To the Ends of the Earth

William Golding


To the Ends of the Earth

To the Ends of the Earth

  • Title: To the Ends of the Earth
  • Author: William Golding
  • ISBN: 9780571225415
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Paperback



To the Ends of the Earth, William Golding s classic sea trilogy, tells the extraordinary story of a warship s troubled journey to Australia in the early 1800s Told through the pages of Edmund Talbot s journal with equal measures of wit and disdain it records the mounting tensions and growing misfortunes aboard the ancient ship An instant maritime classic, and one ofTo the Ends of the Earth, William Golding s classic sea trilogy, tells the extraordinary story of a warship s troubled journey to Australia in the early 1800s Told through the pages of Edmund Talbot s journal with equal measures of wit and disdain it records the mounting tensions and growing misfortunes aboard the ancient ship An instant maritime classic, and one of Golding s finest achievements, the trilogy was adapted into a major three part BBC drama in 2005.


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I found this book among my Dad's things. He always loved books by Pope and Reeman but they had never really interested me. For some reason this one caught my eye and I decided to give it a read. I was really thankful I came from a family with some naval and sea going background because a lot of nautical and sailing references are used. Once you get past that you find a mostly intriguing but sometimes boring tale of a young man's trip to Australia on a British warship. This really showed how long [...]

Started watching the BBC mini series of this book, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (who also plays Sherlock in recent Masterpiece) discovered it was based on this Golding novel. I'm a big fan of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series, and I look forward to another seafaring tale.

This review is in three parts because the collection is not a coherent single story. The three books of the volume share a voyage, a ship, and a common narrator (Talbot) scribbling in a journal. What they don't share is a plot, a narrative voice, or a jot of surprise or narrative tension.So hereafter there be spoilersBook one revolves around the Talbot's too-slow discovery that a parson he disdains is gay. This leads to pages of blah blah blah and what Golding assumes is enlightened self-examina [...]

I'll try to avoid seafaring analogies and especially puns. I promise there'll be no "characters walking a plank of sociopolitical behaviour" or such pirate verbiage. But these three novels do descend the gangplank without sea legs (Okay, sorry) like so many films and their sequels. Rites of Passage gets 3 stars, Close Quarters 2, Fire Down Below 2. The first is a believably-narrated account of Talbot's influence or lack thereof on the different social classes with him in the ship. As usual for G [...]

Okay--I've only actually read Rites of Passage, which is the first book of this trilogy, and which won the Booker Prize in 1980. Its pastiche of a late-eighteenth century colonial administrator's voice is excellent, and conveys character very skillfully, but the structure of the book has its problems. It's hard to tell what the point of the narrative is: Colley's downfall, yes, but the book carries on for a while after his fate is sealed. Why it does this is unclear. Moreover, the root of Colley [...]

4.5 stars!Fabulous!Very, very good. (Have added it to my favorites). I refrained from giving it 5 because there were the odd pieces that seemed unnecessary. Also I enjoyed reading the "Tarpaulin" language but at times it was difficult to follow bits and pieces and to know exactly what was being said. It adds to the feel of the story but made for not easy reading at times.Forget the protagonist! . . . I found myself loving First Lieutenant Charles Summers! - what a fabulous man. He really shone i [...]

Edmund Talbolt's narration gives an intense feeling of his journey and his attitude towards the passengers and the crew. His journey throughout the books show how he mature.It was an excellent narration through the character's eyes though there were times I got lost through the story which I must go back to understand. Nevertheless I enjoyed it much.

A lovely tale of seafaring in the 19th century from the literary great, William Golding. Great vocabulary builder - there were a number of words that I had never come across! His use of traditional nautical slang (tarpaulin) made for very interesting reading.

Das erste Buch, dass ich im neuen Jahr zufrieden schließen kann, und dann gleich ein glatter 5-Sterner! Ganz großes Kopfkino war das, sollte man nur mit Ölzeug und 'ner Buddel Rum bewaffnet lesen :D

I just love nautical adventures and, when coupled with beautiful writing and profound commentary, they are a real treasure. William Golding is superb.

mm ok, but have but for adventure on the seas I have been spoilt by reading O' Brian!

This book has been quite the rollercoaster ride. When I started, I wasn't sure I'd make it through to the end, having to stop every so often to look up a word I didn't know or try to translate the Greek, Latin, & French spoken throughout. It was also difficult to see things in my head in a clear picture knowing NOTHING about boats/ships, but I persevered and finished the book today. The end wrapped up in such a pretty package that I almost forgot the moments of total aggravation I experience [...]

