The Inheritors

The Inheritors When the spring came the people what was left of them moved back by the old paths from the sea But this year strange things were happening terrifying things that had never happened before Inexplicabl

When the spring came the people what was left of them moved back by the old paths from the sea But this year strange things were happening, terrifying things that had never happened before Inexplicable sounds and smells new, unimaginable creatures half glimpsed through the leaves What the people didn t, and perhaps never would, know, was that the day of their peoplWhen the spring came the people what was left of them moved back by the old paths from the sea But this year strange things were happening, terrifying things that had never happened before Inexplicable sounds and smells new, unimaginable creatures half glimpsed through the leaves What the people didn t, and perhaps never would, know, was that the day of their people was already over.From the author of Lord of the Flies, The Inheritors is a startling recreation of the lost world of the Neanderthals, and a frightening vision of the beginning of a new age.

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The Inheritors

  1. Sir William Gerald Golding was a British novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his 1954 novel Lord of the Flies Golding spent two years in Oxford focusing on sciences however, he changed his educational emphasis to English literature, especially Anglo Saxon.During World War II, he was part of the Royal Navy which he left five years later His bellic experience strongly influenced his future novels.Later, he became a teacher and focused on writing.Some of his influences are classical Greek literature, such as Euripides, and The Battle of Maldon, an Anglo Saxon oeuvre whose author is unknown.The attention given to Lord of the Flies, Golding s first novel, by college students in the 1950s and 1960s drove literary critics attention to it.He was awarded the Booker Prize for literature in 1980 for his novel Rites of Passage, the first book of the trilogy To the Ends of the Earth He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983 and was knighted in 1988.In 2008, The Times ranked Golding third on their list of The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

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  1. Reading this I have a sense of journeying into the author s interior life, in a steamboat, chugging upstream The jungle closes in around us and fog descends on the water Cut the engine This is the Heart of Darkness The author s cry is short the horror, the horror.Golding was working as a teacher when he wrote Lord of the Flies and this his second novel, which deals with a group of Neanderthals encountering a group of the sophisticated Cro Magnons Working as teacher and dealing with schoolboys p [...]

  2. I read this twice in close succession I read it, then I read it again The two readings were necessary, and not because William Golding failed in any way, but because his novel, The Inheritors welcomes so much failure from his readers I don t say this lightly I taught this for the first time this year, and it was beyond my first year university students The Inheritors challenges It challenges readers to work hard It challenges readers to pay attention It challenges readers to empathize It challen [...]

  3. William Golding has a very low opinion of the homo sapiens He has made it clear in Lord of the Flies, where a group of boys stranded on an island after a plane crash very soon revert to savagery In this book, Golding makes another damning accusation we are the dominant and successful species because of our savagery.The book is written from the POV of the Neanderthals, a species of hominids who disappeared from prehistory as humanity advanced triumphantly Even though we still do not know the reas [...]

  4. The Inheritors is a rare attempt to portray the human race from the outside looking in told from the point of view of a group of Neanderthals having their first, fatal, encounter with this new and dangerously clever species.As a palaeontological study this book may not be strictly accurate or even fully convincing, but as a prose experiment it s frankly astonishing and exactly the sort of thing top level novelists should be trying to do The efforts to give us a sense of how life was lived for a [...]

  5. Mal was strong and find much food But Mal die He sleep in belly of Oa now.Ha is strong but Ha fall in water Oh no Ha not like water Lok is strong but Lok stupid Lok not make good mind pictures.Lok look for Ha and smell other man Who is other man Doug not care.Doug bored.Doug give up.

  6. The story of the gentle, mostly vegetarian Neanderthal tribe that is all but obliterated in a meeting with wandering Homo sapiens Told almost entirely from the viewpoint of Lok, a slightly dim Neanderthal with many words and no pictures, it s an interesting story and a sad one.But the power of the tale is softened considerably by Golding s laborious, descriptive prose At times I found it very hard to understand what was going on, as the Homo sapiens activities drinking wine, portaging boats, arg [...]

  7. I am in awe of this book, Golding s craft, and his work in general I have also read Lord of the Flies and Darkness Visible The writing itself, whatever one thinks of the plot, is transcendent I am impressed by what must have been prodigious research on Golding s part to gain insight in the world of the Neanderthals, about whose specific reality modern man can only speculate Whatever the Neanderthals lacked in intellectual capability, they than made up for in their ability to use their senses, e [...]

