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Lord of the Flies (Perigee) [Kindle Edition]

William Golding , E. L. Epstein
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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.

William Golding's compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first it seems as though it is all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious and life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death. As ordinary standards of behaviour collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them—the world of cricket and homework and adventure stories—and another world is revealed beneath, primitive and terrible.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.

"Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years." 
—Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

"As exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking now as it was when Golding published it in 1954."
Stephen King

Editorial Reviews Review

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


"Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years." 
—Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

"As exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking now as it was when Golding published it in 1954."
Stephen King

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

"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 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
"Sparely 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: 894 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books; Reissue edition (July 27, 1959)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399501487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399501487
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126 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A manual for societal behavior and expectations September 6, 2009
"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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A close look into the dark depths of the human heart January 2, 2009
I taught this book in my sophomore English class. I started each unit with a "free-for-all" day, an entire class period in which I said nothing, gave no instructions, and wore a sign that read "I'm closed for repairs." I did this with ten different classes and each time chaos ensued. As soon as students realized I was present but not really there, they tested the limits with what they could and could not do. Since I told myself that I would only break character if a student's well-being was at stake, the students quikly realized they could get away with a lot. Leaders emerged and some kids tried to be somewhat productive, but the outcome was always dismal and disturbing. One time all the desks were piled into one heap as if they were going to be a part of one giant bonfire. This was always an interesting introduction to the book since the students quickly made the connections when they started reading the book. I am a very positive person by nature and tend to see the best in people, so some of the truths in this book are hard for me to acknowledge. However, Golding hits us with the reality of our hearts smack dab between the eyes. This book is a fascinating read that will force you to look closely within your own heart while also reminding you to be a little more cautious when trusting other people's intentions.
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73 of 88 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst ebook formatting I've ever seen September 7, 2014
By J. Kulp
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Worst ebook formatting I've ever seen. I know they only charge $1.50 for it, but the publishers should still be embarrassed to put this abomination in the Kindle store. I would understand if this were something by an unknown self-published author, but for a book this famous I can't believe they wouldn't take the time to create a good e-book version. There is no styling, no publication information, and an inline table of contents at the top without any links to the chapters it references. There are also hundreds of arbitrary forced linebreaks in the middle of paragraphs, so that if you change the font size then huge parts of the book look terrible. Thankfully I know how to fix this kind of thing so my copy of the ebook looks fine now, but the publisher really should have a professional go through and clean this garbage up. Buyer beware.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic read. Got it for my son to prepare ...
Classic read . Got it for my son to prepare for high school.
Published 3 days ago by Doc Tot
5.0 out of 5 stars My neighbors are wondering.
Just like when I read it in school. Bought it for my son. Still the same story. On Saturday nights we act out the beach scene in the neighborhood. Read more
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Excellent piece of literature!
Published 5 days ago by Krystal Coston
2.0 out of 5 stars I personally didn't like the book
The book I read was Lord of the Flies by William Golding. It all takes place during the first World War, young boys are stranded on an island after their plane crashed. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Flies
Lord of the flies written by William Golding is a very interesting and controversy book. In some ways it remembers me of the movie called "Cast Away" that starred Tom Hanks. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Joshua
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply loved it. Very well written
Simply loved it. Very well written. Full of suspense and intrigued!! I would recommend it to anyone, especially yound adults. It leaves you mentally challenged.
Published 9 days ago by Rudy Valencia
4.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend it.
This book has been around for a while and I had never gotten around to reading it. It was interesting as it made me think about my own childhood in the small town I grew up in. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Sandra K Marsters
1.0 out of 5 stars Why are they still making school kids read this horrible book? I got...
Why are they still making school kids read this horrible book? I got this for my grandson's literature class assignment. It is just a terrible story.
Published 9 days ago by Nugget
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As poignant today as it was when written. Remove society's barriers and humans quickly devolve.
Published 9 days ago by Louis J. Baccino
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad quality though
Different cover than in picture. Not bad quality though.
Published 10 days ago by Enrica Kurkulis
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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 9 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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