Completed book #83 Cumulative page count: 27,896 Sue Grafton: Y is for Yesterday My rating: *** (A 496 page cozy? Should have been cut by half.) My Goodreads review: www.goodreads.com/review/show/3059954586
Normally, my audiobook listening is limited to my work commutes, as I don't want to tune out my wife when I am at home. However, she is in China right now, and I am taking advantage of my home-alone time to get more listening hours in.
William Golding: Lord of the Flies My rating: *** (A good, not great, story. Very light on characterization and plot development.)
I read this when I was about 16, which isn't a bad age to read allegories; it's easier to deal with archetypes and symbolic characters then, I think.
Warning! Spoilers in droves coming right at ya, hundreds of 'em!
I pretty much agree with your characterization of, uhhh, the characterization, though at the time I related to Piggy, the guy who hopes that the skills which more or less served him well before the event will continue to be useful afterwards, and they aren't. We were schoolboys once, and young. He's probably the only person in the book I remembered later; the rest of them blurred together, like the kids who gathered at a little grocery store across the street from our high school and bullied the ancient Chinese guy who ran the place so they could steal cigarettes from him.
If you're ever up for trying William Golding again, I recommend The Inheritors. It's about a tribe of proto-humans who lose their status when another tribe of proto-humans (or early humans, like Cro-Magnons, maybe), people who have been on a different evolutionary path and have sharper linguistic and perceptual skills, moves in on their land. An elder of the first tribe is the main voice here. Like Piggy, he's all washed up, but he has the wisdom of years and experience, and he knows he and his tribe have had it, they're all washed up. Yeah, Golding isn't exactly a happy camper, but this book is so beautifully written, I empathized with the elder more than I've empathized with anybody in about 99% of the novels I've ever read.
Totally agree about Arthur C Clarke. I don't read SF any more for various reasons, but he had a gift for words that has always been rare in the genre, and what an intellect! He and Asimov were the smartest guys in the room, and nobody ever confused Asimov's literary talents with Faulkner's. At least I don't think they did.
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