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Faber Classics Lord Of The Flies

byGolding William

Mass Market Paperback | February 8, 2000

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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 of order begins to collapse, their fears start to take on a sinister, primitive significance. Suddenly, the world of cricket, homework and adventure stories seems a long way away. The boys are faced with a more pressing reality - survival - and the appearance of a terrifying beast who haunts their dreams.

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William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911 and was educated at Marlborough Grammar School and at Brasenose College, Oxford. Before he became a schoolmaster he was an actor, a lecturer, a small-boat sailor and a musician. A now rare volume, Poems, appeared in 1934. In 1940 he joined the Royal Navy and saw action against battleships, a...
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Title:Faber Classics Lord Of The FliesFormat:Mass Market PaperbackPublished:February 8, 2000Publisher:Faber & Faber AgencyLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from highly recommend This book has a special place in my heart. I read it in grade 10 for English class (with my all time favourite English teacher) and will never forget this story. It's a book that I'm always willing to read again and have fallen in love with.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I liked the concept of the book but not the writing; very dry.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from School read in school. Good lessons, there's also a Simpsons episode around the book
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insightful Read You pretty much have to read between the lines to determine the messages in this novel. It has a much more deeper meaning to it even though it may seem like a boring novel.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dull, but overall good Lord of the flies is a novel that I had to read in school this past year. Written in war time this novel is full of hidden messages and lessons that are important even today. This novel has themes such as human nature, the loss of innocence and savagery. Although this is a classic novel many should read if given the opportunity I will admit at times it is incredibly dull and difficult to read. If you're able to get past this, you will get to read a novel full of adventure that really shows how life would be if a group of young boys were stranded on an island.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deeper Meaning I had to read this book in grade 10 English class, and although I did find it to be a very dull story, the hidden meanings in this book were worth the read.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Despite the fact that we were forced to read this for school, I can see why it is considered a modern classic
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read Deeper!! Often thought to be about boys and violence on an island, Golding's book is much more than just that: it is a novel about humanity's capacity for good and evil and the choices humanity can make to engage with one or the other. Additionally, the perspective it provides regarding the impacts of war and how to help our children come to terms with it are still very relevant today. Despite it's age, still a very important read for people today!!
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read for the deeper message!! Often thought to be about boys and violence on an island, Golding's book is much more than just that: it is a novel about humanity's capacity for good and evil and the choices humanity can make to engage with one or the other. Additionally, the perspective it provides regarding the impacts of war and how to help our children come to terms with it are still very relevant today. Despite it's age, still a very important read for people today!!
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read the bigger picture! Often thought to be about boys and violence on an island, Golding's book is much more than just that: it is a novel about humanity's capacity for good and evil and the choices humanity can make to engage with one or the other. Additionally, the perspective it provides regarding the impacts of war and how to help our children come to terms with it are still very relevant today. Despite it's age, still a very important read for people today!!
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lord Of The Flies Some horrible kids, but a riveting story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from chilling dark twist but it's an amazing book
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this I enjoyed reading this for school, and all of it's dark turns
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring The overall story is not bad, but the way it is written, is very difficult to understand and i found the book quite boring
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ever? one of the best novels I've ever read
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this I read this book for school and it was surprisingly interesting. The story is told at a relatively quick pace which keeps the reader interested. I also enjoyed the character development throughout the novel.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I had to read this in school and it was much better than I was anticipating
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lord of Flies Weird and violent. I am more of a romance type of girl.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the only school books I enjoyed reading This book is short but very interesting. It brings into question human character and illustrates some of the kinds of behaviours individuals display in times of struggle. It was very interesting and I enjoyed reading it in my English class. I found that analyzing the story helped me enjoy it because it brings to light some things that aren't said. Overall, it was a good book but might be for everyone because of some graphic content.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from CREEPY AS HELL Forced to read this in grade 9 or 10. i remember being pretty disturbed and horrified by what these average british school boys do on a deserted island. I did read it but many times had to stop as i found it (even back then) very disturbing.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ok Read the book in highschool, a little boring could have been better
