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.
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About the Author
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.
Hometown:New York, New York
Date of Birth:August 12, 1931
Place of Birth:Chicago, Illinois
Education:B.A., Oberlin College, 1952; M.A., Columbia University, 1956
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.