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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