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This edition includes a new Suggestions for Further Reading by Jennifer Buehler.
At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued.
A plane crashes on a desert island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast. As the boys' delicate sense of order fades, so their childish dreams are transformed into something more primitive, and their behaviour starts to take on a murderous, savage significance.
First published in 1954, Lord of the Flies is one of the most celebrated and widely read of modern classics. Now fully revised and updated, this educational edition includes chapter summaries, comprehension questions, discussion points, classroom activities, a biographical profile of Golding, historical context relevant to the novel and an essay on Lord of the Flies by William Golding entitled 'Fable'. Aimed at Key Stage 3 and 4 students, it also includes a section on literary theory for advanced or A-level students. The educational edition encourages original and independent thinking while guiding the student through the text - ideal for use in the classroom and at home.
No livro, o autor retrocede até as origens da humanidade para falar da perda da inocência e do mal essencial que se esconde nos recantos mais remotos da alma. Assim como S"enhor das Moscas", "Os herdeiros" trata do choque entre a pureza e a selvageria, tendo como cenário uma floresta aparentemente paradisíaca. Mas, em vez de entrar na pele de crianças perdidas numa ilha, Golding dá voz ao homem de Neandertal, com sua cultura primitiva, seu sistema de comunicação e seus medos, e o inevitável conflito que se dará quando ele, por acidente, se deparar com a espécie muito mais avançada — e violenta — do Homo sapiens.
Aos poucos, o leitor enxerga o mundo mágico e misterioso através dos olhos de Lok, um dos remanescentes de um grupo de Neandertais que, com o fim do inverno, migra de uma região costeira para terrenos mais altos no meio da floresta. Mas a realidade de Lok está mudando. Mal, o patriarca, não tem mais a mesma força nem a mesma visão. E o terreno, que eles sempre conheceram tão bem, será radicalmente alterado pela presença dos novos visitantes, que se insinuam muito lentamente, fazendo crescer a curiosidade e o temor de Lok — e, em consequência, do leitor também.Prêmio Nobel de Literatura
Succumb to one churchman's apocalyptic vision in this prophetic tale by the radical Nobel Laureate and author of Lord of the Flies, William Golding (recorded by Benedict Cumberbatch as an audiobook).
There were three sorts of people. Those who ran, those who stayed, and those who were built in.
Dean Jocelin has a vision: that God has chosen him to erect a great spire. His master builder fearfully advises against it, for the old cathedral was miraculously built without foundations. But Jocelin is obsessed with fashioning his prayer in stone. As his halo of hair grows wilder and his dark angel darker, the spire rises octagon upon octagon, pinnacle by pinnacle, watched over by the gargoyles - until the stone pillars shriek, the earth beneath creeps, and the spire's shadow falls like an axe on the medieval world below ...
'Astounding ... So recklessly beautiful, so sad and so strange ... Holds such a place in my soul that it's more or less a sacred text.' Sarah Perry
'A kind of miracle ... Genius.' Guardian
'Quite simply, a marvel.' NYRB
'Superb ... A classic.' Rebecca West
'A visionary ... His masterwork [of] faith, folly and desperate desire ... Golding at his best.' Benjamin Myers
The destinies of three mysterious lost children entwine in this James Tait Black Memorial Prize-winning fable by the radical Nobel Laureate and author of Lord of the Flies.
A figure had condensed out of the shuddering backdrop of the glare.
He is born in fire: a naked child in the blood-red flames of London's Blitz. Miraculously saved but grotesquely burned, this mysterious orphan is named Matty. Doomed to a life of torment, he becomes a wanderer, a spiritual seeker after unknown redemption.
They are also lost children: neglected twins, as exquisitely beautiful as they are loveless and sinful. Toni explores political terrorism; Sophy, sexual dominance and violent criminality.
But their destinies will soon collide in an apocalyptic climax - one that illuminates the inner and outer darkness of modern humanity.
'Exceptional ... Irresistibly transcendent ... Golding seduces us. He transfixes, bewitches and confounds us.' Nicola Barker
'Extraordinary ... A hallucinatory, incantatory force ... The most powerful, and strangest, of all Golding's novels, and one of the great masterpieces of the twentieth-century English novel.' Philip Hensher
'A master craftsman in his particular sort of magic ... Golding's best book ... Wonderfully creepy ... A remarkable achievement.' London Review of Books
'A vision of elemental reality so vivid we seem to hallucinate the scenes ... Magic.' New York Times Book Review
'An intensity of vision without parallel.' TLS
'One of the most moving books I've ever read.' The Times
'Brilliantly spooky ... Written with great insight and a surprising humour, it is a thorough pleasure.' Atlantic Monthly
The second volume of William Golding's Sea Trilogy
In a wilderness of heat, stillness and sea mists, a ball is held on a ship becalmed halfway to Australia. In this surreal, fête-like atmosphere the passengers dance and flirt, while beneath them thickets of weed like green hair spread over the hull. The sequel to Rites of Passage, Close Quarters, the second volume in Golding's acclaimed sea trilogy, is imbued with his extraordinary sense of menace. Half-mad with fear, with drink, with love and opium, everyone on this leaky, unsound hulk is 'going to pieces'. And in a nightmarish climax the very planks seem to twist themselves alive as the ship begins to come apart at the seams.
The third volume of William Golding's Sea Trilogy
A decrepit warship sails on the last stretch of its voyage to Sydney Cove. It has been blown off course and battered by wind, storm and ice. Little but rope holds the disintegrating hull together. And after a risky operation to reset its foremast, an unseen fire begins to smoulder below decks.
A new one-volume edition of this classic sequence of sea novels set in the early nineteenth century, about a voyage from England to Australia.
Rites of Passage (Winner of the Booker Prize)
'The work of a master at the full stretch of his age and wisdom.' The Times
'A feat of imaginative reconstruction, as vivid as a dream.' Daily Mail
Fire Down Below
'Laden to the waterline with a rich cargo of practicalities and poetry, pain and hilarity, drama and exaltation.'Sunday Times
The first volume of William Golding's Sea Trilogy.
Sailing to Australia in the early years of the nineteenth century, Edmund Talbot keeps a journal to amuse his godfather back in England. Full of wit and disdain, he records the mounting tensions on the ancient, sinking warship where officers, sailors, soldiers and emigrants jostle in the cramped spaces below decks. Then a single passenger, the obsequious Reverend Colley, attracts the animosity of the sailors, and in the seclusion of the fo'castle something happens to bring him into a 'hell of degradation', where shame is a force deadlier than the sea itself.