Friday, 8 April 2016

Rites of Passage by William Golding

"He is quite unpractised in the management of spiritous liquors"

Cabin fever sets in on the long voyage to Australia. Alcohol adds to the drama. As, for the rest; well you will have to discover that for yourself. The prose is dense and yet frenetic, and my appreciation was somewhat complicated by reading in fits and starts, waiting for a plane.
The action is reminiscent of the ups and downs one experiences when tired and over stressed, circumstances akin to those of being stuck on a lengthy sea voyage in cramped quarters.

There is a definite scarcity of open space among the letters of the writer of the journal.

 4 out of 5 days that end in keelhauling can't be good.

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