wilf Barclay and Rick Tucker.
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The characters were strong, and understandably so – as the narrator is the writer. Golding always develops people definitively through their prospective vices. I enjoyed the duality of the main c. and his (possibly autobiographical) social spite. As well, the plot was original and intriguing.
There are, however, serious problems with continuity, character mo ...more
It's a bit breezy and I got the feeling Golding owed his publishers a book and wrote this one. That isn't to say it's bad - it is actually humorous at times and well constructed but uninspired. One major thing that got to me was that Wilf should have had more respect for Rick. I realize Rick's a critic, and writers are incapable of admitting respect for critics in print, but it's no ...more
По смыслу и содержанию - эта книга про ненависть и нетерпимость, про то, как люди используют других людей, предают себя (бегут от себя), от любви и близких. Несмотря на обилие черного юмора - тяжелая книга, грустная и страшная. Написанная Мастером...
Was a very slow read, and annoying at times because of the pace. Perhaps it was meant to be to: to convey in more than words the mood of the narrator. I liked Golding's writing style. And the way he finished the book was a class act.
A surprisingly good read after a bleak start for me. Horrendous characters but portrayed unflinchingly. Exposure to the mess and grottiness of society and human interactions. Took me a while to get through but worth it in the end.
In 2008, The Times ranked Golding ...more