HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Loading...

Lord of the Flies (original 1954; edition 1959)

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

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
34,00153319 (3.73)1 / 898
Member:Thulsa
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:Wishlist
Rating:
Tags:None

Work details

Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1954)

  1. 163
    Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (JGKC, Panairjdde)
    Panairjdde: Two books that explore the survival instinct of people, even at youg age, as fueled by fear and lust for violence
  2. 147
    The Giver by Lois Lowry (FFortuna)
  3. 82
    The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan (KayCliff)
  4. 50
    High-Rise by J. G. Ballard (bertilak)
    bertilak: Two books about 'civilized' people becoming tribal and violent. However, Ballard is a disinterested diagnostician and Golding is a moralist.
  5. 51
    A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes (pitjrw)
    pitjrw: Similar outlook on youth but a lot funnier and great description of a hurricane that plays the same role as the nuclear holacaust in Lord.
  6. 74
    The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (villanova)
  7. 30
    Friday and Robinson: life on Esperanza Island by Michel Tournier (yokai)
  8. 30
    Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: A more optimistic view of young people in a society of their own- I read this on my own from the school library a few years before Lord of the Flies was required reading, and it seemed much more reasonable to me.
  9. 31
    Under The Dome by Stephen King (sturlington)
    sturlington: Under the Dome is an adult version of Lord of the Flies.
  10. 20
    The Only Ones by Aaron Starmer (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: A world without adults with some differences and similarities.
  11. 42
    The Beach by Alex Garland (booklove2, mcenroeucsb)
    booklove2: The Beach is like Lord of the Flies for adults, starring adults.
  12. 20
    Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburō Ōe (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Kinder auf sich allein gestellt - was sagt es über die Gesellschaft aus?
  13. 10
    Queen of Stones by Emma Tennant (KayCliff)
  14. 43
    Robinson Crusoe [Norton Critical Edition] by Daniel Defoe (TomWaitsTables)
  15. 00
    Orphan Island by Rose Macaulay (KayCliff)
  16. 11
    After the Rain by John Bowen (edwinbcn)
  17. 11
    The Drifting Classroom, Vol. 1 by Kazuo Umezu (scotchpenicillin)
    scotchpenicillin: Comment des enfants confontés à une situation extraordinaire re-construisent un semblant de société...
  18. 11
    Here (away from it all) by Polly Hope (SomeGuyInVirginia)
  19. 00
    I'm the King of the Castle by Susan Hill (KayCliff)
  20. 12
    House of Stairs by William Sleator (MyriadBooks)

(see all 26 recommendations)

1950s (9)
Read (44)
1960s (112)
Unread books (1,035)
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

English (494)  Italian (8)  French (7)  Finnish (6)  Spanish (6)  Dutch (5)  German (3)  Danish (1)  Swedish (1)  All (1)  Catalan (1)  Hebrew (1)  All (534)
Showing 1-5 of 494 (next | show all)
I read this in high school, and remember finding it strange, intriguing, and complex. As an adult, I'm constantly discovering the critique Golding leaves through the characters. I will update this when I've read it again as an adult, in the next week. ( )
  AnikeKirsten | Apr 18, 2017 |
This book is about a group of school boys who got stranded on an island during the beginning of a world war. At first being without any adult supervision was the best thing that ever happened to them. But as their days go by and they are on the island they found out that it is more difficult to provide for themselves without adult supervision. The central message of the story was that the survival of the fittest always win. ( )
  jwedderburn | Mar 16, 2017 |
Good but I expected something better. You have to suspend belief regarding their behaviour considering the ages of the children, twelve and under. However, it did not seem too outlandish a premise and suspending belief is quite easy in a book. There is not much about island life, for example little detail on their huts or how they spent the first night etc. Time is only measured in the length of hair. For the most part it is about team dynamics, group think, leadership and the oftentimes stupidity of human nature. An allegory of course on the adult world. For me the best part was the (rather abrupt) ending when the goings on we're brought sharply into focus. ( )
  Lord_Boris | Feb 21, 2017 |
This book is quite violent, but is an excellent portrayal of the reality of human nature, and the possibility every person possesses for inherent evil. This is most definitely a book that should be read by older students, most likely 12th grade, as well as having parental permission before reading depending upon the school system. ( )
  alexishartline | Feb 5, 2017 |
Damn it! This storyline is pretty scary. A person could find so many symbolisms for life themes, but also I can just imagine real people eroding into these base versions of themselves in a situation like this. I'm sure this story helped to inspire many of our modern reads. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
Showing 1-5 of 494 (next | show all)
Good but I expected something better. You have to suspend belief regarding their behaviour considering the ages of the children, twelve and under. However, it did not seem too outlandish a premise and suspending belief is quite easy in a book. There is not much about island life, for example little detail on their huts or how they spent the first night etc. Time is only measured in the length of hair. For the most part it is about team dynamics, group think, leadership and the oftentimes stupidity of human nature. An allegory of course on the adult world. For me the best part was the (rather abrupt) ending when the goings on we're brought sharply into focus. ( )
 
Good but I expected something better. You have to suspend belief regarding their behaviour considering the ages of the children, twelve and under. However, it did not seem too outlandish a premise and suspending belief is quite easy in a book. There is not much about island life, for example little detail on their huts or how they spent the first night etc. Time is only measured in the length of hair. For the most part it is about team dynamics, group think, leadership and the oftentimes stupidity of human nature. An allegory of course on the adult world. For me the best part was the (rather abrupt) ending when the goings on we're brought sharply into focus. ( )
 
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)
 

» Add other authors (141 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
For my mother and father
First words
The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon.
Quotations
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.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
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.
Haiku summary
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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:22 -0400)

(see all 9 descriptions)

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)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 22 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.73)
0.5 44
1 330
1.5 58
2 706
2.5 137
3 2260
3.5 480
4 3647
4.5 376
5 2428

Audible.com

4 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 113,875,885 books! | Top bar: Always visible