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Give it a chance Most people read this novel for school and end up disliking it for this reason. I say, just give it a chance. It's actually pretty good and thought provoking.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eery This is the kind of book that you will either love or hate. For me, it was the former. Either way, thinking about this novel will keep you up at night. Golding also sprinkled some great symbolism into the plot, and this is always something I love.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from nope what a depressing view of human nature. had to read it for school. there are much better options out there.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I kinda liked it (slight spoiler in review) I read this in my 11th grade english course (couple of months ago) I liked it, i enjoyed the story, I hated Jack. In my friends book it said that Ralph killed Jack and by the end of the book I wish it was true, Overall i liked it, I just wish I knew what happened to the boy during the fire
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic for a reason I read this for the first time in high school, and I still think of it fondly 4 years later. It may not be for everyone, since you're reading about awful and grotesque acts committed by children, but the story itself is a great one which tries to examine human nature. I suppose some people might think that it's unrealistic, but no one really knows what they're capable of until they're faced with a tough situation. The writing is great, and I did find myself caring for some of the characters, despite most of them not being very developed.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deserves it's classic status. Insightful, genius, and deeply unsettling.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favs One of my favourite required reads in school. Has great meaning.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from ew just... ew... wish i'd never read it.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great One of the best books ever written
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This is a stupendous classic.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it, have read it many times First read this book in High School. Did not anticipate that I'd enjoy it as much as I did. Purchased my own copy right after reading it the first time, and have reread it at least once every couple years. Helped me realise that the books you have to read for school aren't all bad.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope Nope Nope I really don't recommend this one... So weird and not interesting at all
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing! I loved this book so much when I had to read it in middle school. Great book for pre-teens/ teens.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good Had to read it for class. Didn't like it at all. Don't waste the money buying it.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from re-read Read this in highschool- re-read as an adult. As an adult I could definitely see a more symbolic side of the story. I would recommend reading it again if you did so as a child.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope Nope and Nope I feel like this is the kind of book that people either love or hate and I was definitely on the hate side. I just didn't get it and it was just overall very boring...
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This one was a page turner for me!
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hated we had to read this in school while I applaud the idea its a terrible book!!!!
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I remember reading this one in grade 9 with class. It was a good read back then.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from classic loved it as a child and still holds up today
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense I really enjoyed reading this novel. Seeing how human nature can so quickly change from innocent and good to corrupt and evil even in small boys made it a gripping read.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from intense Such a great book, entertaining and thoughtful
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought provoking This was a very interesting book and made me think a lot about society and laws. It's not for everyone though.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Read it in high school. Considered trying it again as adult but doesn't seem interesting. #plimreview
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring This is an excellent book with remarkable characters and insights and worth reading more than once.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Skip this One I read this book for school and I didn't like it then and now going back to it again I still feel the same way. The title is stupid and doesn't make any sense. The whole concept seems far fetched and out of the realm of reality. The book is also boring to read. There was a 1960's black and white movie of this book which has been on television a few times. It is not worth watching. there are a lot better books around.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This book was difficult to read at first. It would not be my choice of literature.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great for Symbolism Hard to get into at first, and a little boring, but overall this novel portrays a very important lesson.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Good Book to Read This book is not the most challenging book to mean, but does require some insight to understand the symbolism and underlying messages. Simple read, but interesting enough to keep the mind occupied. Would recommend for anyone interested in human behavior.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!!! I love this book! I read it for school and found it a very easy read. The story picks up a lot more two thirds of the way through the book and I couldn't put it down after that!
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sparks the imagination This is a good book to spark a young reader's imagination as well as a good book to write a report or essay on.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great insight into the minds of men especially white men who benefit from colonialism
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grows On You I had to read this for a novel study project in high school and in the beginning I didn't like it very much but soon I was reading ahead of the assigned chapters and now I want to read it every now and then, just for fun. Once you start reading and understand the symbolism and representation in the book, it's hard to put it down. I think I'll purchase a copy soon just so I can have one on hand to read whenever I want. A real classic!
