Rites of Passage Sea Trilogy Summary
The Rites of Passage sea trilogy comprises the novels Rites of Passage, Close Quarters, and Fire Down Below.
One reviewer concluded that the binding theme of the three novels is the "making of Talbot's soul." In the first, he is shaken out of his comfortable self-satisfaction by Colley's death. In the second, he faces grave danger, admitting fear but not succumbing to the despair of Wheeler, who commits suicide, or the blubbering drunkenness of Pike. He slowly becomes an admirable character, establishing himself in the third novel as a good friend, a young man willing to learn, and a person grateful for good fortune and graceful in misfortune.
The setting for Rites of Passage is a ship on its way from England to Australia. The passengers and crew of this ship form a microcosm of English society and offer Golding the opportunity for satire of the rigid...
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William Golding Biographies (7)
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Biography EssayWilliam Golding achieved international fame and wide critical acceptance with his first published novel, Lord of the Flies, in 1954. Since that time his fictional canon has won Goldin...
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Once dubbed "Lord of the Campus" by Time magazine, Nobel Prize-winning British novelist William Golding spent an entire writing career living down his first novel, Lord of the Flies. A relative of Rob...
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Born September 19, 1911 in Cornwall, England, William Golding descended from a distinguished line of schoolmasters. His father, Alec, was a man of exceptional learning who wrote textbooks on diverse s...
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William Golding achieved international fame and wide critical acceptance with his first published novel, Lord of the Flies, in 1954. Since that time he has produced six other distinguished novels (at...
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With the publication of Lord of the Files in 1954, William Golding was recognized as an important modern novelist. As an essayist he is less well known. Golding has shied away from publicity, and even...
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William Golding is an unusually controversial writer of the fantastic. First of all, his stature as a writer has been questioned despite--or possibly because of--the popular acceptance of his work. Se...