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Lord of the Flies (Perigee) [Kindle Edition]

William Golding , E. L. Epstein
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,830 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Before The Hunger Games there was Lord of the Flies



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.







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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 most influential novel...since Salinger's Catcher in the Rye." 
-- Time

"Lord of the Flies [is my selection for The Book That Changed My Life] because it is both a story with a message and because it is a great tale of adventure. My advice about reading is to do a lot of it."
-- Stephen King, for the National Book Foundation, The Book That Changed My Life

"[T]his 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 emerge. Fully to succeed, a fantasy must approach very close to reality. Lord of the Flies does. It must also be superbly written. It is." 
-- The New York Times Book Review
 
"[S]parely and elegantly written...Lord of the Flies is a grim anti-pastoral in which adults are disguised as children who replicate the worst of their elders' heritage of ignorance, violence, and warfare." 
-- Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books

Product Details

  • File Size: 378 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0571191479
  • Publisher: Perigee; Reissue edition (July 27, 1959)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OCXIRG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,962 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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97 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a book August 27, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
William Golding wrote this book as a response to "Coral Island," in which a group of boys shipwrecked on an island make Christians out of cannibals, hunt pigs but do not spill blood, and are cheerfully rescued. Obviously, Lord of the Flies is much more than an adventure story about good little boys. It is an exploration into the darker side of man and the true source of the "beast," or Devil.

Meet Ralph, who represents sanity, common sense, and the conscience of man; Jack, who loves nothing more than hunting, blood, and power, and who Freudians might say embodies the Id; Piggy, who personifies intelligence, logic, and reason; and Simon, who discovers the true nature of the beast and represents a ray of hope for mankind.

I love this book because contained in less than 200 pages is an insight into human nature and the failings of society. When you read this, be prepared not only to examine the book and all its symbolism but yourself and your civilization.
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105 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A manual for societal behavior and expectations September 6, 2009
Format:Paperback
"Lord of the Flies" is singularly the most important novel for required reading, whether assigned in school or self-imposed. It regularly appears as number one on my own list of best books.

Let's play "What if." What if a plane carrying a full load of school boys crashes on a deserted island with no adult survivors? What would happen to those boys? What would you expect to happen?

William Golding works with this premise: an idyllic setting, innocent schoolboys. One boy, an older boy just short of teenage years, a boy with fair hair, assumes leadership to stir the others into some semblance of organization and survival mode, much like adults would do if adults were present. He also saw a need to defuse the web of fear of the younger ones. Where are we? How long will we need to wait before someone comes for us? All questions with no answers at this time.

Ah, yes, Golding tells us, everything goes well for a while. But remember the "scar" made by the crashing plane? Something ugly is on this island (but it's not the scar). It's in the bushes, in the dark, in the depths, in the depths of hearts, and it grows like the malignancy it is.

