Megan Smith, October 14, 2010 (view all comments by Megan Smith)
Great, classic dystopia read. I'm not one to get all into the symbolism of books and behind the time period and such. I just enjoy stories for what they are. The copy that I read was a 50th anniversary edition that had some additional comments at the end about the symbolism and whatnot. They were interesting, but just that.
I won't give a synopsis of the book because I'm sure lots of people have done that before me. I think the story was well done and fairly easy to follow. Some of the dialogue was confusing at times between multiple characters, but easily figured out. This book can easily be read without knowing the background of the time period it was written in, and without understanding the symbolism woven throughout the pages.
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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1st Perigee hardcover ed., [50th anniversary ed.].
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--now in a beautifully designed hardcover edition worthy of its stature.
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