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Complaints about its flaws as a historical novel, about "silly slips," about a need "to get the history right" (Green 12), and its "occasional anachronisms" and "minor mistakes" (Lefkowitz) are nigglingly irrelevant to Golding's thematic interests and generic ambitions.
When the golf was sensible, Parry was so nigglingly steady that he had the Frenchman on edge.