Rites of Passage
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Rites of Passage

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In the cabin of an ancient, stinking warship bound for Australia, a man writes a journal to entertain his godfather back in England. With wit and disdain he records mounting tensions on board, as an obsequious clergyman attracts the animosity of the tyrannical captain and surly crew.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 22mm | 240.4g
  • FABER & FABER
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0571191444
  • 9780571191444
  • 86,242

Review Text

Booker Prize Winner in 1980. In the cabin of an ancient, stinking warship which is bound for Australia from Britain in the 18th-century, a man writes a journal to entertain his godfather. With disdain and wit, he records the mounting tensions on board, as an obsequious clergyman attracts the animosity of the tyrannical captain and surly, brutalized crew. Men of god were often regarded as jonahs - that is, bringers of ill fortune - by superstitious seamen. It is the first of a trilogy which continues with 'Close Quarters' and concludes with 'The Fire Down Below'. Golding's own experience in the British Royal Navy during World War II contributed much to the atmosphere of these books, which have an acute sense of men living cheek by jowl, far from civilization. (Kirkus UK)show more

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