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Lord of the Flies


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Kristina Mageau, August 12, 2012 (view all comments by Kristina Mageau)
The story that is frequently alluded to in many aspects of pop culture, the boys are full of complexity here. Reading this made me think about what humans are capable of, when they're faced with new and disastrous circumstances.
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ladymacbech, December 23, 2011 (view all comments by ladymacbech)
This book made my stomach churn the first time I read it in 1959, again in the'70's, and the last time I picked it up 10 years ago. It's very good, but it allows a more distinct violent version, than the youth gangs of today who might as well have been dropped from a high place, or maybe that's what's become of us. I do hope not. Gangs and cliques have always been around, and in sometimes more subtle ways, they were and still are very difficult. However, take a look at Washington and the current Congress to see it in simple action.
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Michael Moy, June 29, 2010 (view all comments by Michael Moy)
If you, unlike me, happened to live in a time, or grow up in school district, or had that one really good teacher/ mentor and read this book as required reading, you probably already know how good it is. And it is good in every way a book can be good. You also already know how essential it is. It tells truths in ways only fiction can. But, if you were unlucky enough to miss this book as a littlun as I did, you must start reading it today. And actually, if you have read it, you should probably read it again.
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Lonerwor, July 27, 2007 (view all comments by Lonerwor)
The first time I read this novel, I was extremely disturbed by the plot, but the more I read it, the more I got into it. It is a frightening allegory of innocence seduced by the sinster power of nature, and how it can turn you into something dangerous, and unexpected.

I could see myself reading it again, and again, and I would definitely recommend it to people who keep searching for something to believe in.
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waitingtoleave, February 9, 2007 (view all comments by waitingtoleave)
When I read this in my high school English class, my best friend and I were convinced "Lord of the Flies" was a religious metaphor, and everyone else thought we were crazy, until the teacher sided with us. I cannot emphasize how helpful it can be to read Messiah stories to question your own faith; this can be a chance to test your own beliefs, or if you aren't Christian, a great look at how Christianity uses themes that translate to great storytelling. The Bible is the most popular book of all time, you know!
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Golding, William
Perigee Books
Epstein, E. L.
New York, N.Y. :
Novels and novellas
British and irish
Adventure stories
Human relations
Moral conditions
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc.
Ethics -- Fiction.
Moral conditions -- Fiction.
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st Premium ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
July 1959
Grade Level:
from 12
7.26x4.80x.49 in. .27 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Review A Day" by , "Beyond the many biblical allusions and its searing parable of the folly of being human, Lord of the Flies is simply a cracking good adventure story....While the prose remains fresh and furious, with a nearly breakneck pace that sends the reader hurtling through its pages, Golding's theme of society's defects stemming from the nature of mankind is nothing less than timeless." (read the entire review)
"Review" by , "The most influential novel...since Salinger's Catcher in the Rye."
"Review" by , "Lord of the Flies [is my selection for The Book That Changed My Life] because it is both a story with a message and because it is a great tale of adventure. My advice about reading is to do a lot of it."
"Review" by , "[T]his 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 apprach very close to reality. Lord of the Flies does. It must also be superbly written. It is."
"Review" by , "Like any orthodox moralist Golding insists that Man is a fallen creature, but he refuses to hypostatize Evil or to locate it in a dimension of its own. On the contrary Beelzebub, Lord of the Flies, is Roger and Jack and you and I, ready to declare himself as soon as we permit him to."
"Review" by , "[S]parely 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."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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.

"Synopsis" by , The classic tale of a group of English school boys who are left stranded on an unpopulated island, and who must confront not only the defects of their society but the defects of their own natures.
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