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Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies (original 1954; edition 2003)

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

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The classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island.
Title:Lord of the Flies
Authors:William Golding (Author)
Other authors:E. L. Epstein (Afterword)
Info:Penguin Books (2003), Edition: Reissue, 224 pages
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Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1954)

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    Panairjdde: Two books that explore the survival instinct of people, even at youg age, as fueled by fear and lust for violence
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    The Beach by Alex Garland (booklove2, mcenroeucsb)
    booklove2: The Beach is like Lord of the Flies for adults, starring adults.
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    Under the Dome by Stephen King (sturlington)
    sturlington: Under the Dome is an adult version of Lord of the Flies.
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    The Only Ones by Aaron Starmer (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: A world without adults with some differences and similarities.
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    wordcauldron: Maze Runner has a feeling of Lord of the Flies, except it's a controlled experiment and, therefore, orchestrated.
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  JaqJaq | Jan 7, 2022 |
I'm glad for those who enjoyed this book. I've read it by recommendation but I didn't like it very much. Maybe if I had read it as a kid I would have enjoyed it a lot more. ( )
  Morcys | Dec 29, 2021 |
A simple story of group of boys left stranded on an island. The story does not have many twists and turns and as such is not very interesting if you are looking for thrill or suspense. However, the story captures the behavior of children beautifully.
You feel sympathy and love for Ralph and Piggy and Sam'n'Eric. You even fall in love with Jack till the end of the book when Jack turns crazy about hunting. Then you start to hate Jack. You don't want any of them to die, but eventually some of them do and it makes you feel sad. When hunters get their first kill, or when boys succeed in making a fire you feel elated. You are even scared when the kids talk about their nightmares and when they discover a beast in the jungle, but the emotion is short lived and you are thrown into the realities. And just when you are enjoying the emotional roller-coaster, the story ends, just like that.
The ending was sudden and you don't expect the book to end where it ends. Somehow, it looks like the author was out of ideas and wanted to end the story as quickly as possible.
The language is sometimes difficult to understand, and there are parts in the book where you can not understand who is speaking. The kids are British and they talk British. You sometimes don't understand the meaning of some of their expressions (specially if you are not British), but overall the book leaves a good impression on you.
I wanted to give 4 stars to this book, but due to the sudden and unexpected ending and the confusion in the dialogues in some parts of the book, I am compelled to give 3 stars. ( )
  BeingKejo | Nov 10, 2021 |
This book follows a group of British school children who are shot done on an island. Three kids are left in charge because they find a conch shell that can summon the other kids to assemble a meeting. These kids are Piggy and Jack, with the third being Simon and the antics of kids trying to establish a workable society without adults ensue. This book is good for kids to put them in the eyes of the kids with use of imagery and Figurative Language. ( )
  ORB002 | Nov 5, 2021 |
Theres a reason why this book is taught in so many schools across the world. It’s simply a classic. It’s timeless. When we read it in school, a lot of people were bored; however, many people (such as myself) were drawn in from the very first word. It may appeal to a more specific group of people than a lot of other books, but for that group of people it is one of the best books of all time. The book juxtaposes Ralph vs. Jack. The good vs the evil. Civilization vs anarchy. Rationality vs. emotion. The concept of a group of young boys governing themselves is extremely intriguing. The book serves as a microcosm of society itself. Societies defects are due to human nature. These schoolboys were innocent and pure, yet they made the descent into savagery. ( )
  HaydenC123 | Nov 5, 2021 |
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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
Buehler, JenniferContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carvalho, AdamsCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Damsma, HarmTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davidson, AndrewCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Déry, TiborTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Donini, FilippoTranslatorsecondary 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
Kinkead-Weekes, MarkIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lowry, LoisForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lowry, LoisAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miedema, NiekTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Niepokólczycki, WacławTranslatorsecondary 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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The classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island.

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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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