In the cabin of an ancient, stinking warship bound for Australia, young Edmund Talbot writes a journal to entertain his godfather, a highly placed nobleman, back in England. With wit and disdain he records mounting tensions on board, as an obsequious clergyman attracts the animosity of the tyrannical captain and surly crew.
The ship is an ancient vessel that had served during the Napoleonic wars but now carries passengers, those of the higher rank above and the lower classes below decks, along with a crew of naval officers. Among these officers are Captain Anderson.
Author: William Golding
Title: Rites of Passage
Series: To the Ends of the Earth
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