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3.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  435 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Der britische Nobelpreisträger William Gerald Golding (1911-1993) beschreibt in diesem autobiographisch angelegten Roman die verhängnisvolle Symbiose zweier durch Haß und gegenseitige Abhängigkeit verketteter Intellektueller und den vergiftenden Einfluß des erfolgsorintierten bürgerlichen Literaturbetriebes auf die Beziehungen zwischen Autor und Kritiker ...
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published 1986 by Verlag Volk und Welt (first published 1984)
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James Barker
Feb 29, 2016 James Barker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, gb
This is the eighth book by William Golding I've read and probably my least favourite, so it's unfortunate that this is the first work by him that I have reviewed. None the less, this is not a bad book. In it, celebrated writer Wilfred Barclay (suspiciously similar to Golding himself, with all his complicated hang-ups), an alcoholic author past his best, is chased around the world by young, up-and-coming Professor of Literature, Rick Tucker. Tucker has spotted a gap in the academic market and wan ...more
Dec 21, 2007 Jillian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Beautifully crafted, with striking descriptions of alcoholism, paranoia, writing, and the farce that is life in general. I'm hunting down more Golding immediately.
Julie Barichello
This book is worth reading just to make it to the last line.

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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I adored Wilf. I’m not sure i was supposed to, but there we have it. He isn’t perfect, by any means, but he is unapologetically himself, and hurts almost no one but himself. Almost, except those closest to him (though whether he is close to them is debatable), and of course Rick L. Tucker. Wilf travels the world on no whim but his own, drinking, sleeping and writing. He makes no demands on people, letting the wind take him wherever it decides to blow. Rick L. Tucker, on the other hand, goes exac ...more
Nov 10, 2008 Jonathan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Writing review of books I hate is so much fun, I might have to do more of it (see my review of The Alchemist). I only made it through half of this book, and that was giving it more of a chance than it deserved. This guy is really a Nobel Laureate in literature? Really? This is one of his later works, and I know he wrote Lord of the Flies, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he was in decline at this point--although he did write a Booker Prize winning trilogy after this, apparent ...more
Imbyr Unfortunately
I didn't even finish this garbage. There are already too many books about old white men complaining about how their lives are empty. I'm sure the end resolves in him either having an epiphany or continuing to be a dick. Either way, I can't bring myself to give a shit about this sorry old piteous sod of a character.
Oct 04, 2014 Sead rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A turgid and completely inconsequential door-stop by an otherwise significant writer, blunt and devoid of aesthetic or intellectual quality and a waste of 4 hours which would have been more productively spent drinking a pint of bleach and dying a slow death while being orally molested by the two orange tinted, rabidly dancing old men wailing the garbage infested burlesque babble of the popular musical ditty 'hey Macarena'. Lest we should fear digression, this is a suspiciously self-apologetic mo ...more
May 13, 2009 Freder rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharp, hard and deeply mean-spirited.
Rob Carr
Dec 16, 2015 Rob Carr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I struggled to get into this book for a while as the life of a drunken older author is not something I particularly empathise with. However by the end I was finding myself reading on and on to find out what would happen next. One of the things I did find reading this is how much of the feelings expressed in this book actually come from Goldings own life. It is easy to see a lot of it as simply being exaggerations of events that have happened to him personally.
syster Alma
Oct 02, 2015 syster Alma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He has been to many places that have real value, he treated people that were exactly random in his life nicely and right, he had his soul at religious brekdown, he knew exactly that his personal time at bar is what he is supposed o do with himself. But the personality never went to the creative matter. And the tint of his celebrity life, that writing gave him, was kinda distracting.
Apr 03, 2014 Mickey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bleak, depressing, riotously funny, and full of savage truths about the writer's life. A stark and metaphorical look at alcoholism, fame, obsession, lust, and aging. A short novel, this one by Golding is most memorable for it's crusty voice spouting dark wisdom and an incredible final sentence.
Gregory Fullard
Jan 11, 2015 Gregory Fullard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book took ages to read. It is most emphatically NOT a page turner. Great last paragraph, but my goodness it was painful to finally get there. It reminds me of that line in Eurotrip: "I watched a gay porno once. The girls never came! The girls never came!"
Miss Marple
Oct 25, 2015 Miss Marple rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
لهذا السبب اكره قراءة الروايات المترجمه وافضل قراءاتها بلغتها الاصليه او بالانكليزيه ان صح التعبير.
هنا لا استطيع معرفه الخلل هل هو من الكاتب ام المترجم.
لم يعجبني الحوار ولا طريقه سرد القصه.
لم استطع اجبار نفسي على انهاء هذه القصه.
ملاحظه اسم الروايه باللغه العربيه : رجال من ورق
ترجمه: عبد الكريم ناصيف
Aaron Ellis
Sep 17, 2014 Aaron Ellis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like a Kingsley Amis novel, but with a theological bent, and a building sense of impending doom that reminded me of the final season of 'The Sopranos'. I would've given it five stars if Wilfred's breakdown had been just a little bit shorter.
Nov 01, 2011 Callie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read Lord of the Flies, or anything else by him...This book made me uncomfortable. He is certainly not easy on himself, I'm assuming the narrator is a very close version of him. He is not afraid to depict this man as unloving and unlovable. The ending is like no ending I've read before. Could be really cheesy in the hands of a lesser writer. Ultimately I am thinking he tossed this off to let off steam about something that was really happening in his own life. By that I mean, being p ...more
Rosalie Oliver
Okay, it's not that it's badly written I quite liked the language, it's just that the main character was so detestable that this was really hard to read. I persisted for the shock ending which was short and sharp but alas not really worth the pain of the journey to get there.
Jul 07, 2008 Frankie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british
I was surprised by how much I disliked this book, though Golding is one of my favorites. Granted, I've only read his earlier work till now...

