Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

by William Golding
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Rites of Passage by William Golding

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374526405
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 12/28/1980
Series: To the End of the Earth Series , #1
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 1,111,025
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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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Rites of Passage 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 23 days ago
puzzleman More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago