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William Golding's Lord of the Flies (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations) Hardcover – March 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0791098264 ISBN-10: 0791098265

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  • Series: Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Blooms Literary Criticism (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791098265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791098264
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,807,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 10 Up?A solid tool for the study of William Golding's classic novel. Sixteen critical selections from both journals and books are arranged in chronological order by date of publication from 1961 to 1993. The examined topics, length and completeness of entries, and depth of analysis present a wide range of material. Articles selected by Bloom have not previously appeared in works easily accessible to most readers. There is little duplication with "Contemporary Literary Criticism" (Gale) or with "British Writers" (Scribners); both cover less ground. Clarice Swisher's Readings on Lord of the Flies (Greenhaven, 1997) includes two of the same critics, but Bloom's book has complete articles rather than excerpts. While some readers may struggle with these selections, the book is an excellent resource.?Gail Richmond, San Diego Unified Schools, CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Each attractive volume presents recent essays by noted critics who examine in detail aspects of a single literary work...Highly recommended for academic collections."

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Simon is the most complicated character in Golding's novel.
Sissy Sue
Even within a relatively short amount of time, the amount of mental growth the characters go through is believable considering the circumstances.
I had the pleasure of reading Lord of the Flies in my freshman year of high school and would recommend it to every high school reader and above.
S. Hermes

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sissy Sue on July 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my favorite books. At the beginning, we are told little of the world war that has led to the evacuation of these English schoolboys and the subsequent crash of their airplane on a remote tropical island, where they are left to fend for themselves, all adults having been killed.

12-year old Ralph is the first to emerge from the jungle undergrowth. Then, Piggy joins him. When they find a conch shell on the shore, Ralph blows it, which brings the other boys, including the choir, led by Jack. At first, the boys attempt to set up a democratic society. Ralph is elected "chief," and the conch shell is used to call assembly when decisions are required. Piggy's spectacles are used to raise a fire for rescue and roasting the wild pigs that are found in abundance on the island. Other than their isolation from the world, their greatest worry is the rumor of a beast on the island. However, as days go by, the island paradise crumbles as Jack challenges Ralph's leadership. By the end of the book, the island is in flames, two boys have been murdered, and Ralph is running for his life.

Although the boys range in ages 6 to 12, this is not a children's book. Indeed, the portrayal of their island society, degenerating from order to chaos and destruction, is so brutal that I'd probably not consider it for readers under 10. And yet, its theme of human nature and its predilection for violence and savagery is too important to overlook. This book should be required reading in every high school and college, because the characters are too well known to us, too much a part of our history and experience.

It would also be a mistake to think that the book implies that children are savages more brutal than their adult counterparts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shabbir Anjum Sr. on February 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Lord of the Flies, a book that William Golding had written in response to a book that had come out during the 1950's that was about a group of young boys who had become stranded on an island and lived happily till someone came and rescued them. Golding firmly believed that this scenario of joy would never occur in real life if a group of boys had become stranded on an island and his Lord of the Flies tells the story of such a tale.
The book starts off with a group of young British school boys. They realize that they are stranded on an island with no elders and at first life is as good as it will get but after a while barbarianism sets in and a tale of murder, warfare, and cruelty is opened up.
The book personally did not pull me towards it as strong as i thought it would have. I thought the characters were very well developed by Golding but there wasn't enough dialogue between them. The four main characters in the book are , Ralph, Jack, Piggy and Simon. Jack is the only one cf the characters who changes drastically from the beginning becoming more and more barbaric as the novel progresses. Plus you cant really sense the amount of time that has passed from the beginning of the novel to its end. Also i think the extent to which the boys went barbaric was out of reality. Boys at 12 yrs old probably wouldn't have killed a couple of the other boys..maybe one the most and most likely by accident.
The book i think is best for classes to show how kids react to the absence of adult authority. The book I think becomes a bore and I felt like i could care less about what happens to Piggy or Ralph. It seemed to drag at times when i was reading it.

I'll rate it a 3/5 because it showed how much kids could change and it was interesting to see how there could be two very different parties on an island of stranded boys. But it seemed to drag at times and was never successful in making me read more and more as other novels have done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 1999
Format: Library Binding
I bought this book a year ago and I only read it now because I was so busy at school, but now is our vacation and this is the first thing I've done. I'm sixteen and I have to read the book twice. The first time I read it, I already liked it. The good point of the book is that I can very well relate to the characters. I felt sympathy for all of them even for Jack. It is realistic in the sense that that is how boys act. But when the other boys hunt or turn into savages are not quite realistic, I think that it is where the author and the reader's creativity and understanding should come out. I think that he put this attitude to the boys to add more color and he really meant to exaggerate it so we can see it clearly. My favorite thing is that the author is very creative in writing and he expresses and describes everything with colors. I suggest that if you read this book, you should try to visualize, imagine and picture every detail of what the author writes so you would appreciate the book more. Try to put yourself in the scene. Because the book is not really more on the plot but on how everything felt. How it is like to be in that place, how does it felt when you were told you were like that. I must also say that it is very touching how the young boys seem so young but still they think and understand. They feel and see things and resolve it. Some says that the end is quite disappointing and I was also a bit disappointed but I think that's where our imagination will take place and it's up to us to put the resolution. Though I have to read the book again because I feel that I am missing something out.
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