Free Fall

Free Fall

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by William Golding
     
 

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"I was standing up, pressed back against the wall, trying not to breathe. I got there in the one movement my body made. My body had many hairs on legs and belly and chest and head, and each had its own life; each inherited a hundred thousand years of loathing and fear for things that scuttle or slide or crawl." from Free Fall

Sammy Mountjoy, artist, rises from

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"I was standing up, pressed back against the wall, trying not to breathe. I got there in the one movement my body made. My body had many hairs on legs and belly and chest and head, and each had its own life; each inherited a hundred thousand years of loathing and fear for things that scuttle or slide or crawl." from Free Fall

Sammy Mountjoy, artist, rises from poverty and an obscure birth to see his pictures hung in the Tate Gallery. Swept into World War II, he is taken as a prisoner-of-war, threatened with torture, then locked in a cell of total darkness to wait. He emerges from his cell like Lazarus from the tomb, seeing infinity in a grain of sand and eternity in an hour. Transfigured by his ordeal, he begins to realize what man can be and what he has gradually made of himself through his own choices. He determines to find the exact point at which the accumulated weight of those choices has deprived him of free will.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156028233
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
06/01/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
621,187
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 11.04(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author


Born in Cornwall, England, William Golding started writing at the age of seven. Though he studied natural sciences at Oxford to please his parents, he also studied English and published his first book, a collection of poems, before finishing college. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II, participating in the Normandy invasion. Golding's other novels include Lord of the Flies, The Inheritors, The Spire, Rites of Passage (Booker Prize), and The Double Tongue.

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Free Fall 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A tremendous and powerful book. If the unexamined life is not worth living, then the well examined life is worth sharing. William Golding lays bare the mid-life re-examination of his life by a sensitive and intelligent man, trying very hard to be honest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't think that this was one of the better books that I have read. From what I read on the back of the book, I was expecting a book about a war camp, and an artist struggle through the holocost. Instead I got a book that was about a young man who is retelling a some what boring childhood. It was very dissapointing.