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from There's a thing as too much Symblolism I know this is one of those books you're supposed to appreciate, but I hate how this story has been over-analyzed by every literary mind to ever walk the Earth. To me, good writing means there is a story you don't have to analyse to death to understand. You should be able to read a story and take what you will from it. Symbols can be beautiful if well incorporated, but they should fit in naturally of their own accord, not be the reason for the story. Quite frankly I hate the writing style too. It's too wordy for it's purpose, and the story is beyond boring.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read This book has symbolic meaning throughout every chapter.. I thought it was very well written. It offers to the mind the many complex challenges, lessons and difficult judgements made during the boys' time on an isolated island.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from why do we have to read this in school?? We had to read this book for English class this year..long story short I didn't read it. None of my friends or myself could get into this book, it was so boring and the writing is really old fashion. It has an interesting plot and some good themes, I guess this just wasn't the book for me
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from hmm The language was a chore to get through, but the story was pretty awesome
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a story of survival This was a book I read in school, many years ago. It was frightening, horrifying in places, but hard to put down. Young schoolboys are stranded on their own and having to fend for themselves for survival after their plane crashed, and order soon disintegrates into uncivilized savagery. This book could be considered a thriller.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Perspective on Society As with what seems to be a common theme, I too read this book in school; twice actually. It offers a unique perspective on society, which is one that we have all experienced, but have likely forgotten by this point. That of a child, a point of view that is difficult to convey, but one that is expressed well by Golding. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from WHY!? Why they make kids read this in school, I do not understand. I really did not enjoy this book at all.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting read I was not a fan of the writing style. It was difficult to keep track of the dialogue, I'd icten have to reread it to figure out which character was saying what. I finally got into the book a little after the halfway point. There were interesting little twists, and perhaps the only redeemable aspect of the book was it's fairly accurate dipiction of society.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from HATE I don't think there is a book i hate worst then this i don't know why this book is a classic
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from quality of book material is poor The literature itself is fantastic. What this is, is a review of the quality of the materials that this particular book is made of. I purchased a hardcover edition for quality and durability. Well it is a hard cover, but any sense of possible quality and durability stops there. The pages are little better than newsprint and the typesetting runs the print nearly off the page. The publisher information printed in the book states it is a “Perigee Book”, Published by the Penguin Group. The back cover states it is a “Turtleback Books” and is "Bound For Schools And Libraries". Really? It would not hold up a week in the school I went to. Shame on Penguin Books. I was expecting a normal Penguin-like book of reasonable quality as the image on Indigo's website shows for this edition, even though it states the publisher is Rebound by Sagebrush (who appears to be involved with Turtleback book editions). This book is not the book advertised. Very disappointing and deceitful. Shame on Indigo. This book is not worth the $18.13 online price, let alone the standard brick-and-mortar price of $27.50 they are flogging it for. The most this particular book should cost is $5.00 taxes in and you should get a free cookie too.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting... I had to read this book years ago in high school and it...was...interesting. The writing style wasn't too bad but seeing the decline of humanity as the book progresses was eye opening.I definitely think i if I were to re-read it again today I would appreciate it more. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wait for the Ending! At first, I disliked the book for over three quarters of it, but then the last three chapters totally made all the difference and I only appreciated the novel after I finished reading it
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So so sad Really good but such a sad ending
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wait For the Ending! At first, I disliked the book for over three quarters of it, but then the last three chapters totally made all the difference and I only appreciated the novel after I finished reading it
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lord of the Flies by William Golding This book is horrifying. I'm scared like hell. Totally. I was expecting an adventure book telling about some children who got stranded in an island, but ended up with goosebumps. I hated this book. First off, as I remember, it talks about humans failure to govern ourselves, or more broadly the failures of human nature. This book is famous for unmasking what brutes we are, just under the surface, but, well, for all the hype, it just isn't convincing. People, even teenage boys just aren't as savage as Golding seems to want us to believe, and nothing in this book persuades me otherwise.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic I read this book decades ago, I still talk about it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Painful to read through I did not enjoy reading this book for my english class. I know the message behind the book makes it a classic but it was not a good reading experience. The things that happened in this book were awful and the writing style was boring.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ENJOYED IT Read it in school. One of my favourite books!
