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Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies (1954)

by William Golding

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    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. 60
    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.
  4. 82
    The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan (KayCliff)
  5. 61
    A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes (pitjrw, Cecrow)
    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.
    Cecrow: Similar in theme, different in tone.
  6. 30
    Friday and Robinson: life on Esperanza Island by Michel Tournier (yokai)
  7. 74
    The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (villanova)
  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. 52
    The Beach by Alex Garland (booklove2, mcenroeucsb)
    booklove2: The Beach is like Lord of the Flies for adults, starring adults.
  10. 31
    Under The Dome by Stephen King (sturlington)
    sturlington: Under the Dome is an adult version of Lord of the Flies.
  11. 20
    Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburō Ōe (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Kinder auf sich allein gestellt - was sagt es über die Gesellschaft aus?
  12. 20
    The Only Ones by Aaron Starmer (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: A world without adults with some differences and similarities.
  13. 43
    Robinson Crusoe [Norton Critical Edition] by Daniel Defoe (TomWaitsTables)
  14. 10
    Queen of Stones by Emma Tennant (KayCliff)
  15. 11
    Here (away from it all) by Polly Hope (SomeGuyInVirginia)
  16. 11
    After the Rain by John Bowen (edwinbcn)
  17. 00
    I'm the King of the Castle by Susan Hill (KayCliff)
  18. 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...
  19. 00
    Orphan Island by Rose Macaulay (KayCliff)
  20. 12
    House of Stairs by William Sleator (MyriadBooks)

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'El señor de las moscas' es la primera y más célebre novela de William Golding. Como tema principal se puede decir que trata sobre la 'pérdida' de la inocencia, o tal vez sobre la maldad intrínseca en la más joven edad.

El argumento es popularmente conocido: Un grupo de niños de diferentes edades sobreviven a un trágico accidente aéreo y, sin adultos, deben luchar por sobrevivir. Sin dar intensos detalles sobre dicho suceso, ni tampoco sobre la vida anterior de los chicos, es como si la historia empezase justo en ese momento inicio. El autor no pierde el tiempo en ponernso en situación, nos deja ahí, perdidos como al resto de personajes, y poco a poco empieza a desvelar los detalles.

Personalmente esperaba que la novela fuera algo más de lo que en realidad ha sido. Exceptuando los últimos tres capítulos, el resto de la novela me parece bastante común y poco sobresaliente, a excepción de algún que otro pasaje bien narrado (sobre todo en las descripciones) y la riqueza del vocabulario. Supongo, pues que hay dos formas de leer 'El señor de las moscas': como una novela más o como un ensayo filosófico.

Como un ensayo, su lectura cambia. Vemos el cambio en cada uno de los niños al enfrentarse a todo tipo de peripecias. Cada uno lleva intrínseco en sí mismo ciertas cualidades que los diferencian de los demás: Ralph es el lider, Piggy la cabeza pensante, Jack el feroz antagonista, etc. ¿Podría verse como una distopía? Se corroborá que sí, pero no queda demasiado claro, porque realmente tampoco termina hondando en ningún tema, ni reflexionando propiamente dicho en nada.

No me ha desagradado, pero tampoco me ha entusiasmado. Se me ha caído completamente el mito que vivía alrededor de esta obra, considerada una obra maestra por muchos. Disfruté de su lectura, porque es amena y sencilla, pero la olvidaré con la misma facilidad. ( )
  MiriamBeizana | Dec 3, 2018 |
Read this for high school. It was a good book. ( )
  LVStrongPuff | Nov 29, 2018 |
ogni volta che penso a questo libro mi prende una sorta di melanconia.....
letto tanti anni fa ma ancora ricordo quasi tutti nomi dei protagonisti...non mi addentro nelle similitudini e trasposizioni che ha questo libro, basta leggere una delle innumerevoli recensioni online....,, ma e' un opera che tutti dovrebbero leggere, soprattutto a scuola ( si spera superiore)
destino arduo quello di un bimbo che non ha volto fidato da seguire.... ( )
  Mandane75 | Nov 16, 2018 |
ogni volta che penso a questo libro mi prende una sorta di melanconia.....
letto tanti anni fa ma ancora ricordo quasi tutti nomi dei protagonisti...non mi addentro nelle similitudini e trasposizioni che ha questo libro, basta leggere una delle innumerevoli recensioni online....,, ma e' un opera che tutti dovrebbero leggere, soprattutto a scuola ( si spera superiore)
destino arduo quello di un bimbo che non ha volto fidato da seguire.... ( )
  Mandane75 | Nov 16, 2018 |
Offers a deep commentary about the struggle of societal standards and the primitive nature of humans. Not the greatest writing, but the ideas as whole are intriguing and thought-provoking. The fact that the characters are kids also adds to the messages about true human nature. Good read. ( )
  dbaltrus20 | Nov 8, 2018 |
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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
Golding, WilliamAuthorprimary 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
Forster, E. M.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gregor, IanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grieken, Roderik vanAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jessurun d'Oliveira, H.U.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
King, StephenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kinkead-Weekes, MarkIntroductionsecondary 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.
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.

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 study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island.

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