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Lord of the Flies (Perigee) by William…

Lord of the Flies (Perigee) (original 1954; edition 1959)

by William Golding, E. L. Epstein (Afterword)

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Title:Lord of the Flies (Perigee)
Authors:William Golding
Other authors:E. L. Epstein (Afterword)
Info:Perigee Books (1959), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 208 pages
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Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1954)

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Amazing book! Many students have to read this while in school at some point. This book is about a group of British schoolboys that get marooned on a tropical island. These boys are all of a sudden left with no adults to fend for themselves. In the beginning, the enjoyment of freedom took over. The boys played and explored the island together. It was peaceful at first then the group of British boys divided into two groups. One group tries to keep the rules and order from the life they once knew and the other group caves into every instinct and desire not caring how bad it is. While there are very dark parts of this book it deals with issues of humanity. Need to make children are ready for this book.

Comprehensive Strategy: Literature Circles would be good to pair with this book. I think students being able to talk through some of the issues that arise in the book is beneficial all the way around. I also think journaling and class discussions would go well with this book. ( )
  kafreehill | Dec 3, 2016 |
A group of boys, ages 6 to 12, revert to savagery after being stranded on a desert island with no adults to care for them or tell them what to do.

I don't know why they give Lord of the Flies to kids in grade school to read. I'm sure the reasoning is because the story has kids in it, but it's about the abrupt loss of innocence, which seems like a hard concept to grasp if you haven't left childhood behind.

The stranded boys don't become savages immediately after they shipwrecked on the isalnd. First, they try to govern themselves and organize means for getting food and signaling for help. Fear is what drives them to barbarism: fear of the beast, the other, the darkness that they eventually discover is inside them.

The final scene shows the surviving boys being rescued just before complete chaos -- and, quite possibly, total destruction -- descends. But who rescues them? Men at war. These men seem civilized with their clean uniforms and their rules, but we know now that the veneer covering savagery is woefully thin. And there is no one to rescue them. So Ralph weeps, not for what has happened to him so much as for knowing what is inside him, what he is destined to become. This is an adult insight, I think best appreciated by adult readers, so if you haven't read Lord of the Flies in a while, give it a reread. You may be surprised, as I was, at how complex a little book this is.

Stephen King has said that his writing was greatly influenced by Lord of the Flies, and the book appears prominently in his novels Hearts in Atlantis, Misery and Cujo. The name of Stephen King’s fictional small town, Castle Rock, came from the fictional fort by the same name in Lord of the Flies. Rob Reiner‘s production company, Castle Rock Entertainment, which took its name from King’s fictional town (the setting of Stand By Me) produced a film version of Lord of the Flies in 1990. ( )
  sturlington | Dec 2, 2016 |
The Lord of the Flies talks about a group of boys who survived from a plane crash. Led by a boy named Ralph, they tried to build a civilization in the unknown island but failed miserably. The book portrays the nature of humans through young boys, and shows that humans would do anything to stand for what they think is right.

The ending of the book, though, might disappoint the reader. No one believes Ralph’s story when he told them about what happened on the island. Furthermore, they thought it was just his imagination. The way the author tells the story seems so real and interesting, which is the strength of this book.

This book shows that people will show their true personality when they were put in difficult situation. Furthermore, the book teaches us that our enemy is our own self. Therefore, I highly recommend you to read this book because of its good story-line and lessons. ( )
  Diana-Kusnadi | Dec 2, 2016 |
A story of survival has been my top theme for books since I was a kid. William Golding really has all it takes to write a survival story. The Characters were made so that the reader can feel and understand the story very well. This story is all about some boys who were stranded on an island as the result of airplane crash. Ralph, a boy who soon became the leader of the survivors, start with a boy friend called Piggy, who later will be his best buddy. They gathered all the survivors and made groups with different task, Ralph as the leader for creating stuffs and Jack, one of the survivors, led the group for hunting. Everything was going as it is until one day Jack came up with an egregious mind that he wanted to be the leader of the whole so called group. They started to kill Ralph’s group slowly, starting from Piggy until the least from Ralph’s group. Jack started to hunt for Ralph, but luckily Ralph was able to hide until forcing Jack and the group to set up fire to burn everything in order to find Ralph. Until one time when Ralph found the naval army to rescue them as they saw that the forest was on fire that made they think that it was a signal.

