This title comes with an introduction by Ronald Blythe. This is the second volume of William Golding's Sea Trilogy. In a wilderness of heat, ... Show synopsis This title comes with an introduction by Ronald Blythe. This is the second volume of William Golding's Sea Trilogy. In a wilderness of heat, stillness and sea mists, a ball is held on a ship becalmed halfway to Australia. In this surreal, fete-like atmosphere the passengers dance and flirt, while beneath them thickets of weed like green hair spread over the hull. The sequel to Rites of Passage, Close Quarters, the second volume in Golding's acclaimed sea trilogy, is imbued with his extraordinary sense of menace. Half-mad with fear, with drink, with love and opium, everyone on this leaky, unsound hulk is 'going to pieces'. And in a nightmarish climax the very planks seem to twist themselves alive as the ship begins to come apart at the seams. "It tells an utterly absorbing tale, in language of immense force and subtlety". (Financial Times). "No living writer has represented the fragility of man's experience so marvellously as Golding". (AS Byatt). "A stunning piece of writing, as exciting as any thriller". (Sunday Times).