Darkness visible

292 pages

English language

Published Nov. 1, 1981 by Bantam Books.

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4 stars (1 review)

This extraordinary new novel, by the author of the now classic Lord of the Flies, is William Golding's best novel in twelve years. In Darkness Visible he has written a story of our times, a chilling mystery which never ceases to mystify. The martyr of disturbing suggestion, William Golding stirs up the sediment of dark thoughts and half ideas within us all. Many "Septimius" Windrave/Windrove- his exact name is unknown 0 as a boy steps out of the flaming known - as a boy steps out of the flaming destruction of the London blitz miraculously alive, but orphaned and hideously scarred for life. Though Matty takes to wearing a black wide-brimmed hat to cover his disfigurement, he is set apart from others, he asks himself, " Am I only different from them in face?", his answer is "no." He becomes a prophet, a wandering soul, who has his own "voices". …

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