What is it with books that feature seemingly innocent children or teenagers commiting evil acts that disturb the mind of the common reader? Ian McEwan’s Atonement, William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, movies like Omen etc. are such and they went on to became bestsellers.
Riding on this theme is this book. The first ever book which contains a spoiler at introduction. It says:
The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea tells of a band of savage 13-year-old boys who reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimenal, and train themselves in a brutal callouness they call ‘objectivity’. When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship’s officer, he and his friends idealise the man at first; but it is not long before they conclude that he is in fact soft and romantic. They regard their disappointment in him as an act of betrayal…
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Here’s a link to the Reception Theory report I made for my CL 206 class last 2010.
The Great Gatsby – Report Outline in PDF format.
Presented for Eng242 under Prof. Thelma Arambulo.