WILLIAM GORING: A Critical Study by James R. Baker

WILLIAM GORING: A Critical Study

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Mr. Baker's study is much more difficult to read (or appraise) than that of Messers Oldsey & Weintraub reviewed earlier (p. 552). He draws on Golding's war experiences, and Greek mythology, as possible influences but does not consistently develop these points. His prose is denser, full of trailing ends and redundancies; on the other hand it is perhaps closer to Golding's work which also tends to be fairly murky, and it takes au entirely different approach and even, on occasion, disagrees completely with the interpretations offered in the other critique. As such, it is a professor's personal and earnest attempt to deal with Golding's ambiguities, and if it lacks any charm in the presentation, it has a certain weight of its own. Inasmuch as Golding is often talking about the human being's fatal ability to see only what he is conditioned to see, these two quite different modes of seeing could be read together as an interesting illustration of the argument.

Publisher: St. Martin's Press