Dan Sandman

20: Darkness Visible by William Golding

In Books, Fiction on 13/05/2016 at 12:00 pm

Darkness Visible by William GoldingWilliam Golding (1911 – 1993) is the only writer to appear twice in my Top 5. Will this book be another contender for a place within my best reads? Only time will tell.

It deals with the disturbed psychology of several connected characters. Loner Matty has an unhealthy obsession with the book of revelations. Teacher Mr. Pedigree has a sexual craving for young boys. Troubled Sophy hates her father.

In terms of genre, Darkness Visible (1979) is mostly what might be called a Bildungsroman (German word loosely translated as ‘novel of education’). Although each character is isolated from society, we are encouraged to connect their behaivour to wider discourses of power. Writing late in his career, Golding here returns to the dark themes which often haunt his novels.

Brilliantly done.


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