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William Golding's literary gems: 5 books worth your time

William Golding's literary gems: 5 books worth your time 5 impressive books by William Golding (Photo: Freepik)

The temperature outside continues to rise incessantly, making it unnecessary to leave home. However, a pleasant indoor activity—reading a book—can facilitate spending this day productively.

Some recommendations of 5 wonderful books by William Golding, whom you may not have heard of, revealed.

What is known about the writer

William Golding is an English writer born in 1911 in St. Columb Minor, Cornwall. Best known for his novel "Lord of the Flies". William is a Booker Prize laureate and Nobel Prize winner in literature.

Lord of the Flies

This novel is considered one of the most important works of 20th-century English literature. It tells the story of a group of boys who find themselves without adults on a deserted island after a plane crash.

The heroes must learn to live together and create their own society. However, they soon find themselves entangled in a struggle for power.

The Inheritors

In William Golding's novel "The Inheritors," a group of surviving Neanderthals unexpectedly encounters "new people" - a more advanced species - on their way to their camp.

This encounter leads to irreversible events for the group. The novel explores themes of survival, clash of cultures, inevitability of progress, and the demise of the old world.

The Spire

In the novel "The Spire," the story revolves around Jocelin, an ambitious dean who desires to build a magnificent cathedral with an impressive spire. Obsessed with this idea, he disregards financial difficulties, skepticism from others, and even his own health.

The story explores themes of faith, fanaticism, the power of human aspiration, and the destructive consequences of obsession.

Darkness Visible

The novel focuses on a character introduced in the first chapter as a child disfigured by a bomb blast during the London Blitz in World War II.

The boy attends a boarding school where everyone avoids contact with him. Over time, the kindness and mystery surrounding his character attract devoted people. The novel addresses the eternal theme of the struggle between good and evil.

The Paper Men

This book is essentially a diary kept by the young aristocrat Edmund Talbot. The action takes place on a ship sailing from England to Australia.

The work raises controversial questions of class and sexuality, and the prose showcases the author from some of the most interesting and sharpest angles.