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Lord of the Flies (original 1954; edition 1959)

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

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Member:jrissman
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
Rating:****
Tags:general fiction, young adult

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1954)

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    sturlington: Under the Dome is an adult version of Lord of the Flies.
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Kids suck ( )
  kemilyh1988 | Jan 16, 2017 |
Though this book at first seemed overly descriptive and slow-paced to me, I found myself deeply invested in the characters and trying to figure out what the next logical progression in their lives would be. Some of this is predictable, but not all. There is much symbolism in the novel that I have not yet begun to fully flesh out, but I find it notable that often times, such symbolic novels are incredibly un-enjoyable as stories in their own right. This book is absolutely readable and wonderful both in its purest literal sense and on a deeper plane of thought. I find it unsurprising that its influence has only grown over time. ( )
  quaintlittlehead | Jan 15, 2017 |
Although I knew the story, I couldn't recall having ever read the book, and decided to rectify the omission. This is a stunning tale of the savagery that lies just beneath the surface, and just what can happen when our rationality is stripped away from us. Lord of the Flies is terrifying, compelling, and merits serious further thought and consideration, apparently in an age which seems to be straying ever further from the rational and sane.

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  Bill_Bibliomane | Dec 31, 2016 |
Compared to other books I’ve read, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a book that should be recommended to students. This book is really good, especially for students who possess high curiosity and like adventures. In addition, you might find reflections as you read the book.

As I read, I found out that this book is really good for students. The book’s plot is clear and well organized. It allows readers to keep focused on the story and curious to know what the next story is. Though you might find some new words, the book denotes stories in simple sentences. This helps you to figure out some important words you should know.

Though you might be curious in some of the stories, you might find some predictable and boring parts. Therefore, this might be one of the weaknesses of the book. The thing is that as you read you should be able to imagine it and think pensively as you read.

The conclusion is that this book is really good to read and I recommend this book for students. Don't hesitate to read this book. ( )
  Reynaldi_Alexandro | Dec 8, 2016 |
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 |
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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
Miedema, NiekTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Perkki, JuhanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smolka, DieterHerausgebersecondary 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.
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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.

AR Level 5.0, 9 Pts.
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Diverging lenses
To start a fire? Golding knew
Nothing of optics.
(thorold)

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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