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
Dec 21, 2011 Jacob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A writer writing about a selfish, cynical, unhappy, and loveless alcoholic writer? Who could imagine such a thing?

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
Очень странная книга... Стилистически - это, несомненно, шедевр. Идеально воспроизводится "поток сознания" писателя: а) стареющего; б) отравленного алкоголем; в) пережившего инсульт; г) переживающего распад собственной личности.

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...

Vincent A.
Sep 26, 2011 Vincent A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
William Golding's brilliant character study is an easy, enjoyable journey from beginning to end. The story follows its flawed hero, with a persistent sycophant in pursuit, as he travels - and perhaps flees - across Europe, dropping the baggage of his life along the way. "The Paper Men" is charming, comical and just a little dangerous. Mr. Golding offers more than one surprise to titillate the reader and set the stage for "The Paper Men's" unexpected ending.
Kari Ramadorai
Aug 17, 2011 Kari Ramadorai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly good for a book that started so very depressingly. The characters are all a little abhorrent, and I still wonder if there was indeed a grad student chasing William Golding around trying to be his memoir author. But overall it started getting interesting about half way through. The book stopped the navel gazing and started psychological drama. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a well turned phrase with some intrigue behind it.
Patrick Johns
Oct 29, 2015 Patrick Johns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like others, I loved the endin
Dec 17, 2010 Alexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I greatly enjoyed the scene between Rick L. Tucker and Wilf Barclay when the idea of the biography is first proposed and Wilf is revisiting all of his lowest moments. It is well written and compelling and made me wonder why we only ever read or hear about Lord of the Flies. By the end I didn't wonder so much, but at the start I was very impressed.
Aug 14, 2011 Bungz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
It is a story of a washed out, alcoholic author and his want-to-be biographer.

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.
Amy Bennett
Apr 24, 2012 Amy Bennett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Feb 19, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Though slow at points (at at under 200 pages, it was never slow for long), this novel had some delicious black humor. It was rather War of the Roses, and I could envision it played out like a movie.
Rachel Lindan
Sharp, wry and of a pleasingly gathering offbeat pace, I have a feeling I will appreciate this book much more as a reread when I'm considerably older. For now, 3.5 stars.
Jan 13, 2010 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not even finish this book! I hope it did not turn out to be great at the end because I could not get through half of it.
Mar 22, 2008 Aaron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting insight into the life of a writer. Too bad a bunch of self loathing came along for the ride.
Sep 26, 2010 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sad book in the end although humourous and insightful along the way. Thank goodness it's short.
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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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