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Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies
Author: William Golding
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ISBN-13: 9781573226127
ISBN-10: 1573226122
Publication Date: 8/1/1997
Pages: 256
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 57 ratings
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Book Type: 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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eleven avatar reviewed Lord of the Flies on + 11 more book reviews
I had to read Lord of the Flies for English in high school, and for most of the book I didn't think I liked it that much. At the very end of the book, though, when I read the last scene, all of a sudden it hit me how amazing it was, and I just sat there for a while thinking about it. I won't give away what happens at the end, but to me it was just a sudden reminder that these kids were still just little boys, despite all the horrible things they had seen and done.

I've never had this happen to me with any other book - where I didn't really care for it until the very end, and though it's still not my favorite book ever, I definitely plan on reading it again sometime. I think this is one of those books that it's important for people to read, and it will certainly leave you thinking. Just don't look at it as a book to read only for entertainment, because it's much more than that.