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from classic i remember reading this in school and liked it even then. only gets better
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic I enjoyed this book. Well written classic.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting I understand why this book is a classic, and it is very well written. I really did not enjoy reading it though and did not like the content.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Classic It can be a bit difficult to understand what is going on at times simply because the language used is outdated but this is a really good book.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Conflicts, power and survival among characters are amazing in the book. Overall, fully recommend it.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting An interesting novel about what can go wrong when separated from the civilized world. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Well written but the story is strange A classic English class read but I wouldn't pick it up on my own. It has gruesome parts and boring parts.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got me through English Class This was required reading for me in high school. I remember loving it. It was one of the books that got me through english.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great the message is rich and it puts forth an insight into what a speck of savagery in our world would look like
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic A classic is always relevant. This book is more relevant to today's world than any other book I can think of.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Read if you must... This is one of those books most of us were forced to read in high school, and for good reason because the book perfect on an intermediate level. There are interesting aspects on philosophy and human behaviour but adults may not resonate with this as much so if you haven't read this before you were 16 you may not enjoy it.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome book for those into philosophy This book is excellent for people who like a touch of philosophy integrated in their realistic books.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic This book is a really insightful read about what happens to civilization when there is a chance for savagery.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Great story, characters, and message, especially for these dark political times. People who say this is the worse book ever just don't get it - its by far one of the best books ever written. I guess there's a reason Trump won the election ...
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just don't Good for analysis but not good for pleasurable reading.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from this book is the worst Definitely takes the cake for the worst book I had to read in high school. A bunch of boys behaving badly (yes I get the commentary on human nature and evils of society). Whatever, I'd rather read the Hunger Games.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! I had heard many students dreading this book in school, but after having read it myself, I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are so memorable and so is the ending...!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Didn't like the name and thought it would be stupid. It was very confusing at first but eventually things started to fall into place. It's hard to follow but be patient, there are very important messages in the book and I'm more appreciative of what it was telling me.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I liked reading this book even though there were some sorrowful events that took place in the story.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a classic! I never read this in high school, but decided to give it a shot since it is regarded as a classic. Worth the read and I can see why it is held in such high esteem :) #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Everyone should read this once, what a fantastic read!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from classic When I first read this book in high school, I enjoyed it. Years later, I decided to buy this book and reread it and I love it. I am more appreciative of this book and of what it is trying to tell us.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Lesson This is a great book for people of all ages, and it has a great meaning behind it. The writing in captivating as well.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good. Didn't think I would like it, but it's pretty good.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic! This is just one of those classics; a bit of a thriller if you're fainthearted. The broad message of the book is a reflection of human behaviour and what can happen if there isn't an order in society. I recommend anyone to read it at least once.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect I was not one for classics before I read this. Absolutely brilliant and it is a book I think everyone should read at least once.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing My daughter introduced this to me as part of a project they were doing in English class, and out of pure curiosity for what they were reading and what I had heard of the book, I read it. I can honestly say it was the best decision I could have made and it has changed the way I see so many things. I definitely recommend reading.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant I am speechless. This was a great book with some of the most insightful literature I have ever read. No wonder this is a classic, and at a great price too!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't even know what to say... I had to read this for school, and I must say that I despised it. I had no idea what it was about when I started reading it and I was a bit shocked by the storyline. I have never forgotten it though, and I can recognize a good book when I see it, which this is. It has been years and I am not yet willing to read it again, but I will undoubtedly do so in the future and I look forward to discovering how I feel about this book as an adult. The fact that I hate it and am still happy that I read it should tell you all that you need to know. I would suggest, however, that you read the summary first...
Date published: 2015-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from If the educational edition is cheaper, you should think about getting that one instead.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great critique of human behaviour William Golding's depiction of childhood innocence is both frightening for it's realism as well as being amazing for it. One can't help but feel that this could truly happen which is why it compels one to compare their behavior with our own society and whether or not adulthood is really that much more different than childhood.
Date published: 2013-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite One of my favorite books from high school and really the only one I chose to read again. Thrilling dark story.
Date published: 2013-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and thoughtful This book is creative and gives a lot of thoughts to the true nature of humans. The book starts with a group of schoolboys being deserted on a desolate island. The boys attempt to create a society fuelled by fair government and roles. One of the main concerns is to keep a signal fire going so they can be rescued. The society starts to fail when fear and violence overrule common sense. Many of the small boys start to fear ‘the beast’ and a group of violent and cruel school boys take over and murders are committed. Overall, this book is very well written and contains a lot of symbolism however; I thought the ending could have been better.
