- Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reissue edition (December 16, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399501487
- ISBN-13: 978-0399501487
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. I still read it every couple of years."
—Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games trilogy
"I finished the last half of Lord of the Flies in a single afternoon, my eyes wide, my heart pounding, not thinking, just inhaling....My rule of thumb as a writer and reader—largely formed by Lord of the Flies—is feel it first, think about it later."
"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
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I'm not saying it's a bad book. Seeing the kids attempt to rebuild society was enjoyable, and the last 20 pages or so were fantastic. But Golding has a lot of tics that make reading this book annoying at times. For one, his characters repeat dialogue over and over again. It seems intentional, meant to prove a point about people, but it doesn't make it less annoying. The main character also has an annoying habit of forgetting what he was going to say in the middle of speaking.
All in all, I say the Lord of the Flies is a good book, just not a great one.
Lots of school children find themselves stranded on a deserted island and, in the absence of adults, quickly elect a chief, delegate jobs and make some rules in order to keep them all alive until they are rescued. But, as with human society everywhere, the lack of basic needs and the addition of fear turns this fledgling society on its head, and the children aren't children any longer. The ending came very abruptly, and mercifully so - it was like waking up from a disturbing dream.
The Lord of the Flies didn't give me the same rush as 1984 did, but I didn't expect it to. The book teaches you that there is no such thing as a good or bad person, or even childhood innocence. It blurs the lines between play-fighting and real fighting. Very thought-provoking.