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William Golding, United Kingdom, Lord of the Flies, Dystopian 1954
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Sir William Gerald Golding was an English novelist, playwright, and poet who won a Nobel Prize in Literature, and is best known for his novel Lord of the Flies. William Golding was born in his grandmother's house, 47 Mountwise, Newquay, Cornwall and he spent many childhood holidays there. Golding married Ann Brookfield, an analytic chemist, on 30 September 1939 and they had two children, Judith and David. Golding joined the Royal Navy in 1940 to fight in World War II. He fought and was briefly involved in the pursuit and sinking of the German battleship Bismarck. He also participated in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, commanding a landing ship that fired salvoes of rockets onto the beaches, and was in action at Walcheren at which 23 out of 24 assault craft were sunk.
Ralph- “He was old enough, twelve years and a few months, to have lost the prominent tummy of childhood and not yet old enough for adolescence to have made him awkward.” “But there was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out: there was his size, and attractive appearance; and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch.” Piggy- “Piggy was looking determined and began to take off his shorts. Presently he was palely and fatly naked.” Jack- “Inside the floating cloak he was tall, thin, and bony; and his hair was red beneath the black cap. His face was crumpled and freckled, and ugly without silliness. Out of his face stared two light blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to turn, to anger.” Simon- “Now that the pallor of his faint was over, he was a skinny, vivid little boy, with a glance coming up from under a hut of straight hair that hung down, black and coarse.” Samneric- “There were only two boys on the island who moved or talked like that.” Roger- “Roger led the way straight through the castles,...
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