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Book Title: The Pyramid|
The author of the book: William Golding
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Edition: Faber and Faber
Date of issue: 2010
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'I did not deceive myself into believing that I was good looking, but I had heard that girls were relatively indifferent to that. I hoped they were; for as I inspected my face in the mirror, I came to the regretful conclusion that it was not the sort of face I should fall in love with myself. There was nothing fragile about it. I tried smiling winningly at myself, but the result made me grimace with disgust.'
I didn't expect this book to make me cry. So much of it is written with an exceptionally witty, darting lightness that I wasn't entirely prepared for the cumulative weight of its emotional insight.
It's a powerful, deft, *modest* novel that brilliantly marries comedy and nostalgia.
William Golding is an outstanding writer. His books are all about — and turn upon — perception. He has a clear-eyed way of inhabiting his characters. In this respect, I think there's a quality of (early) Joyce about his writing. And that's a massive great compliment, I should add.
Golding is stylistically restrained, pellucid. Consistently, he pulls away from the melodramatic, the glib, the tritely resonant. He understands how people — real people — speak and think and feel. He doesn't *give them lines*, like some second-rate dramatist. Again like Joyce, much of the book is concerned with (admirably) stunted, partial exchanges between characters intent upon their own purposes. And when, finally, Golding allows dialogue to erupt into blazoned feeling, it is extraordinarily powerful in its fractured incoherence:
'That's right. That's it exactly—Everything's—*wrong*. Everything. There's no truth and there's no honesty. My God! Life can't—I mean just out there, you have only to look up at the sky—but Stilbourne accepts it as a *roof*. As a—and the way we hide our bodies and the things we don't say, the things we daren't mention, the people we don't meet—and that *stuff* they call music—It's a lie! Don't they understand? It's a lie, a lie! It's—obscene!'
This is a book about growing up and understanding people retrospectively. About the arrogance of adolescence, the sad recognition of one's own limitations. And about the slow, late, partial acquisition of compassion.
It is a beautiful novel.
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Read information about the authorSir William Gerald Golding was a British novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his 1954 novel Lord of the Flies.
Golding spent two years in Oxford focusing on sciences; however, he changed his educational emphasis to English literature, especially Anglo-Saxon.
During World War II, he was part of the Royal Navy which he left five years later. His bellic experience strongly influenced his future novels.
Later, he became a teacher and focused on writing.
Some of his influences are classical Greek literature, such as Euripides, and The Battle of Maldon, an Anglo-Saxon oeuvre whose author is unknown.
The attention given to Lord of the Flies, Golding's first novel, by college students in the 1950s and 1960s drove literary critics' attention to it.
He was awarded the Booker Prize for literature in 1980 for his novel Rites of Passage, the first book of the trilogy To the Ends of the Earth. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983 and was knighted in 1988.
In 2008, The Times ranked Golding third on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".
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