The Society of Others: A Novel

The Society of Others: A Novel

by William Nicholson
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The Society of Others: A Novel by William Nicholson

Cool, clear-eyed, and bluntly cynical, the young narrator of The Society of Others embarks on a journey without a destination. He hitchhikes through Europe only to find himself in a mystifying country where terrorists are inexplicably after him, and so is a sinister government. In a surreal landscape where people are shot to death without reason and social control runs deep, he must learn who to trust–and what to stand for. Fast paced and provocative, a gripping philosophical thriller, The Society of Others is an ingenious meditation on the nature of contemporary innocence and identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400078219
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/03/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

William Nicholson is a highly sought-after Hollywood screenwriter whose work on Gladiator helped garnered the film an Oscar. He is also the bestselling and award-winning children’s author of The Wind Singer trilogy. He lives in East Sussex with his wife and their three children.

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Society of Others: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Do yourself a favor and don't pass this one up on audio; listen to it at least twice. Before you listen to it the second time, take a week or two to contemplate the story. Once you start to listen to it again, you will understand the meaning of every word and that every little detail has it's own meaning and purpose to the plot. It gave me alot to contemplate about life, relationships, faith, and love. This book is a treasure and it will be one that I will either listen to or re-read again and again. I really would like to see the publisher include a reader's guide in future printings as this book has both simple and complex meanings and messages throughout. For collectors-definately one to get a first edition, first print signed. Thanks for hours of enjoyment!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is book is about an unnamed young man who fails to see meaning in life, and embarks on a journey into a surreal, terrifying world. The plot itself is rather dull, but the way the character elaborates on the events that happen are insightful and enticing. Full of wit and brilliance, this novel is sure to be an eye-opener for anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! I found myself standing to read the last few chapters. It will engulf you, make you cheer, cry and laugh. I had to cross my legs more then once, so I wouldn¿t pee before the end of a chapter. I will put this novel in a gift box with the Da Vinci Code. Some adult language, not a lot, same that you hear in real life ( do we really need to read a bunch of cuss words to get the point?). William Nicholson does a great job of not dragging us into detail of torture and violence, that is brilliantly left to the reader, as are other parts. Amazing. Full of suspense, thrill, and humor. Only 200 + pages. It is a great read for book clubs. Note: I read the first US printing of this novel. I add this because some words that begin with ¿C¿ in our English have been left in the original ¿K¿, which adds to the novel, (I hope they don¿t change this) bringing the reader even closer to the original ¿police state¿. If William Nicholson could have written The Society of Others, when I was 20¿.doubt I could have/would have cared. Now, as a mom, I hope my children and those that follow, will want to know ¿the adventure of going home¿. Wherever home is , where ever the starting place, everyone starts somewhere. It is truly an adventure. Enjoy. Thanks Will, for seeing it another way, Great book!
harstan More than 1 year ago
He recently graduated college, but has no goals and speculates that life is meaningless. Why bother? However, tired of parental nagging, he decides on a coming of age grand adventure on the continent. He hitches a ride from the English side of the Chunnel with a philosophical truck driver on a three day trek across Europe.--- However, once they leave the land of the Euro into the heavily guarded East, thugs using a roadblock stop the truck, torture and kill the trucker, but his passenger escapes. They burn the books inside the truck, but the hitchhiker rescues one along with an envelope that the driver gave him. The hiker reaches a nearby town where he meets Petra, who informs him that the burned books were targeted to go to those names listed in the envelop. He joins Petra¿s revolutionary band, but when her group torture the enemy at another roadblock, he flees into the woods in despair. By himself he ponders the meaning of life.--- The first half of this novel is a great coming of age tales as the unnamed narrator (apropos label for the disenchanted) finds his grand tour turn into a nightmare. Nameless struggles with both sides in the dispute who use any means to achieve their end. Once he flees from Petra, the story line turns much more introspective as the lead character begins to analyze his relationships especially with his parents even while he dodges the police and to a lesser degree the revolutionaries. This is a strong thriller worth reading due to the despairing antihero but the latter half though superbly well written cannot match the incredible levels of excitement and suspense of the first part.--- Harriet Klausner