eBook Spire epub

by William Golding

eBook Spire epub
  • ISBN: 0571192572
  • Author: William Golding
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (July 22, 1997)
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • ePUB size: 1651 kb
  • FB2 size 1954 kb
  • Formats rtf lit lrf azw

Chin up, hands holding the model spire before him, eyes half closed; joy -. ‘I’ve waited half my life for this day!’ Opposite him, the other side of the model of the cathedral on its trestle table stood the chancellor, his face dark with shadow, over ancient pallor. I don’t know, my Lord Dean. He peered across at the model of the spire, where Jocelin held it so firmly in both hands. His voice was bat-thin, and wandered vaguely into the large, high air of the chapter house. But if you consider that this small piece of wood - how long is it?’

Home William Golding The Spire. When he returned to the spire, the hosannaing heads were built in at the top of each window. He leaned over the growing edge of the wall, and saw them there from above, each with hair blown back, each with a nose projecting like a beak

Home William Golding The Spire. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19. By the west door he had got himself together again. He leaned over the growing edge of the wall, and saw them there from above, each with hair blown back, each with a nose projecting like a beak. They shouted at the tracks which feet were cutting in the downland, they ignored the birds that perched and muted whitely on them.

Home William Golding The Spire. Where is the Sacrist?’ The young man leapt to his feet, saving a book as he did so. ‘My Lord, he came through -’. ‘Where is the Sacrist?’ The young man leapt to his feet, saving a book as he did so. Jocelin snatched the next curtain aside; but there was no one in the school room either.

The Spire is a 1964 novel by the English author William Golding. A dark and powerful portrait of one man's will", it deals with the construction of the 404-foot high spire loosely based on Salisbury Cathedral; the vision of the fictional Dean Jocelin. In this novel, William Golding utilises stream of consciousness writing with an omniscient but increasingly fallible narrator.

There were three sorts of people. Told with an inventive narration that reflects Jocelin’s ever-increasing madness, The Spire is an astonishing portrait of obsession, betrayal, and arrogance. Those who ran, those who stayed, and those who were built in’. Set in medieval England, The Spire tells the story of one man’s vision – the construction of an enormous spire onto a cathedral without foundations. Jocelin’s vision produces terrible consequences for those around him; the human ‘cost’ of one man’s folly. The novel has been recorded by Benedict Cumberbatch as an audiobook. Quite simply, a marvel’.

William Golding's 1964 novel about the building of a spire is a study of bringing the near-impossible into being. His writing is no less miraculous, argues Craig Raine. William Golding's 1964 novel about the building of a spire is a study of bringing the near-impossible into being. His writing is no less miraculous.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Book by Golding, William. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Monteith asked for some changes to the text and the novel was published in September 1954 as Lord of the Flies

The Spire is a 1964 novel by the English author William Golding. William Golding was born in his grandmother's house, 47 Mount Wise, Newquay, Cornwall. Golding's mother, who was Cornish and whom he considered "a superstitious celt", used to tell him old Cornish fairy tales from her own childhood. Monteith asked for some changes to the text and the novel was published in September 1954 as Lord of the Flies. The Spire follows the building and near collapse of a huge spire onto a medieval cathedral.

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 22 сент. William Golding wrote Lord of the Flies. Nearly everyone knows this. And nearly no one could name another of his books. The vision that drives Dean Jocelin to construct an immense new spire above his cathedral tests the limits of all who surround him. The foundationless stone pillars shriek and the earth beneath them heaves under the structure's weight as the Dean's will weighs down his collapsing faith. Meanwhile, the towering spire casts a shadow of dread on all those who behold it. Результаты поиска по книге. Отзывы - Написать отзыв.

Dean Jocelin has a vision that God has chosen him to erect a great spire on his cathedral. The masons anxiously advise against it, and things have happened around the cathedral which it is better not to question men too closely about. But, without foundations, the spire rises octagon upon octagon, pinnacle by pinnacle, until the stone pillars shriek and the ground beneath it swims. Its shadow falls darkly on the world below, and most darkly on the Dean himself. The Spire is an impressively powerful portrait of one man's possessed will, and of the towering folly he creates
Comments: (7)
I read The Spire many years ago. A visit to Salisbury Cathedral prompted me to reread it. Golding draws you into the mind of a bishop obsessed with adding a taller tower to the Cathedral. Believing it is God!s will, the bishop forces the builder to keep building even though he and the rest of his crew believe it's an impossible task, one that will end in the cathedrals destruction. Priests and townspeople agree with the builder and turn against the bishop as he slowly loses his grip on reality. The entire story is told from the bishop's point of view. The reader descends into madness with him. Yet the tower rises slowly. The stones sing and sway. People die. The builder turns to drink. The bishop is cursed and tormented. It's a dark tale of obsession and delusion, powerfully written.
Perhaps one of the finest books written, certainly one of the finest I've read. An emotional and intellectual tour de force. There are few writers who explore the crevices of the human heart and mind with the dexterity achieved in this novel (perhaps Malouf in 'Remembering Babylon' or Kundera in his earlier novels? Certainly Shakespeare.). Not everyone's cup of tea ... but certainly mine, "... it's like the apple tree ..." Highly recommended for those with patience.
Benedict Cumberbatch provides an inspired reading of this lively play set in a church in England; the characters come to life as Benedict reads us through the chapters with flair and perfectly isolating the characters with his vocal acuity!
Another masterpiece of William Golding, the Nobel Prize winning author of "Lord of the Flies." I enjoyed reading the book, while simultaneously listening to the Audio recording, read by Benedict Cumberbatch. Absorbing, a rare pleasure.
This is written in a "stream of consciousness" style which makes is somewhat inaccessible and difficult to follow. The book is written as the thoughts of the insane bishop building the spire.