  8. Golding is a wonderful writer and this is a tremendously thought provoking work It has something to tell us about the fall of man and the loss of innocence Golding imagines the great forests at the crossover point for Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens It is deeply tragic and quite shockingly violent We see the world from the Neanderthals point of view they are in many ways like us but lack our imagination, clarity of thought, adaptability and most sadly our greed and brutality This is not an easy bo [...]

  9. This might sound silly, but this small book of simple language confounded me The story is told, not just by a Neanderthal, but by the dumbest Neanderthal in the book His struggle to comprehend the changing world around him and to pin down the advanced technology of modern humans with concepts he could understand made parts of this story completely baffling He sees boats as logs and paddles as leaves and representations of things as the real things they represent It s a testament to Golding s bri [...]

  10. A last tribe of Neanderthals the People arrive in their Summer home a rocky outcrop near the top of a large waterfall Peaceful hunter gatherers with an earth mother religion, they do not understand tools, nor can they formulate complex thoughts, they speak simply and also they communicate telepathically through pictures One day they smell strangers nearby and gradually the become aware of a tribe of Homo Sapiens the new people who have come up the river in dug out canoes and are camping on a riv [...]

  11. Novogodi nja odluka da ne ostavljam zapo ete knjige je bila ja a od mu enja dok sam itala knjigu.Tako da sam bila uporna, ali da me neko pita o emu je nisam sigurna da bih mogla da prepri am Premi ljala sam se izmedju jedne i dve zvezdice, ali ipak dve Verovali ili ne bilo je momenata kada sam uspevala da pronadjem sli nosti u pona anju tih ljudi i savremenog oveka Nisam sigurna da sam je u potpunosti razumela, mo da bi bilo potrebno ponovno i itavanje, ali od mene ne u skorije vreme Ima isuvi e [...]

  12. The kind of novel from a kind of intellect which developed from a kind of education enjoyed by a kind of man who no longer figures in our society Worthy to be read on that merit alone.A fine companion piece to Lord of the Flies in which Golding is able to display his special forte that is, describing the wildness in man s nature.This particular book is cleverly conceived and it is nimbly, ably, deftly executed What you observe is a very confident set of skills wielded by a writer practicing his [...]

  13. This book has been one of my favourites since the first time I read it, at school, many years ago.It is set in the distant past at a time when Neanderthal man is disappearing and a new stronger, intelligent type of man our ancestor is spreading his grip across the land.We follow a small family group of Neanderthal man as they live out their peaceful lives They are upset by the change in climate, the new arrivals and the bad omens from their God Their environment is changing and they are not equ [...]

  14. Do you perchance like this new Far Cry Primal Or are you, like me, in love with the movie Quest for fire Are you interested at all in the subject of early human life If yes then this gem of a book is a recommendation par excellance.Dont get fooled by three stars that I gave they are my punishment Cause when this story was finally in my arms some major stuff happended that made me read this book so brokenlywithout concentration and investment that I practically read it out of spite.

  15. I don t know what made me think a novel by the guy who wrote Lord of the Flies wouldn t be depressing.The inheritors is about a small tribe of neanderthals and their devastating encounter with a group of homo sapiens It was hard to get into at first, because of the story being told from the point of view of a rather dim member of the tribe.Golding is a gifted writer, however, and the characters and the story become clear I found it hard to concentrate on it and events took place so suddenly, so [...]

  16. Did Neanderthals interact with our ancient ancestors What would contact be like What would be the results How would that have been like from the Neanderthals point of view The impossibility of ever having actual verifiable answers to these questions does not deter William Golding from tackling them all The most interesting aspect of this book is that it is mostly and almost entirely told from the perspective of a Neanderthal Golding s Neanderthals have a different culture, different speech, and [...]

  17. Okay, the first couple of chapters are rough, but I d encourage you to stick it out Imagine how difficult it must have been to write in a balance of modern English and presumed Neanderthal utterances The dialogue is appropriate but even some of the narration must include utterances For instance, picture here has several meanings memory, thought, idea, plan, etc but whether a character says I have many pictures or the text Mal had many pictures, it s this subtlety of Golding s definition of pictu [...]

  18. Golding s Neanderthals are insufferably innocent noble savage types who live in harmony with nature, refuse to kill animals for food and spend their time mooning around their Eden and generally being all touchy feely and pathetic return return Homo Erectus is much accurately drawn as a depraved and bloodthirsty carouser with a brainbox too big for his own good The story really picks up when the humans come on the scene Alas, too late return return Unfortunately I think Golding s execution of hi [...]

