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Lord of the Flies Mass Market Paperback – Antique Books, December 16, 2003
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"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
About the Author
William Golding was born in Cornwall, England, in 1911 and educated at Oxford University. His first book, Poems, was published in 1935. Following a stint in the Royal Navy during World War II, Golding wrote Lord of the Flies while teaching school. It was the first of several works, including the novels Pincher Martin, Free Fall, and The Inheritors and a play, The Brass Butterfly, which led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983.
Lois Lowry is the two-time Newbery Award–winning author of Number the Stars,The Giver Quartet, and numerous other books for young adults.
Jennifer Buehler is an associate professor of educational studies at Saint Louis University and President of The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English.
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Review of the Penguin Great Books edition (ISBN 978-0-14-028333-4): As for this edition, I highly recommend it. The cover is well-designed aesthetically and functionally. The binding is tight, especially for a paperback. The deckle edges are a nice touch. The font type and spacing is quite nice, not too big or small, so that it can pack in the entire novel into 182 pages of fine-quality paper that might actually be acid-free, even if not lignan-free, versus versus Riverhead edition's acidic 272 pages. The only downside to this edition is that the margins are a bit narrow for someone like me who loves marginalia. But otherwise, I'd highly recommend this edition.
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Even though I own many paperback copies of this novel, I purchased Kindle versions to teach with this year because of the Word Wise feature. This novel has some very unfamiliar and challenging vocabulary for students, and Word Wise helps make the reading more enjoyable, as well as making it more accessible for my struggling readers.
This is one of those novels that will stick with you for a lifetime. I still remember a hundred years ago, when I read this as a high school student, how this book affected me, and the impact the ending had.
I highly recommend this novel! If you've not read it - well, it's time!
Why is this book impressive?-- because every part of it has meaning. The conch has meaning, how many times Ralph pushes his hair back, Piggy's glasses, the fact that Piggy remains nameless, the fact that Simon lives in a culvert: all of it. Not only that, the book as a whole is an allegory for society: with each main character of the book representing a major part of society. Moreover, the language in the book is precise, sophisticated, and elegant: meaning that although the book is only 200 pages, it is dense and smart. Rarely have I encountered books with this level of mastery.
As far as entertainment factor, this book was dark, adventurous, and had my attention for the whole thing. The book starts mid action, with the boys already crashed on the island. And, it doesn't take long after that before characters are clearly defined and strong emotion in the reader stirred.
My only critique with the book is with how it was transcribed into kindle format. Whoever typed this book for kindle made a few errors. For example, on page 231, the word "ulutation" is written, when it should be "ululation". I only noticed a few errors like this, and they were so few and minor that they didn't detract from the book.
On the all, a thought provoking book, entertaining, and we'll written.