Date published: 2012-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eight Bookcases Check out my review on Golding's work at: http://8bookcases.blogspot.com/2011/09/lord-of-flies-by-william-golding.html
Date published: 2011-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A True Classic Well this book certainly is a classic. The book is disturbing but somehow so interesting. William Golding really captures what boys would be like trapped on an island with no rule and no adults. The book, at times, can be rather confusing as when it was published words that were used then are not words we would use now. For example "creeper" I had to look up the book definition as to me, the only creeper definition I am familiar with would not fit the books use of the term. Overall I felt this book was a good read and that it is a book everyone should at some point add to their "read" list.
Date published: 2011-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting. This book was a good read, though I don't think i would have picked it up off the shelf if I was just walking by. I read this book for English. From what I had heard about it I was expecting the worst but was pleasantly surprised! Golding’s concept is quite interesting. The only thing I would say bad about this book is that it ended quite abruptly like the author was late for his publishing deadline.
Date published: 2011-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from CRAZILY AWESOME!!!!!!! The author really understands being alone, no parents, no rules and BOYS! In this thrilling novel hundreds of boys are stranded on an island, while the war is going on. One boy decides he should be the leader (chief), while the rest of them decide otherwise. Littler boys get scared, older boys lose their patience and a terrible beast haunts them as they try to survive until the adults "rescue" them. They try to make order, rules and assign jobs, but sometimes boys will be boys. Looking out for ships is very important job that some don't take seriously. Friends become enemies, enemies become friends, all hell breaks loose. Read the novel to find out if the boys (or the island) make it to the end...
Date published: 2011-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking I had to read this for school this year, and I am very glad that I had the opportunity to read such an interesting novel. I didn't know what to expect, because you never know what an assigned book will turn out to be like. I usually dread certain novels that we have to read for school, but there have been many exceptions. Golding's way of describing things, and creating the atmosphere for the book was spectacular. He didn't give you a general description of things, he gave you more than you could have ever thought was possible. His comparisons are genius, and they leave you dumbfounded. His writing is very complex, but very captivating, so his way of writing his story was amazing. The plot was really fascinating, and it was quite the experience to read this. Golding creates a plot with a lot of unexpected twists. This book is dark, gory, deep, emotional and intense. We have a group of boys who end up on an island after a plane crash. The island is tropical and very deceiving. These boys are twelve years old and younger, and there are no adults. This is during the time of WWII, and they are British. At first, these boys see this as an opportunity to finally experience life without the rules from their parents; it is all fun and games. Soon, these boys start to change. Things become difficult, and the loss of civilization intensifies their fear. The boy's adaptation to survival leaves them all viewing the island diffrently. Some want nothing but structure and rules, while others want to hunt all day. Conflicts arise, and the darkness reveals itself in the island, and in some of the boys. Ralph, the leader, knows that they will get off this island, but boys like Jack know that there is no way that they will ever return home. Overall, I liked this. The beginning was really hard to get through, but it got a lot better. I greatly appreciate Golding's view and interpretation of things. There were shocking twists, and I enjoyed reading about these characters. I am glad I read this because Golding creates a story that is truly like no other. 3/5 2010-064
Date published: 2010-11-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Well... I can absolutely recognize the affect that this book has on our culture, and I'm impressed that it got so huge. But, I'm not going to pretend I liked it. To me, it was boring and predictable.
Date published: 2010-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly a Masterpiece I had to read this book for school recently. This is a book that requires patience and can't be rushed. In my opinion, it is a fantastic book. Whether you like it or not, you can't say it was a horrible book. Golding really captures a side of humans that we don't give much thought to. I really do recommend this to anyone who likes psychological and even philosophical plots.
Date published: 2009-11-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hated it I had to read this book for school and I didn't like it at all. Usually, I try to keep an open mind for books I HAVE to read, but I hated this. It was slow at the beginning and picked up as the story progressed. I thought it had good detail, tho. But the story was kind of disturbing.