What interested me in the book is actually visiting Salisbury cathedral in England and seeing the impossible spire myself. Golding taught at the school attached to Salisbury cathedral and this inspired his story. The hubris of building the tallest tower and stone spire in England on top of thin pillars never meant to hold the weight, themselves built on 4' deep foundations set on wet gravel is amazing. The fact this this was done in the thirteen hundreds is amazing and might inspire one to faith.

Read this classic and then go to see that cathedral that has been continually about to fall since the middle ages.
I reread this difficult but worthy book during the shut down of our government. Golding has mirrored the self-righteous arrogance of those who have the only answer. I had read the book 45 years earlier but found it more impressive now that I could ever appreciate in my youth. This is the painful tale of a man whose arrogant self-righteous posture reeks havoc and destruction on the lives of others as he descends into insanity. It is Golding at his best and most difficult.
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Golding never disappoints. In an anachronistic world, Dean Jocelin could easily have been a member of the group of boys in Lord of the Flies
There is a good deal of misunderstanding about this tremendous novel. Golding himself has a grasp of the complexity of human nature, and has inserted his understanding into the age of faith and its extravagant constructions with understanding and insight. What caused the people of the age to build these magnificent architectonic aedifices? To solve the major engineering problems that enabled them to erect the great Gothic cathedrals? And what manner of men was it that drove these enormous buildings skywards? He strips the era of all the romantic notions that later generations, especially the 19th Century, have imposed upon it. He portrays it as it really must have been, with its visions of faith and its carnality. It really is a rounded picture that he paints. He is not afraid to deal with matters of faith, too, unfashionable as these were to his contemporaries and still are to succeeding generations. Golding was a devout Christian, and at the time of his receiving of the Nobel Prize, said that one of the major themes in his work was man's seemingly limitless capacity for evil. This certainly underpins the plot of The Spire.

Ultimately, we are confronted with the complex character of the man who drives up the spire; Dean Jocelin. Golding leaves us with an ambiguous and unanswered question; is the man a megalomaniac or a visionary? His vanity, his ignorance, his undeserved privilege are all significant weak elements of his character. So is his obsession with driving up the spire, no matter what the cost. We are left unsure as to what part his sickness plays, and what part his own infliction of the discipline plays in that sickness; in other words, does his sickness cause madness, and to what extent is the sickness itself, self-inflicted? Finally, how much of his vision is divinely inspired? At the end, even the fate of the spire is left ambiguous; it still stands, but for how long; and will it fall eventually?

Some historical background does give a certain perspective to the novel. Golding was at one time a teacher at Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury, where his study window looked out upon the spire of Salisbury Cathedral. The spire built by Jocelin and the cathedral upon which it is built, are clearly based on Salisbury, including the nature of the swampy ground and the foundations. Salisbury's spire is at 404 feet, the same height as Jocelin's spire, the tallest in the UK. It leans 24 inches to the South. In the novel, Roger Mason, the master builder, wants to abandon Jocelin and go to Malmesbury to build a spire there. Interestingly, the spire on Malmesbury Abbey fell during a severe storm in 1550, while the Salisbury spire remains intact. (Salisbury's spire was damaged some years after its completion, but was successfully restored.) All this seems to suggest that there is, after all, a religious and spiritual element in Jocelin's vision. In the end, though, Golding answers nothing. He creates a gripping and convincing account of the era, and leaves it to the reader to decide whether Jocelin is a fanatic or a visionary, a venal obsessive compulsive or a spiritually inspired visionary. The novel does not allow a superficial or two-dimensional answer; every conclusion about Jocelin's character is sufficiently contradicted by other elements in the story to make it not quite tenable. It is precisely this complex ambiguity that makes of The Spire such a great novel.
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