A portrait of a man's possessed will, and the towering folly he creates. Dean Jocelin has a vision that God has chosen him to erect a great spire on his cathedral. The masons advise against it, and things have happened around the cathedral which it is better not to question men too closely about.
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
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William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911 and educated at Marlborough Grammar School and at Brasenose College, Oxford. He joined the Royal Navy in 1940 and witnessed the sinking of the Bismarck. He won the Booker Prize for Rites of Passage in 1980, and was awarded the Noble Prize for Literature in 1983. He died in 1993
Spire by William Golding
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