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The Pyramid

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  697 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Oliver is eighteen and wants to enjoy himself before going to university. But this is the 1920s and he lives in Stilbourne, a small English country town where everyone knows what everyone else is getting up to, and where love, lust and rebellion are closely followed by revenge and embarrassment.
Paperback, 217 pages
Published July 22nd 1997 by Faber Faber (first published January 1st 1967)
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Tom Parnell
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 e
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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 olu
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Alan
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
RACA
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"İnsan on sekizinde acıya dayanacak kadar güçlüdür; savunma sistemlerini de geliştirmemiştir henüz."
Tharwat
Nov 06, 2016 rated it liked it
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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
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Viktor Davion
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 s
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Allie Riley
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
D. E.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A young man born and raised in a small English town among the jealousy and hidden minds of small minded people., The young man attempts to lift himself from his every day denial that the town is slowly dying due to lack of attention.This is an excellent read for the genre.....DEHS
Maria Carmo
Nov 05, 2011 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 Hum
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Smiley
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mohamed Karaly
يتتبع أوليفر الطابع البائس لبلدته التى يستعد ليتركها للدراسة بأكسفورد وتغيير حياته، وعند مفترق الطرق تتبين له أشياء مقززة بخصوص بؤس الناس العادية والغلبانة فى بلدته، وبؤسه هو بخصوص وضعه الطبقى وأحلامه الساذجة بخصوص الموسيقى والحب والتى تحطمت تماما
أسلوب جميل، هامس ومتمكن من تفاصيل ملهمة يقترب من أسلوب همنجواى، حيث يتناول بؤس أناس يتشبثون بوقار الصمت وهم يعكفون على عادات كتنظيف وتدخين غليون، من أجل التعتيم على أحلام ساذجة وكبت مؤلم بداخلهم
Jennifer John
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great coming of age tale, not least because in typical Golding style all the faults of the 'hero' are displayed in a brutal way.
ნინო ქერდიყოშვილი
'Still, HEAVEN IS MUSIC,isn't it ,Kummer?'
გოლდინგისეული სელენჯერი?:დ დღენი უილიამის სიჭაბუკისანი...^
Ian
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure what to make of Golding. Here’s a writer who’s chiefly known for his debut novel, but went on to write a further fourteen or so books, all of which are generally highly-regarded but nowhere near as popular or well-known as his first novel, Lord of the Flies. Which, to be honest, I read at school, as probably did many UK schoolchildren. But I stumbled across three of his books in a charity shop a couple of years ago and decided to give him a go. And I was extremely impressed by the f ...more
Pauline
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I chose this for the category "allegory" on a reading challenge, and I didn't find much that appealed to me on lists of allegories that I hadn't already read. I saw this in the college library next to a book that discussed allegory in Golding's writing, including this book. While reading it, however, I had no idea what elements I was to see as allegorical, or what what. It was easy reading, but hard to figure out what the point of it was.
Having read reviews and discussions of the book afte
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Tina
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
A book club choice and not at all what I had expected. This member usually chooses really long thick books such as the Goldfinch, Nevil Shute, Dickens .... all very worthy but hard work to get through. So this was initially a pleasant surprise with its humour as I had expected something similar to Lord of the Flies. It seems to be 3 separate stories around the main narrator and of course came across as quite old-fashioned as it was written in the early 1960's. After a few chapters though it beca ...more
Jeremy Hung
... "I might have known that as long as I was connected with [my hometown] in any way, we should all continue, even at a distance, to exercise some kind of gravitational influence over each other."
Halimah
Jan 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Rubbish book
Emma Ennis
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book. Sad, funny, moving, harrowing, wistful. Another side to William Golding, and a side equally insightful and talented.
Rachel
3.5 stars. Review to follow...
Jonathan Appleby
Jan 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
okay. nice writing and thoughts but ZERO plot. I really never got into this book. Have not given up on the author though,
Peter Fullilove
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An extra star for being set in Trollope's Barsetshire snort
Paul Westwood
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
This book by William Golding is a series of three novellas narrated by a boy called Oliver and is set in an English provincial market town. This is a coming of age story, with each novella focusing on a different period of his life.
To begin with I thought the tone was a bit twee but I think that's more a reflection on Oliver's narrative voice, which is that of a middle-class boy in middle England, than on the content of each of the stories. The stories broach some very adult topics in a manner
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Col
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler review:

Even moreso than The Spire, this looks like a more conventional novel than Golding's early work. I was initially a little disappointed, but I ended up enjoying it. Rather than a continuous story, The Pyramid is three episodes in the life of Oliver, living in the early 20th century in a smallish town in England, Stilbourne. The first (and longest) covers his tumultuous first sex experiences with a local girl named Evie, the second is a short comic interlude where Oliver
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Chris
Nov 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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 i
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Gizem
Jan 14, 2016 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
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
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 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
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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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Sir William Gerald Golding was a British novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his 1954 novel Lord of the Flies. Golding spent two years in Oxford focusing on sciences; however, he changed his educational emphasis to English literature, especially Anglo-Saxon.

During World War II, he was part of the Royal Navy which he left five years later. His bellic experience strongly influenced h
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“I had never met the Roman Catholuc Church outside of a history book. To come across it living, so to speak, was like finding a diplodocus.” 11 likes
“I stood, in shame and confusion, seeing for the first time despite my anger a different picture of Evie in her life-long struggle to be clean and sweet. It was as if this object of frustration and desire had suddenly acquired the attributes of a person rather than a thing...” 4 likes
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