Rites of Passage
Sailing to Australia in the early years of the nineteenth century, Edmund Talbot keeps a journal to amuse his godfather back in England. Full of wit and disdain, he records the mounting tensions on the ancient, sinking warship where officers, sailors, soldiers and emigrants jostle in the cramped spaces below decks.
Then a single passenger, the obsequious Reverend Colley, attracts the animosity of the sailors, and in the seclusion of the fo'castle something happens to bring him into a "hell of degradation," where shame is a force deadlier than the sea itself.
Winner of the 1980 Booker Prize
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing
The main character is travelling from England to America, and in his letters home details ship life and his fellow passengers. I tried to read this several times, but just couldn't get into it. I'm just too tired of self-satisfied, naive prigs. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Kristelh - LibraryThing
This novel is a seafaring story that is told through a journal written by a young man, Edmund Talbott, off to serve in government in Australia. It also contains a letter written by the Parson Coffey ... Read full review