Rites of Passage

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Sailing to Australia in the early years of the nineteenth century, Edmund Talbot keeps a journal to amuse his godfather back in England. Full of wit and disdain, he records the mounting tensions on the ancient, sinking warship where officers, sailors, soldiers and emigrants jostle in the cramped spaces below decks.

Then a single passenger, the obsequious Reverend Colley, attracts the animosity of the sailors, and in the seclusion of the fo'castle something happens to bring him ...

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Overview

Sailing to Australia in the early years of the nineteenth century, Edmund Talbot keeps a journal to amuse his godfather back in England. Full of wit and disdain, he records the mounting tensions on the ancient, sinking warship where officers, sailors, soldiers and emigrants jostle in the cramped spaces below decks.

Then a single passenger, the obsequious Reverend Colley, attracts the animosity of the sailors, and in the seclusion of the fo'castle something happens to bring him into a "hell of degradation," where shame is a force deadlier than the sea itself.

Winner of the 1980 Booker Prize

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374526405
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 12/28/1980
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 525,312
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William Golding (1911–93) was born in Cornwall, England. His first novel, Lord of the Flies, was published in 1954 and became an international bestseller. In 1983, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

    Rather Good

    Maybe not a 4, but close.

    I was reminded of Captain Bligh when the captain was in the picture. And the narrator was also a dandy as was Mr. Christian. However, he was not as heroic in the end.

    The story was entertaining, often amusing, sometimes dark.

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