Date published: 2009-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A manual for societal behavior and expectations "Lord of the Flies" is singularly the most important novel for required reading, whether assigned in school or self-imposed. It regularly appears as number one on my own list of best books. Let's play "What if." What if a plane carrying a full load of school boys crashes on a deserted island with no adult survivors? What would happen to those boys? What would you expect to happen? William Golding works with this premise: an idyllic setting, innocent schoolboys. One boy, an older boy just short of teenage years, a boy with fair hair, assumes leadership to stir the others into some semblance of organization and survival mode, much like adults would do if adults were present. He also saw a need to defuse the web of fear of the younger ones. Where are we? How long will we need to wait before someone comes for us? All questions with no answers at this time. Ah, yes, Golding tells us, everything goes well for a while. But remember the "scar" made by the crashing plane? Something ugly is on this island (but it's not the scar). It's in the bushes, in the dark, in the depths, in the depths of hearts, and it grows like the malignancy it is. A blatant revelation of what is about to come occurs when Roger silently and stealthily watches a young'un, unbeknownst to the little child. All the young'un is doing is running a stick through the sand, disturbing a crab in a tiny pool of water. Even he imposes control and fear on a helpless creature as Roger boldly picks up a couple of rocks and tosses them the youngster's way. He deliberately misses but comes closer with each throw. Next time he will probably hit the young boy, but not yet. This taboo--deliberately and unnecessarily causing pain to one smaller than you--has not been broken--yet. Although the dance of the spears, the primeval chants, the attack and killing of the pig, then feasting on its flesh, their kill, are shocking acts of savagery, this event is foreshadowed by the seemingly innocent lob of the stones. From a casual incident, but one with eventual intentionality, the ritualistic slaughter is not so far-fetched or surprising. Golding prepares his readers. This is how the chaos of society starts. It begins with one simple disconnect from the rules. It begins in the minds and hearts. Will I do what society expects? Will I follow the rules to keep things running and working? Do I break a rule or two for my own enhancement. Will I feel a power surge if my rock hits that young `un? Ralph would probably speak of the terror of knowing that rules WILL be broken. He would speak of the utter horror that any rule can be and will be broken and he won't live to tell about it. Just ask Piggy. This novel is the only one I taught over and over during the twelve years I worked with high school seniors. My other choices I would switch around those years, drop some, add some. This one I kept. It is that important. I think of "Lord of the Flies" as a necessary manual for societal behavior and an effort to keep the chaos of evil at bay. Is it even necessary to ask how many times that rock has been thrown since this novel was published in the 1950's? Or how much chaos has imploded so many lives? Like the way of manuals, some remain in circulation and are deeply read; others fall by the wayside out of disinterest. Some are thrown in the trash. "Lord of the Flies"--what is its current status? And society--how is it doing? Reader, are you a little bit fearful?
Date published: 2009-10-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ugh. Shoot me in the foot.
Date published: 2009-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I remember reading this book two years ago and although the beginning was a little slow it was very good.
Date published: 2009-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Boys gone wild This book started off a little slow, but got better as the novel went on. Its about how a bunch of boys get stranded on an island, and what happens to them when they don't follow the laws that civiilization has set out.
Date published: 2009-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Favourites When first going into this book to read it for my Grade 11 Lit class recently, I didn't think I would like it, because many people who read it before me said it was a bad book. But when I actually read it myself, I must say that it's one of my favourites. People who say that they don't like it usually aren't into literature or imagery. This book has alot of imagery, which is one of my favourite things about it. The deaths of characters and other things are intensly detailed (Which I loved), so if you're squeamish.... (though it's not very long) Anyway, in the end, this book is really great. It DOES have it's slow parts mind you, but what book doesn't? The rest of the book makes up for it by far.
Date published: 2009-02-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from umm.. ew? I won't deny that the book is geniously well written. i won't deny that the symbolism is brilliant either. however, if i was not forced to read this for a class, i would never have done so. the book is disgusting- why would anyone in their right mind want to read about a bunch of british school boys turning into savages- thats is to say grusome murders and completely uncivilized maniacs. naked boys running around on an island killing each other? i think not. do yourself a favour and don't bother reading it.. if you can avoid it. oh but yes, it is written quite well (thats the only reason i gave it 2 stars). the only hting is it gets a bit confusing at times because its hard to know the speaker of the dialogue..
