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Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies
Author: William Golding
Originally published in 1954, William Golding's Lord of the Flies is one of the most disturbing and celebrated novels of modern times. — A plane crashes on a desert island. The only survivors are a group of schoolboys. At first they revel in the freedom and celebrate the absence of grown-ups. Soon though, as the boys' fragile sense...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780399501487
ISBN-10: 0399501487
Publication Date: 7/27/1959
Pages: 207
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 1791 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Leigh avatar reviewed Lord of the Flies on + 377 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 21
Golding depicts in a nasty and disturbing way a group of "civilized" youngsters morphing into animals (not literally). One has to question that if our laws and societal rules were somehow taken away, would we digress to survival of the fittest? Although not the quickest read, this book will certainly cause you to think about societal constructs we create and how willing we are to uphold them in a time of crisis. Recommended for those who appreciate classics and those who want a little something more to think about.
Pro-Nomos avatar reviewed Lord of the Flies on + 23 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
Human nature is evil! Want a classic book on what man does without law and authority? Want a classic book on what is in the heart of a man? Want a classic book that makes a powerful statement on what little kids will do to each other if not taught to be good and to love? Want a classic book on what man continues to do and will continue to do each other til' the good Lord comes back and makes things right? Read this book.
obsidianfire avatar reviewed Lord of the Flies on + 133 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
One of the books I was forced to read in school that I ended up loving so much I read it again as an adult!
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Helpful Score: 7
Most certainly NOT a "feel good" story, but still (or perhaps in spite of that fact), Lord of the Flies is one of my all-time favorite books. Golding's characters are so vivid and the storyline is eerie and haunting. It absolutely deserves its title as one of the great classics of all time.
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Helpful Score: 5
A classic story of the beasts that live within. Fiction doesn't straddle the line between Art and Life any better than this story.
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A very thought-provoking read. Sobering. But still great literature. It offers keen insights into nature of human beings.
vnorthw avatar reviewed Lord of the Flies on + 9 more book reviews
"Maybe there is a beast....maybe it's only us."

Lord of the Flies is a tragic exploration of unrestrained human nature and the "beast" inside. The novel uses a group of school boys as an allegorical representation of human society. Stranded on a deserted island, the boys begin as a civilized society and the lure of power and dominance gradually leads them to savagery.

The characterization was brilliant, each character representing a place on the spectrum on human nature -- from the civilized member of society to the savage, unrestrained side of human nature.

I found the book a little slow, I was about 60% of the way through the book before it really picked up for me. Some of the dialogue was difficult to follow, even in a two-person conversation as the speaker wasn't always specified.

I didn't read Lord of the Flies in school, and I'm glad I didn't. I'm not sure I would have understood it. Even now, I think there are lots of symbolic messages in the first half of the book that I failed to pick up on. It's definitely a book that I'll be re-reading to get the full effect.
shony avatar reviewed Lord of the Flies on
I had to read this book for school and I did not like it. I thought it was really weird.


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