A blatant revelation of what is about to come occurs when Roger silently and stealthily watches a young'un, unbeknownst to the little child. All the young'un is doing is running a stick through the sand, disturbing a crab in a tiny pool of water. Even he imposes control and fear on a helpless creature as Roger boldly picks up a couple of rocks and tosses them the youngster's way. He deliberately misses but comes closer with each throw. Next time he will probably hit the young boy, but not yet. This taboo--deliberately and unnecessarily causing pain to one smaller than you--has not been broken--yet.
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65 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Human Nature through the eyes of William Golding March 17, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
With this his first novel, author William Golding wrote a novel that he could never surpass in greatness. Lord of the Flies is a novel about our human nature. Too often I think, people jump to quick conclusions about the book and Golding's stand on human nature. "His stance is too pessimistic" or "That books really gross." What these people fail to realize is that Golding tried to paint a picture of human nature as he saw it. He wasn't making things up, I don't think he was particularly angry, he wrote Lord of the Flies to expose people to the atrocities that he witnessed in World War II.
One of the largest underlying principles in Lord of the Flies is of course, human nature. William Golding gives the reader three interesting characters to analyze: Jack, Piggy, and Ralph. It's quite apparent as you read the novel that Golding must have read a little Sigmund Freud before writing Lord of the Flies. Let's start with Jack. Jack is the definite Id on the island. He wants to survive but he also wants to eat meat and have fun. Jack is clearly unable to control these urges and in turn has a pretty large influence on the other boys on the island. Piggy is the definite Superego on the island. Piggy is always referring to "well my auntie..." and always finds an excuse not to do something. Piggy has no intentions of satisfying his id, and in turn influences only Ralph and Simon. Ralph on the other hand, takes the middle road. He is clearly trying to find a way to satisfy his id, but he can't seem to find one. Take what he said in chapter eight for instance: "...Without the fire we can't be rescued. I'd like to put on war-paint and be a savage. But we must keep the fire burning...
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56 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humanity tooth and nail July 19, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If not for anything else, William Golding's LORD OF THE FLIES (1954) is remarkable for having come out at a time when Western society was being bombarded with visions of totalitarian nightmares. The Nazis were gone, but still in modern memory. Russia's totalitarian state was a constant threat. McCarthyism hovered over everyone's privacy, as did J. Edgar Hoover. And recent fiction, like Aldous Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD and, especially, George Orwell's 1984 presented world views where the human spirit is all but squelched by governments and technologies.
LORD OF THE FLIES, in its own way, says, "Hold on a second! Humans do need to be regulated. And they do need to protect themselves from each other." His tale is a warning: Humanity, without government, will degenerate into savagery and anarchy. And that is precisely what happens in this book. You know the plot, by now. But what has to be mentioned is that William Golding is a visionary who has the story-telling mastery to convey and do justice to that vision. LORD OF THE FLIES is a remarkable and powerful book, one that should be on everyone's bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic and must read story of human nature
Human nature left to its own devices - that is what a group of surviving children must endure, as time progresses so does their animal instincts. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Joshua Espinales
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
I picked this up for my children to expose them to the classics. What a pleasant surprise it was to reread it myself and find that I enjoyed it just as mubh after 25 years.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Want my money back!
I was getting this book for my daughter for a school assignment. The description of the book was that it was in good condition. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the flies
Got this for my niece because she needed it for school. It is just as she expected it to be, it works for her.
Published 8 days ago by Roxy
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I really loved this book. I had to read it for school but I ended up liking it... I recommend it
Published 10 days ago by trinity Veracruz
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Lord of the Flies is one of those books everyone should read no matter what kind of books you like. The story will stick with you for a long time and there is a timeless message... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Morgan Floyd
5.0 out of 5 stars oops this was meant for the study guid review
Although I thought it was condensed nicely, it had grammatical errors and in attributing actions to certain characters, confusing the Ralf and Robert character OK for goodness... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Very good very good indeed. A lot to mull over. I can see why it's required reading in schools. Good in deed
Published 14 days ago by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars good
I am currently reading this. it is very good I think everyone should read this book. It is a classic
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Flies
I picked this rating due to the overall quality. This novel is basically a masterpiece of literature that has truly lasted the test of time. Read more
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Born in Cornwall, England, William Golding started writing at the age of seven. Though he studied natural sciences at Oxford to please his parents, he also studied English and published his first book, a collection of poems, before finishing college. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II, participating in the Normandy invasion. Golding's other novels include Lord of the Flies, The Inheritors, The Free Fall, Pincher Martin, The Double Tongue, and Rites of Passage, which won the Booker Prize.

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Inappropriate material for 7th/8th Grade?
I'm gonging to be a freshman next year and was assigned LOTF for summer reading, I honestly think it is a GREAT book for our age group. If you just read the book with little interpretation you can still pass and get OK grades, but if your a higher level reader you can look at the book and see... Read more
Aug 21, 2007 by Nathan Woodward |  See all 29 posts
Am I the only one who doesn't like it?
When you say you don't like it, what you mean is that you don't like the chapter summaries you read online. Of course you don't like these--they aren't meant for enjoyment, they are meant for basic (and sometimes incorrect) facts of the plot and other people's interpretations of symbols,... Read more
May 19, 2008 by anonymous |  See all 10 posts
what if lord of the flies had only girls on the island?
I believe that due to the restrictions that society forces upon girls, it would take a longer time for the meltdown of society. However, I do believe that in the end it would have pretty much the same results. Consider the Milgram experiment(look it up). The results were astounding, but it was... Read more
Oct 28, 2010 by Gunsang |  See all 8 posts
I don't understand
does the majority of humankind tend to be alone or surrounded by people? it's within our nature to want to be near another person. that's why they stuck together, simple as that.
Jan 10, 2008 by M. Perry |  See all 4 posts
Never read in school, worth reading as an adult?
Oh yes, very much so. Especially since I don't think it is a childrens book. Or it's a Childrens book in the way Animal Farm is. So definitely read it.
Dec 22, 2005 by M. Buisman |  See all 6 posts
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