Free Fall

ISBN: 0571062849
ISBN 13: 9780571062843
By: William Golding

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Somehow, somewhere, Sammy Mountjoy lost his freedom, the faculty of freewill 'that cannot be debated but only experienced, like a colour or the taste of potatoes'. As he retraces his life in an effort to discover why he no longer has the power to choose & decide for himself, the narrative moves between England & a POW camp in Germany.

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Ruth Hawe

Free Fall was a major influence upon me as a child, and I love the stream of consciousness style. I like to write spontaneously and intuitively myself, and think that the fresh rawness comes across. Polish and reworking is not in me, even down to leaving in typos as I don't want to go back in a different state of consciousness and mess with the muse ;)

Mark Lawrence

This is my favourite book. It isn't for the story - though that is very interesting - it isn't for the cleverness of the twist - though it is clever - it's because it represents a brief period of clarity when one of the great writers of our time really got to grips with the business of what being human is all about. Golding exercises a subtle genius here and just lays out truths for you. There aren't necessarily answers to accompany those truths, but he says what you know, in ways that you couldn't say it - and somehow it's comforting to know he has seen and felt what you have.This is a book written by a literary giant, and what you find here rather depends on what you bring and at what point in your life you arrive.Here are snippets from a passage that reached me - if they leave you cold then maybe come back later:My darkness reaches out and fumbles at a typewriter with its tongs. Your darkness reaches out with your tongs and grasps a book. There are twenty modes of change, filter and translation between us.[...]Deep calls out to deep. Our communion (communication) must of needs be imperfect for we are fallen creatures, yet we must of needs make the effort.[...]I tick. I exist. I am poised eighteen inches over the black rivets you are reading, I am in your place. I am shut in a bone box and trying to fasten myself onto white paper. The rivets join us together and yet, for all the passion, we share nothing but our sense of division..


السقوط الحر ..... وليام غولدنغ(نوبل 1983)من أعمق الأعمال الروائيه التى قرأتها فى حياتى وأكثرها احترافيه.عمل أكاديمى ممتاز .عمق إنسانى ملحوظ جدا ومحير.من الأعمال التى من الممكن ان تجد صعوبه فى فهمها طول ما انت تقرأها ولكن العجيب انك ستجد نفسك تنهيها . قد لا تجد متعه كبيره فىها ولكنك ستجد أثر عظيم على نفسك منهااللغه عمليه (وأكاديميه) ومحددهتفاصيل انسانيه بالغة الروعه والابداعلطالما رأيت فى أعمال الجوائز (وخاصة نوبل) عمق وتعقيد فنى بديعالأحداث مختلطه بصورة مذهله وتجدها فجأة بسيطه.

Sukumar Honkote

This is a great book written by a brilliant author. The first few pages are the finest I have ever read. This book explores the existential nature of the protagonist in terms of 'free' choices that he made. The reason I can't give this book 5 stars is that the language of the book is quite metaphorical and abstruse. While I enjoyed the writing, I found it difficult to be taken into the flow of the story. Some parts of the story seem to be over analyzed while some parts were underplayed. The usage of satire is quite brilliant. All in all it was a great read and I am glad I bought it. Probably years later when I read it again, I will get better insights.




An elegant exploration of the nature of human freedom.


I wonder, at times, how much we fool ourselves when we look back on past actions and reflect upon their consequences. How objective can we be, given that we have to face ourselves and the memory of what we've done every day that we have left on this Earth? "How do you live with yourself?" That's a question from an outside perspective, a question that can't be anything but rhetorical; what else is one to do?Here's a freaky question that I haven't delved into (more peeked at, the way Pandora might have before saying "Fuck it" and prizing the lid all the way): what kind of conclusions does a person with suicidal tendencies reach about his own actions? Does he always come up short?Sam Mountjoy, the narrator of this story, is looking for a moment in his life when he chose one way over another. With each memory, he asks, "Here?" and until late in the story, the answer is, "No. Not here." The closer he draws to this desired demarcation, the more he shows a thread of guilt that grows thicker with the telling. The moment, once revealed, goes into both the when and the what, the latter act delivered with the gravity of an inhuman crime.Golding's prose is dense and excellent, and while wrapped in its layers I could empathize with Mountjoy's queries and agonies. Once I took a step back, though, I felt like I did when I watched "Reefer Madness"--as in, no shit: Mary J makes you crazy enough to kill another person?In the case of Golding's book, I wonder if he wasn't contending with his own hang-ups about sex and love and relationships that have one without the other. Mind you, I'm not curious enough to look into this (not even on a wiki level); I do hope, though, that he didn't go through anything like his narrator. Guy really needs to chill out.


A man dissects his life in snatches, looking for turning points. I can't say it's a satisfying read as a whole, but there are plenty of moments of psychological and poetic brilliance.

Chris Earls

This is my second favorite book of all time. I like to think it was written about me!


از نظر من کتاب یه شاهکار مدرنیستی و بهترین اثر گلدینگ بود ولی اگه بخوام با توجه به ترجمه سهیل سمی نمره بدم مطمینا یک ستاره هم نمیگیره.کلا سمی همیشه بهترین کتابهای دنیا و کتابایی مشکل که هیچ کس جرات ترجمشون رو نداره ترجمه میکنه و نتیجه یه شیر بی دم و یال و اشکم از اب در میاد.ولی کتاب عالی بود

Kevin Fanning

Read this in college but don't remember a thing about it. I guess I must have liked it enough at the time, because I went on to read Pincher Martin and The Spire, both of which I liked, and still remember details of.

Aaron Anderson

It appears that 'existentialist literary fiction written in the 1950s', to quote somebody who said it was his favorite book, doesn't seem to be my thing.


Great book that explored how the main character realizes why he makes the decisions he now makes based on early childhood experiences. Great lines that are worth writing down for future use in life. Sometimes the structure was hard to follow but definitely worth it

سامية عياش

تبدو ترجمة هذه الرواية صعبة إلى حد ما، إنك تشعر طوال الوقت وكأنها ليست لغة عربية! لا أدري أين تكمل المشكلة تحديدا، لكن القفزات الهائلة بين الفكرة والفكرة، الفقزات بين الشخوص، والأحداث، الأمور المختلطة المتراكمة دون فهم، تجعلني أترك هذا الكتاب لوقت آخر، ربما أعود إليه لاحقا، حين أملك صبرا أكبر على قراءة ترجمة كهذه!


This is supposed to be autobiographical, about the author's wife's descent into madness. I read it a long time ago, but it was very powerful.

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