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By William Golding, Ronald Blythe

The second one quantity of William Golding's Sea Trilogy

In a desert of warmth, stillness and sea mists, a ball is hung on a boat becalmed midway to Australia. during this surreal, fête-like surroundings the passengers dance and flirt, whereas underneath them thickets of weed like eco-friendly hair unfold over the hull. The sequel to Rites of Passage, shut Quarters, the second one quantity in Golding's acclaimed sea trilogy, is imbued along with his striking feel of risk. Half-mad with worry, with drink, with love and opium, all people in this leaky, unsound hulk is 'going to pieces'. And in a nightmarish climax the very planks appear to twist themselves alive because the send starts off to return aside on the seams.

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