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Monday, 01 May 2017

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Stefanie

I have only read Lord of the Flies and though I liked it very much I never thought of reading any of his other books. The spire sounds really good though and I will have to keep that in mind.

Your charity shop story cracked me up!

Helen

Really, Stefanie, I had NO idea that Golding was such a stupendously good writer. The Spire in the third person but yet you are plunged into Jocelin's mind, and the way that Golding conveys that was eye-opening in terms of what can be done with language. Really it slightly blew my mind after reading a slew of novels which were enjoyable but whose prose was fairly pedestrian.

Hmm, am I sounding slightly crazed?

I am a bit busy with a Cunning Reading Plan at the moment but after that I'll definitely read The Scorpion God.

Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

I hated Lord of the Flies when I was made to read it in school. Golding is very occupied with evil, madness, and corruption, and I felt corrupted and filthy myself upon reading him, nor was I able to distance myself enough from the book (or any book really at that time) to appreciate beautiful writing.

However, I think that now I might have a different response and I've been interested in this one for some time. I shall try to quell my repulsion at the crudeness and violence and see the strange beauty that you have found.

Helen

I must say, Lory, that that's what I always thought Lord of the Flies would be like and that's what put me off it. I don't know anything about Golding or his writing, so your comment is particularly interesting.

In this book the crudeness and violence are oblique, and there is a great deal of beauty not only in the writing but in the perception of the world. I would certainly agree that Golding is preoccupied with those themes here, but also with beauty and even redemption. It's not a book that involves you emotionally with the characters, but it is very powerful all the same.

If you do read it, I hope you'll write about it. :)

Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

My comment about Golding is mainly based on reading LOTF -- maybe there was beauty there that I didn't see! Thus it would be good to do a reread. I'm even more intrigued now by The Spire...maybe you will see a post at some point. :)

Helen

Oooh, I'd be very interested to read your thoughts on it!

Martina

Never read Lord of the Flies, too...
But:you don't have to bring your books back to England - believe me, there are readers on the Continent who would be delighted to find English books!My local bookstore rarely gets any, but I know of a store in the big, big city and I love to go there especially for this reason.
People at the Red Cross where I go sometimes to donate clothes told me they would be more than happy about English books as refugees are interested in them. So I know how to keep mine circulating...
(And by the way, I always enjoy reading here even if I don't comment! Keep it up!)

Helen

Thank you Martina!

Maybe you're right about the books and I should rethink this! There's no Red Cross here (not that I've found, anyway) but one of my colleagues has told me that the local prison is always happy to receive foreign language books so I plan to send some their way.

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