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A Moving Target is a collection of essays and lectures written by William Golding. It was first published in 1982 by Faber and Faber but subsequent reprints included Golding's Nobel Prize lecture which he gave after being awarded the honour in 1983.

The book is divided into the two sections of "Places" and "Ideas".
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Christian Schwoerke
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it
This collection was originally published in 1982, but after he received his Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983, Golding had his Stockholm speech appended to the volume for a re-publication in 1983.

I started with the Nobel acceptance speech, the last essay/speech in the volume, which is composed of lectures re-worked and odd bits of writing he'd done for travel magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. The final essay, the Nobel speech, is a gem, and I was pleased to re-read it when I had tra
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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First off, there are two versions of this book, a 1982 version without Golding's Nobel prize lecture, and later ones with.

This collection is about half "place" pieces which are which are partly but not entirely about travel, and "idea" pieces, which are a mix of book reviews and lectures (though one of the place pieces is also a book review). The travel pieces are much lighter than most of Golding's writing, mostly focussing on the impressions and sensations of some place. They're often surpris
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Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read these essays and articles to get a better understanding of the man behind "Lord of the Flies." The titular piece is enlightening and gives the reader a different perspective with which to view Golding's most lauded work. ...more
Wonderful, nourishing, warming and inspiring, intelligent yet grounded, innovative and eloquent, mindful while earthly, this collection of essays varies wildly in subject but rarely in quality. A few drier pages, some repetition and a couple of other minor imperfections keep me from awarding 5 stars, but I do not mean that as such a detraction of merit as it comes across. I wish I could rate 4.5 stars, or even in smaller increments - for there truly is only the faintest discolouring at play here ...more
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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 his fut

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