The Inheritors

The Inheritors

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by William Golding
     
 

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Eight Neanderthals encounter another race of beings like themselves, yet strangely different. This new race, Homo sapiens, fascinating in their skills and sophistication, terrifying in their cruelty, sense of guilt, and incipient corruption, spell doom for the more gentle folk whose world they will inherit. Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, won the 1983 Nobel

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Eight Neanderthals encounter another race of beings like themselves, yet strangely different. This new race, Homo sapiens, fascinating in their skills and sophistication, terrifying in their cruelty, sense of guilt, and incipient corruption, spell doom for the more gentle folk whose world they will inherit. Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, won the 1983 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156443791
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1963
Series:
Harvest Book Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
154,644
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)

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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The Inheritors 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
beckywo2015 More than 1 year ago
This book is very hard to read and very confusing. I bought it for my son's project at school.
Les_Livres More than 1 year ago
"...It seemed to end a little abruptly; I felt like I was just beginning to get to know the humans, and would have liked to know more about them, if not in further chapters, then perhaps in a sequel. Most people are probably only familiar with an earlier novel of Golding's, Lord of the Flies, since it seems to be a required reading staple in high schools across the country. I really enjoyed reading that one when I took senior English, and I'm not sure now why it took me so long to read something else of his. I definitely recommend this for something a little out of the ordinary on your reading list, especially since this is Golding's favorite of all his own work." For full review, please visit me at Les Livres on Blogger! jaimeliredeslivres dot blogspot dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why don't you try Lord of the Flies? Even though I'm only going into seventh grade, I still found it interesting. Most people care only about how the story goes, but as you get into it, you sort of sense the deeper meaning of these children. You see human savagery and their want for power. In my honest opinion, if a book is boring, you may just be reading it wrong.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A true deserving Nobel Prize winner, this is perhaps Sir Golding's most compact book, best written and easiest to read. Just this last action, is an authentic pleasure. Great mastership is achieved in softly portraying the somberest side of life, but it is the simple tragedy of living under harsh conditions what gives beauty to the tale of the noble homo neanderthalensis. A great feat of the literature of human darkness, as many wrongly say, when this is literature's shinest...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 13 and I read this book. At the begaining it is a little confusing, but after that it is pretty easy to under stand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this my freshman year of High school and proceed to get lost from the start. It is probably a very good book, but being I was only 14 reading it, I might not have fully comprehended it. So having that bad experience I never wanted to read it again
Guest More than 1 year ago
Written from the head-space of the central characters, this book is economical in a way that makes it a unique read. I was deeply moved by the story and richly rewarded by its subtle craftsmanship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Inheritors is a pretty interesting book, but the author tells the story in the eyes of the Neanderthals, so it is a bit difficult to comprehend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Inspired by the author's archeological dig in Iraq where he found remains of an ancient cripple who lived to a late age, this book must be read differently from any other book. Experience Golding!