Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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G is for Golding. At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. Anything. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. And as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far from reality as the hope of being rescued. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies is perhaps our most memorable tale about “the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart.”

 

About William Golding

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Published July 27, 1959 by Perigee Books. 257 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Education & Reference, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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A review of a book as iconic as Lord Of The Flies should surely only offer comment, not mere description.

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A review of a book as iconic as Lord Of The Flies should surely only offer comment, not mere description.

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Examiner

This classic story entitled "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding about a group of school boys stranded on an island after their plane crashes shortly before the next world war is a fantastic character study of the human mind's descent into madness.

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Zimbio

I always thought Lord of the Flies was just a book about a group of young boys stuck on a desert island — but as is usually the case with esteemed classics it is so much more than that!.

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Ben Fenton 12 Apr 2014

I'd say 80% is my score. It's a good book, a great representation of society but just not quite engaging enough to really get a high score from me. Oddly, I prefer the GONE series!