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Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies (original 1954; edition 1959)

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

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Title:Lord of the Flies
Authors:William Golding
Other authors:E. L. Epstein (Afterword)
Info:Perigee Books (1959), Edition: Reissue, Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned, Use for Recommendations
Tags:general fiction, young adult

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1954)

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Excellent. Need to re-read it sometime. ( )
  LindaAcaster | Mar 8, 2015 |
In this book several British boys become stranded on an island when their ships crash. The book is set during a nuclear war in an untold time. The book has deep phycological and socialogical messages hidden inside it. The boys try to form order and government but when one of the boys, nick-named 'Piggy' dies things fall apart. The boys form a tribal clan and when a dead pilot falls from his broken fighter jet, they mistake it for a beast. The book is titled after a pig that Jack kills and names 'The Lord of the Flies'. After a few kids have died a naval officer comes to the island because the boys have started a fire. ( )
  iand.b4 | Mar 6, 2015 |
One of the deeply disturbing books I have read. ( )
  durgaprsd04 | Feb 25, 2015 |
Shockiŋ expoſé of ðe good savage myþ. ( )
  leandrod | Feb 10, 2015 |
I am doing this review in my English class. This book is a good book. Its exiting but it is hard to understand at times because of the hard grammar. It gives lots of detail and has the true nature of a human being. Evil does exist and it tells in this book. It may not be true but it could happen. I've only read three chapters of this book and what happens is interesting. With them crashing to grouping together from the conch and deciding who does what and who's in charge and thing. Being that Ralph blew the conch he was considered the chief. Trying to build a bot fire with dry dead plants didn't go as planed because it wasn't smoky enough like they planed. When they first found out there was pigs, they didn't kill it because jack got scarred for some od reason and he got away. Everyone when they found out people called Piggy, Piggy they all laughed because it was funny to them. Piggy didn't like it at all and he only told Ralph and ralph told everyone else. He wasn't happy with Ralph because Piggy told him not to tell anyone but he told everyone because Ralph thought it was funny. The name Piggy stuck with him because that's what everyone knew him as. I would recommend this book to a higher level reader because of the grammar. It is hard to understand at times, but it is a exiting book and is a good book. ( )
  PeterLickinPan | Jan 20, 2015 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
William Goldingprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Déry, TiborTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Epstein, E. L.Afterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jessurun d'Oliveira, H.U.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Perkki, JuhanaTranslatorsecondary 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.
Maybe there is a beast - maybe it's only us.
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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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Diverging lenses
To start a fire? Golding knew
Nothing of optics.

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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