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The Novels Of William Golding. Howard S. Babb

The Novels Of William Golding.

Howard S. Babb

Published January 27th 2016
ISBN : 9780814201879
Paperback
222 pages
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 About the Book 

Although the novels by William Golding have often attained a remarkable popular success and been generally esteemed by critics, Mr. Babbs book is the first to examine the forms and meanings in all of Goldings fiction up through The Pyramid. InMoreAlthough the novels by William Golding have often attained a remarkable popular success and been generally esteemed by critics, Mr. Babbs book is the first to examine the forms and meanings in all of Goldings fiction up through The Pyramid. In Mr. Babbs judgment, these novels represent a major achievement in contemporary literature, and he defines the achievement through analyzing the thematic developments from book to book as well as the narrative structures, techniques, and styles realized within the separate novels. Of special interest is the attention paid to the endings of Goldings works, for his conclusions have often been regarded as the unfortunate fractures in the illusion created through the rest of the novel. Mr. Babb defends them, however, as integral parts of the fictional structure, as devices by which Golding brings his themes home to the reader. All of Goldings novels, Mr. Babb finds, are devoted to exploring the true nature of mans existence, what it means to be human. Each of his works attest to the superb honesty of a fiercely intelligent and compelling storyteller who refuses ever to represent his characters as transcending the limitations of the human condition. Howard S. Babb, author of Jane Austens Novels: The Fabric of Dialogue, is the chairman of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.