The Temple of Gold: A Novel

The Temple of Gold: A Novel

by William Goldman
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The Temple of Gold: A Novel by William Goldman

The New York Times–bestselling author’s phenomenal debut novel about growing up in midwestern, midcentury America.

Raymond Euripides Trevitt grows up virtually alone in the small town of Athens, Illinois, until a new boy moves in next door. His name is Zachary Crowe, but he goes by Zock. They’re as different as two midwestern boys can be, but their friendship will go on to shape—if not define—both of their lives.
In the early days, Ray takes Zock hiking and Zock teaches Ray about poetry. They run away to Chicago, hide out in movie theaters, and watch Gunga Din over and over. By high school, it’s clear that Ray is no student while Zock is destined for Harvard. Still, they grow up side-by-side, through adolescence, double-dating, and first love. But during a summer visit home, a tragic accident leaves Ray racked with guilt. Alone once again, Ray discovers that in the depths of despair, resilience and hope are waiting to be found.
The Temple of Gold launched the career of bestselling novelist and Academy Award–winning screenwriter William Goldman, best known for Marathon Man and The Princess Bride.
 This ebook features a biography of William Goldman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453291993
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 205
Sales rank: 629,338
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

William Goldman (b. 1931) is an Academy Award–winning author of screenplays, plays, memoirs, and novels. Born near Chicago, he earned his bachelor of arts degree at Oberlin College, where he began writing fiction, followed by a master of arts degree at Columbia University. His first novel, The Temple of Gold (1957), was followed by the script for the Broadway army comedy Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole (1961). He began writing for Hollywood soon after, and would script some of the finest films of the era, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and All the President’s Men (1976), for which he won two Academy Awards.
Goldman continued writing novels, several of which he then adapted as screenplays, including the hit movies Marathon Man (1976), Magic (1978), and The Princess Bride (1987). He has also written acclaimed essays, and several memoirs of his career in Hollywood. 


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

August 12, 1931

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois


B.A., Oberlin College, 1952; M.A., Columbia University, 1956

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MLynne More than 1 year ago
I reread this book every few years, and frequently give copies to friends.. Goldman captures the confusion and heartbreak of late adolescence, and, for me, the story is a reminder of one sad indicator of being a 'grown-up' --- the fact that we each must learn for ourselves, on our own schedule and in our own way, that nothing in life is fair.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, endearing, heart-wrenching, moody, sorrowful, a triumph. Even after all this years this book is still very effective. It should be read by everybody.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 1964. In my opinion it rivals 'The Catcher In The Rye' as a study in the psychology of adolescence. After all these years, I am gratified to note that Mr. Goldman has acieved such long term popular success.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr Goldman has brought the secret of the 'Holy Grail', 'Fountain of youth', and whether a comma goes ,' or ', to my life..I hope everyone gets the same message.