Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

Book - 1980
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Edmund Talbot recounts his voyage from England to the Antipodes, and the humiliating confrontation between the stern Captain Anderson and the nervous parson, James Colley, which leads to the latter's death

McMillan Palgrave

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.

Winner of the 1980 Booker Prize



Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux ; London : Faber & Faber, 1980
ISBN: 9780374250867
0374250863
Branch Call Number: FIC Golding, W 1980
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 21 cm

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Aug 15, 2012

Lord of the Flies on the high seas. Written as the protagonist's journal, it starts like a simple social comedy of manners but in fact it is dark story with twists in the outcome.

wwgg Jul 05, 2011

Andrew Miller's top 10 historical novels

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