The book has a big weakness for me as its ending is a bit disappointing as nothing really happen to Ralph first and he found the army already. In spite of that, the great thing about this book is that William Golding wrote the stories well and it was able to make me imagine the situation that happened in the story.

I would like to recommend this book to be read, for those who like a survival-themed story, some unpredictable things, and a great situations and emotions of story. I hope the book will make you feel the best as I did. ( )
  kevinekaputra | Dec 2, 2016 |
The lord of flies is a story with theme of survival, its a story about a group of student ride a plane and the plane crushed and they end up in an unknown land. They begin their survival by create a group and each member of group has different task, the group is lead by Ralph. After few days Jack, one of the member, feel that he the one that must be the leader not Ralph and Jack pursue other members to follow him and make their own group that Jake as a leader. The group become separate to two group, which Ralph group and Jack group. One day there is a soldier with parachute land in the island but the soldier is dead already, one of jack member tought it is a ghost because he just see the shadow and he tell to other member. They praise the dead body. Finally they got rescue but other student is dead because of Jack.

This book weakness is the ending of the story that is not good and finish only like that and for me it is like not interesting the ending because when they want to catch Ralph and finally the people come and rescue i think this is too simple to end like that. The good of this story is that how the author describe the situation and its feel so real for me to read and also the story is unpredictable and its make the story more interesting.

I recommend you to read this book because this book is a good book and interesting to read and the character emotion is shown also and this book will make you want to read. ( )
  hokialexandro | Dec 2, 2016 |
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There is no blinking the fact that this English schoolmaster turned novelist understands growing boys to the heart; one must go back to"High Wind in Jamaica" to find a comparable tour de force. The uneasy conviction persists that he despises the child who is father to the man-and the man as well. Homo sapiens needs all the friends he can find these days, in and out of novels.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times, William du Bois (pay site) (Oct 21, 1955)
"Lord of the Flies" is an allegory on human society today, the novel's primary implication being that what we have come to call civilization is, at best, skin deep. With undertones of "1984" and "High Wind in Jamaica," this brilliant work is a frightening parody on man's return (in a few weeks) to that state of darkness from which it took him thousands of years to return. Fully to succeed, a fantasy must approach very close to reality. "Lord of the Flies" does. It must also be superbly written. It is.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times Book Review, James Stern (pay site) (Oct 23, 1954)

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Golding, Williamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Akyol, ÖzcanForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Damsma, HarmTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davidson, AndrewCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Déry, TiborTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Epstein, E. L.Afterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grieken, Roderik vanAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jessurun d'Oliveira, H.U.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon.
His voice rose under the black smoke before the burning wreckage of the island; and infected by that emotion, the other little boys began to shake and sob too. And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.
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When Lord of the Flies appeared in 1954 it received unprecedented reviews for a first novel. Critics used such phrases as "beautifully written, tragic and provocative...vivid and enthralling...this beautiful and desperate book...completely convincing and often very frightening...its progress is magnificent...like a fragment of nightmare...a dizzy climax of terror...the terrible spell of this book..." E.M. Forster chose it as the Outstanding Novel of the Year. Time and Tide touched upon perhaps the most important facet of this book when it said, "It is not only a first-rate adventure story but a parable of our times," and articles on this and subsequent Golding novels have stressed these twin aspects of Golding: a consummate control of the novel form, and a superb all-encompassing vision of reality which communicates itself with a power reminiscent of Conrad.

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0399501487, Mass Market Paperback)

William Golding's classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, "the boy with fair hair," and Piggy, Ralph's chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island's wild pig population. Soon Ralph's rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted: "He forgot his words, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear on flying feet." Golding's gripping novel explores the boundary between human reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of adolescent competition. --Jennifer Hubert

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The classic tale of a group of English school boys who are left stranded on an unpopulated island, and who must confront not only the defects of their society but the defects of their own nature. Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought and literature. 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 has established itself as a true classic.… (more)

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