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William Golding | William Golding

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A charismatic teenage sociopath, Jack Merridew, gains leadership over a group of marooned boys from elite British prep schools by murder and exploiting fear. Many of the worst atrocities of mankind have been the consequence of a wealthy ruling elite seeking ever more power, or resisting them, as in...
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Why do some stories endure from generation to generation?  It may be useful to compare The Catcher in the Rye and four other books that have sold well over time: Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jonathan Livingston Seagull and The Outsiders. ...
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Although Ernest Hemingway's early short stories are more florid, his style became almost journalistic, with writing that draws you into the current of the story before you realize it. He was a master of understatement; hyperbole was not Hem. His best prose is light and airy, almost dreamlike. His...
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Forget Lord of the Flies! This book with its Neanderthal and Homo Sapiens characters is one of my all time favorites. I've read it three times. Why? It grabs me from the first page. This is not science fiction as we know it. It's a work of the highest imagination. The way the Neanderthals move, the...
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    Stephen King, you may have heard that name, received dozens of rejections for his first novel, Carrie; he kept them tidily nailed to a spike under a timber in his bedroom.       One of the publishers sent Mr. King's rejection with these words:    We are not...