- Publisher: Mariner Books
- Format: Paperback | 240 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 201mm x 18mm | 249g
- Publication date: 25 September 1963
- Publication City/Country: San Diego, CA
- ISBN 10: 0156443791
- ISBN 13: 9780156443791
- Sales rank: 250,870
Eight Neanderthals encounter another race of beings like themselves, yet strangely different. This new race, Homo sapiens, fascinating in their skills and sophistication, terrifying in their cruelty, sense of guilt, and incipient corruption, spell doom for the more gentle folk whose world they will inherit. Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, won the 1983 Nobel Prize for Literature.
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By Colleen 22 Feb 2012
"...It seemed to end a little abruptly; I felt like I was just beginning to get to know the humans, and would have liked to know more about them, if not in further chapters, then perhaps in a sequel. Most people are probably only familiar with an earlier novel of Golding's, Lord of the Flies, since it seems to be a required reading staple in high schools across the country. I really enjoyed reading that one when I took senior English, and I'm not sure now why it took me so long to read something else of his. I definitely recommend this for something a little out of the ordinary on your reading list, especially since this is Golding's favorite of all his own work."
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