This is a great trilogy. I gave it 4 stars to suggest it's great, but it isn't a masterpiece. It's not as strong or single-minded as Golding's "Pincher Martin" or of course "Lord of the Flies." It's a good sea story, but Patrick O'Brien fans will miss the smell of slowmatch drifting through a seething gundeck. It's a nice tale of coming of age, and unexpectedly so, but this may be commingled confusingly for Americans with a tale of the collisions of English class, intellect, and human decency. E [...]

One of the few books I’ve read in my life that I really didn’t want to end.

chose not to read so did not give rating

Edmund Talbot, giovane rampollo dell’aristocrazia inglese dei primi dell’ottocento, lascia l’Inghilterra diretto in Australia, dove deve assumere un incarico di rilievo presso l’amministrazione coloniale.Questo lavoro, ottenuto grazie alla raccomandazione del ricco e potente padrino, rappresenta per il giovane il primo momento in cui egli lascia la sicurezza e la tranquillità della casa paterna per affrontare il mare e il mondo.Sin da subito Edmund si presenta come altezzoso, pieno di p [...]

'Rites of Passage', the first novel of this trilogy, won the Booker Prize, and Golding is also a Nobel Literature prize winner, a master of language, using words to create, in these three books, the enclosed world that is a sailing ship heading for Australia. 'Rites of Passage', the first novel, centres round the tragic story of Reverend Colley, and it is tragic, a shocking episode that is typical Golding. But here his narrator, Edmund Talbot, is that rare thing, a comic Golding character, who i [...]

I had really liked William Golding's famous first novel "Lord of the Flies" when I read it in high school many years ago. Although a bit intense for 16 year old kids, it was a novel which looked into the darkness in human soul and investigated how human beings (in this case school boys) could revert to violence and primitive instincts when they were in a desperate situation.To the Ends of the Earth is a collection of Golding's Sea novels. It tells the story of a young Brit (Talbot) who is travel [...]

The story was excellent, although the writing seemed to drag-on after awhile. Surely, there were riviting parts of this book, and surely the length of it was meant to display the length of such a sea voyage, but after awhile I didn't want to be pulled into the boredom of the ship. Also, the main character's learned seaman's language made it hard to follow what was going on the entire time. I almost feel as though it would have been better to have him ignorant to sea-language, so that everything [...]

I confess, I watched the TV miniseries version before I read the books. But that's Benedict Cumberbatch's fault. Anyway, I liked the miniseries ok, but got the feeling from it I might like the books better. And I did, despite the fact that I'm not a huge fan of William Golding (another confession). All the elements and themes that make "Lord of the Flies" a school classic are present in To The Ends of The Earth, only better.

A lot less engaging and concise than Golding's classic Lord of the Flies, this book is epic, but wordy and sometimes kind of hard to drag through. I did read it simultaneously to other books, so that may be part of the reason it felt so long and arduous, but overall, it was a decent read, but not too much of a page turner.

A tough reading due to its unfamiliar technical words related the the ships, the art and science of ship commanding, the rough seas, etc. as narrated by Edmund Talbot whose adventures have proved his marine knowledge and skills; moreover, his sincerity and valor have awarded him such romantic love in which various episodes suggest his determination.

Superb, although for me Rites Of Passage was by far the best. Close Quarters and Fire Down Below were good, certainly, but perhaps not quite up to the same standard as Rites. Overall though, the trilogy immerses the reader in a believable, living world of adventure on the high seas. Worth reading at least once.

The story itself was a great read, but in some areas it did tend to drag as I found myself skipping pages, without losing the flow of the storyline. I never thought I would be reading such a book, but to expand my horizons I need to get out of my comfort reading zone. I enjoyed Part 2 Close Quarters the most. Towards the end I was starting to find the main character infuriating.

Close Quarters was the weakest of the three.Earns itself a 4 on dint of its breadth, covering three novels, each with a slightly different first-person narrative tact, reflecting callow Edmond Talbot's growth.

You would think that three books about a single sea voyage would be terminally boring. The genuis of Golding proves that it is quite the opposite. For those of you who have never been to sea (and never will), this is a fantastic set of books to take you there.

I enjoyed this trilogy a lot. I had completely lost track of Golding since Lord of the Flies decades previously. It took me a while to realize that the books were written by the same fellow. I should probably find something else by him to try.

Currently reading Picked it up in Germany-- it was one of the only books printed in English that wasn't rubbish.

Just not my cup of tea.

Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope.


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