This is the 1980 Booker Prize winning novel by the eventual Nobel Prize laureate William Golding. Interestingly, he’s one of I think four laureates to win the prize, with the most recent winner Kazuo Ishiguro as well as Nadine Gordimer and VS Naipaul. He’s also known primarily for writing Lord of the Flies in the early 1950s, his first novel. I ended up mostly liking this one. It’s about a ship voyage from England to Australia, called the Antipodes here, in the early 19th century, narrated by a young nobleman going to accept an appointment as a colonial official. The […]
Bingo Square: Fahrenheit 451 Since I switched school districts (and states) between 9th and 10th grade, I ended up reading Lord of the Flies twice in high school English class. And I despised it both times. Despite that, I noticed at some point that it is a novel I refer to more than some novels I actually enjoyed in school so I had been meaning to do a reread for a while. After I chose it for the Fahrenheit 451 square, I realized it could also qualify for the Read Harder Challenge, thus saving me from my most hated high […]
William Golding has painted the most beautiful picture with words and the picture is more than just that. It is more than the superficial veneer of a story, it a revelation.