Books: The Art of Darkness

THE SPIRE by William Golding. 215 pages. Harcourf, Brace & World. $3.95.

In his celebrated The Lord of the Flies, British Novelist William Golding neatly reduced human society to the scale of a few small boys on a castaways' island and briskly demonstrated that men are innately depraved and all social systems therefore doomed. Now, in The Spire, he symbolically sums up the works of civilization as a stone spire and all human consciousness as the exaltation, confusion and final despair of one lightheaded old churchman struggling to have the spire added to the...

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