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Lord of the Flies

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Lord of the Flies
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Few works in literature have received as much popular and critical attention as Nobel Laureate William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Since its publication in 1954, it has amassed a cult following, and has significantly contributed to our dystopian vision of the post-war era. When responding to the novel's dazzling power of intellectual insight, scholars and critics often invoke the works of Shakespeare, Freud, Rousseau, Sartre, Orwell, and Conrad. Golding's aim to "trace the defect of society back to the defect of human nature" is elegantly pursued in this gripping adventure tale about a group of British schoolboys marooned on a tropical island. Alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, devoid of adult supervision or rules, the boys attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin, and evil. Part parable, allegory, myth, parody, political treatise, and apocalyptic vision, Lord of the Flies is perhaps the most memorable tale about "the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart". When they are marooned on a deserted island, a group of English schoolboys soon lose their civilized ways.

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Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, 1999
ISBN: 0140283331
9780140283334
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC G
Characteristics: viii, 182 p. ; 22 cm.

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We read this book for our March meeting - it's haunting!


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Sep 05, 2014
  • redban rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

so much for Rosseau's Noble Savage.

Aug 22, 2014
  • violet_horse_933 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved it. The symbolism showed great depth of the story and how the British school boys progressed from innocent to savages.

Jun 29, 2014
  • sakib_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

awesome
book!

Jun 27, 2014
  • yellow_panda_412 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It was a good book.

Jun 22, 2014
  • TSUKUANYANG rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The ratings and comments vary soo greatly... It's either they love it or hate it OR some are deeply disturbed by it.
It's like those five stars or no star movies, nevertheless it's a heard-of-classic and I'm set on reading it even though there is 8 holds on seven copies.
I've have now read this book... it... it is what the guy said above 'too creepy for my taste'... a well-written foul-plotted book. A star for your disturbing classic on human savagery, Mr.Golding, but nothing more thanks for putting a bleak representation of the world today.

Apr 19, 2014
  • vkondrak rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Too creepy for my taste...

Apr 09, 2014
  • Doctor_10101 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I didn't understand anything in the beginning, but as the story progressed I began to see the parallels between the settings and the characters with our world. Very disturbing, though written superbly.

Sep 06, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

creeepy...*shudder*

Sep 05, 2013
  • evanmfowler rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not a bad book all-in-all. A great book on government and the social contract.

Sep 02, 2013
  • Sofiavo rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't really read it because it's from, like, the 80s and its really confusing. I like the idea of the book though

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Jul 17, 2014
  • Bubblechau rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Jun 14, 2014
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Sep 06, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Sep 05, 2013
  • evanmfowler rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Jul 11, 2013
  • platypus101 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Oct 13, 2012
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Jun 26, 2012
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Jun 04, 2012
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Jun 29, 2014
  • sakib_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

golding reenacts WWII in this book by showing how many young boys crash down into a mysterious island in a plane,and revert to savagery as their hope of survival

Jul 11, 2013
  • platypus101 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A number of English school boys suffered from a plane accident causing them to get stranded in an uninhibited island. The period was maybe during the World War II. Trying to be civilized, they elected a leader for themselves as well started the division of tasks (hunters, fire-watchers, etc). Things turned bad when there's a power struggle between the group leaders, worsened by various sightings of a monster in the island. No, don't think about "Lost" because this is way different.

This novel is about a group of young English boys who miraculously survived a plane crash. They are all alone in this mysterious and inhabited island of lagoons, cliffs, hills, wild pigs, flies and boulders. The author used many literary techniques to add zest to his novel. Character development, defined as a positive or heroic transformation in a character, is so well suited to Piggy – a protagonist in the novel.

Nov 05, 2011
  • fearlessforever rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

A bunch of boys are stranded on an island and kill each other....

A group of school boys are the only survivors when their plane crashes on a deserted island. Forced to survive alone without adult authority the boys regress and form murderous tribes.

Mar 24, 2009
  • neilp rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A airliner crash leaving a groups of school children to defence for themselves. Due to conflicts the break into to groups. See how primary school students cope with no adult guidance. And will they be able to coperate to get off the island.

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Sep 06, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: very scary...not scary more like...um...uh...intense...

Sep 06, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Violence: A stabbing and a crushing with rock

Nov 19, 2011
  • fearlessforever rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Oh yeah as if the book couldn't get bad enough, 3/4 of the way through they decide to bludgeon a boy to death and then they push another one down a mountain and crush him with a rock....

Jul 07, 2008
  • noob123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Jul 07, 2008
  • noob123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Jun 29, 2014
  • sakib_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"He turned away to give them time to pull themselves together;
and waited, allowing his eyes to rest on the trim cruiser in the distance."

Nobody killed, I hope? Any dead bodies?

. “I don’t ask you to be a sport, I’ll say not because you’re strong, but because what’s right’s right. Give me my glasses: I’m going to say – You got to!”

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