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Lord of the Flies Mass Market Paperback – Antique Books, December 16, 2003
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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 the Library Binding edition.
"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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At times, I felt the author spent too much time poetically describing the setting. But regardless, it is good writing. It just doesn't flow the way a reader likes. Another interesting aspect of the writing was that the author will interrupt the characters to describe their micro expressions or how others were responding a quote. It was sometimes helpful in observing the stage, but it was also annoying at times.
I wish this book delved deeper into the concept of birthing civility and cooperation. I was almost expecting the lead characters to create a superstition out the "beast" and use fear as a tool to control the other kids. I figured there would have been more commentary on the dark potential of the human soul. But nope, here it is: darkness, sadness and violence. The end.
He was my favorite. Be represented higher intelligence and sensibility.