  19. Se podr a resumir esta novela como El se or de las moscas, del mismo autor, pero ambientado en la prehistoria claro, sin la bandada de chiquillos haciendo salvajadas, pero en contenido tiene en mayor o menor medida la misma esencia la reacci n de una especie en decadencia a lo desconocido y de la tara elemental de la humanidad, que consiste en destruir todo aquello que desconoce y que pueda atentar contra su supremac a Es la historia de el clan de Lok, un grupo de ocho neandertales que han exist [...]

  20. A book that has been on my reading list for several years now and that took on renewed urgency ever since I read Jared Diamond s Third Chimpanzee last year Finally, a few weeks ago, when we were driving through northwest Germany, the appearance of a sign pointing towards the Neander valley reminded me that Golding s book was still sitting on the shelf So, a showdown between Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens, set in the remotest reaches of human history and told from the point of view of the [...]

  21. It is hard to know what to make of this very odd book It is such a concept bookGolding is doing something very specific here and he does not deviate from it the whole thing is told from the point of view of a Neanderthal man, who has a limited brain capacity than a human being and so fails to understand things that humans would grasp pretty easily The Neanderthal main characters also have particular ways of making sense of the world, like conceptualizing memories or ideas as pictures that they [...]

  22. Hmmm When I heard about this book, I thought the concept sounded intriguing and, considering the pedigree of the author Nobel Laureate winning author of Lord of the Flies, William Golding , it seemed like I would be sure to enjoy it After reading The Inheritors , though, I m underwhelmed.The story, set some forty or fifty thousand years ago, concerns a chance meeting between a group of neanderthals and a group of humans at a time with the story being told almost exclusively from the perspective [...]

  23. A disappointment I do not know if it s because of the progress of recent scientific awareness of them or not, but this book was not a convincing piece The Neanderthals of this book such as they might be, seem to have a little telepathic awareness sharing pictures but are always being apparently hunted by some mysterious humans, who they stalk in turn, in order to attempt to free a couple of them who ve been captured But the bulk of the process of freeing them seems to be written up in a highly p [...]

  24. When he wrote this story William Golding took on a bigger task than perhaps he could accomplish successfully Most of it is told through the eyes of Lok, a Neanderthal man, who starts out as part of a small family and eventually begins to lose them one by one to new people he doesn t understand The new ones are Homo Sapiens.In telling the story through a character with limited intelligence Golding had to describe what the character saw using images interpreted by the character himself, who usuall [...]

  25. This book was a challenge I must admit it took me a good forty pages or so to adjust to the unique way in which Golding so skilfully uses the prose here Its not easy at times but it proves to be well worth the effort There is a real sense of authenticity in how Golding portrays the last of the Neantherthals and their desperate struggle to survive in a world that is becoming increasingly uncompromising and alien to them Golding manages to present these mysterious people with such a beautiful subt [...]

  26. William Golding imagines the world of the Neanderthal, during the moment in time when it is introduced to Homo Sapiens, and the consequences that ensue Golding will capture the reader s interest and heart with this gripping tale of a clan of Neanderthals and their daily struggle to survive Complicated by the urgent need to keep their fire lit because they do not know how to make fire , their lack of an evolved language, and the ever present dangers of the wild environment surrounding them, the l [...]

  27. I struggled a lot with The Inheritors because of its very confusing and obscure language Very often it is hard to understand the narrative, so I tended to get distracted The descriptions are also a big source of frustration, because they are often unclear or repetitive.I am very disappointed not to have enjoyed reading The Inheritors , because there are so many things about it that I like The author, to start with The story is in many ways touching and the main character Lok is extremely likable [...]

  28. Do you hate people and think they re all innately terrible Yeah, so does Golding The parallels to The Lord of the Flies were uncanny The main difference being that THAT book was at least readable Golding takes a creative plunge and shows us the world through the eyes of the last living Neanderthals another branch of the hominid line not our pre human ancestors He gets points for originality, but looses them when he proceeds to write a book without a comprehendable language Yep, not kidding Strug [...]

  29. from my book lover s journal at the time of reading About 20 minutes after confused reading of about the first 20pp, i felt their personalities finally It took time away from the words, away from the un commaed sentences, away from the alien quote attributions, away from I have a picture Still, i seem to lose them while reading I ll carry on though, it s intriguing, compelling, well written.After reading it all, it felt complete but still befuddling in its alienness Homo sapiens is foreign in th [...]

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