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Rites of Passage by William Golding
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, stinking 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, something happens to bring him into a ‘hell of degradation’, where shame is a force deadlier than the sea itself.
Number one of “To the Ends of the Earth Trilogy” – Rites of Passsage 1, Close Quarters 11, and Fire Down Below 111
A hard-cover edition with bottle green boards, gilt lettering and clipped, illustrated dust cover. From the library of Blanche D’Alpuget, with blue ink inscription on the title page. There is some foxing throughout but the text is clear and legible.
Booker Prize Winner 1980.
Now in a clear plastic removable cover to protect from damage.
Publisher: Faber & Faber, London.
Publication Date: 1980.
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