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William Goldman's The Temple Of Gold (2001, original release: 1957)


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Published: New York : Ballantine Books, 2001
Edition:  First Ballantine Books edition
Description:  xiv, 205 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 0345439740, 9780345439741, 9780345439741,
Language:  English

"With a new introduction by the author"--Cover

Ray Trevitt is coming of age in the American Midwest of the late 1950s. Handsome, restless, eager to live life and to find his place in the world, Ray hurtles headlong through a young man's rite of passage, searching for answers and somewhere to belong. What he discovers is that within friendships and love affairs, army tours and married life, victory and tragedy, lie the experiences that will shape his destiny, scar his soul, and ultimately teach him profound lessons he never expected

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Coming of Age

Here's a teaser.  What is the greatest coming of age book that you have ever read? Some will argue J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. Some will argue Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Other readers that are not part of the Baby Boom Generation might choose Stephen Chbosky's Perks of Being a Wallflower. All sound choices. Each profound and still relevant. This probably explains why we still have 6 copies of each in our collection. However, there is another classic that never seems to get its fair amount of attention.

Attend to this: William Goldman is a two-time Academy Award winning American novelist, screenwriter, and playwright. Author of 16 novels, many of which have been adapted to film; today Goldman might best remembered for Princess Bride (1973) or Marathon Man (1974). In 1957 he published his first novel, Temple of Gold - and for over 50 years, I still recommend it to reader's of all ages.

This novel is only about 200 pages long. The setting is in the Midwest during late '50's.  Some of the fashions are a bit dated, but there's no doubt that in chapter one when Ray Trevitt begins his story:  " . . . My father was a stuffy man . . " a young person is about to come of age and his story still needs to be heard. . .even today.
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