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Close Quarters

William Golding

Lose yourself in an epic naval journey in the second novel in the Booker Prize-winning Sea Trilogy by the author of Lord of the Flies.

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9780571267439
Date Published
05.11.2013
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Summary

Lose yourself in an epic naval journey in the second novel in the Booker Prize-winning Sea Trilogy by the author of Lord of the Flies.

This tropical nowhere was the whole world — the whole
imaginable world.

A decrepit warship is becalmed halfway to Australia, stilled in an ocean wilderness of heat and sea mists. In this surreal, fête-like atmosphere, a ball is held with a passing ship: the passengers dance and flirt, while beneath them seaweed like green hair spreads omniously over the hull. Half-mad with fear, drink, love and opium, both vessel and passengers feel themselves going to pieces: and the very planks seem to twist themselves alive as the ship comes apart at the seams . . .

‘No living writer has represented the fragility of man’s experience so marvellously as Golding.’ AS Byatt

‘It is in Golding’s magnificent, therapeutic, terrifying descriptions of seascapes that the deepest meanings can be found.’ Kate Mosse

‘Stunning . . . As exciting as any thriller.’ Sunday Times


‘A feat of imaginative reconstruction, as vivid as a dream.’ Daily Mail

‘Tells an utterly absorbing tale, in language of immense force and subtlety.’
Financial Times

To The Ends of the Earth: A Sea Trilogy – Book Two

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William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential writers of modern times. Lord of the Flies, his first novel, has been read by millions, translated into more than forty-five languages, and adapted for screen and stage drama. He drew on his own experience as a teacher and his service in the…

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