Date published: 2008-12-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nobel Novelist Writes Teen Novel I understand now why so many schools teach this book. Teenagers might find the ideas profound, but the themes are too obviously expressed to give adult readers any aesthetic pleasure. The premise is good: a group of English schoolboys is plane-wrecked on a deserted island during the war. In the absence of adult rules, will they remain good English boys or will they become savages? Take a wild guess. Predictably, the only really appealing character is the wimpy, sensible, bespectacled, asthmatic fat kid: Piggy. I’m glad I read ‘Lord of the Flies’, because it is considered a classic, but it certainly doesn’t pack the punch of other twentieth-century novels that deal with similar themes (civilization and its discontents, human propensity for savagery, nature of humanity, etc.). As an aside: anyone interested in ‘Lost’ should read this book, as the writers of the show have obviously mined it for ideas (I think Sawyer is even seen reading it at one point).
Date published: 2008-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why Is The Cover So Scary? I've wanted to read this book for a while but was always reluctant to even pick it up because of the cover. It's a dead, blood-covered pig head, what's to like? Anyway, I had to read it for English 11 and I'm so glad it was assigned. Lord of the Flies is an amazing book, so powerful. Ultimately, it showed the breakdown of civilization and provides believable situations. There were also many symbols, sometimes they were hard to find but I like it when a book makes me think after I've put it down. I wish I could do this book justice with my words, but that would take a long time. If you haven't read this book, read it, it's a powerful piece of literature.
Date published: 2008-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ? It has a slow start but once you get to the end of the second chapter it picks up. The Introduction by the author is a good piece to read.
Date published: 2008-03-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not one of my favourites I read this book about ten years ago and because of the nature of how it was presented in class, I didn't really enjoy it. So I decided to give it another chance, but unfortunately, I didn't enjoy as I thought I would. The plot seems to drag for the majority of the book and the book didn't interest me. While it is a young adult book, there is a lot of detail in the book and, like I said it earlier, I found it to drag for the majority, if not all, of the book.
Date published: 2008-03-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok book I read this book for school and thought that it was quite interesting. It's very adventurous and fun to read.
Date published: 2007-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst book ever written!!! Its the most boring book ever: do not waste your time reading it.
Date published: 2007-06-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still Worth Reading Slow-going in the beginning, repetitive, not overall pleased but it is a classic and has its ups and downs. Still worth reading though. I didn’t like how the verbal discussions were written.
Date published: 2006-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Lord of the Flies is an extremely well written book. It takes place during a war. A plane crashes, and a lot of boys are stranded on an island. They try and create a proper society with structure, just as they did at home. After a few days, their true personalities begin to show. William Golding shows how even kids are able to do the most horrible things. This book has great imagery.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Odd concept This book is a pretty odd concept but really interesting nonetheless
Date published: 2006-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A compelling classic Golding writes about a plane crash that lands school boys on an island. He spins a dark and beautiful story about how the society the boys build for themselves disintegrates in the absence of rules and regulations. This book is one of my favourite literature masterpieces- full of symbols and vivid descriptions that leave you questioning human nature and its limits.
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still gives me chills I recently reread this classic, and quickly remembered why I loved it so much in high school. The action hurtles along at breakneck speed, and the characters are so alive that you could swear to their being real. I still get chills thinking about how true the actions of the boys are given their situation. Can you imagine if we all lived on that island?
Date published: 2006-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the best books i've ever read I cannot thank my gr.6 teacher enough for recommending this book to me. Golding describes so well what boys would be like if they were stranded on an island, they'd forget about everything ever taught to them, and go wild! Amazing read!!!!
Date published: 2005-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awsome Novel I read this book last year for my 9th grade book report and I loved it. Golding did a fantasic job on the depth of the characters and the great story line. I would recommend this book to a person with good focus because at some parts you get easily distracted. Once the story picks up you just can't put it down!
Date published: 2005-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book put infront of me-thanks to gr11 teacher This was absolutely the best book that I have ever read. Thanks to my grade 11 english teacher and his wonderful way of opening the sometimes overshadowed messages. (due to the graphic nature of the book- at times) I would recommend this book to anyone who truly loves literature. A must read without a doubt. I will read it over and over again!!!
Date published: 2004-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lord of the Flies This book was great. I really enjoyed it. It was really well written and I would reccommend this book to anyone who wants a good read, but wouldn't mind the pig killing parts.
Date published: 2003-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting This novel is showing that all of human nature has a dark side. William Golding proves this by writing about a group of proper british boys getting stranded on an island and turning into complete savages. I enjoyed reading and studying this book because it has a lot of symbolism in it.
Date published: 2002-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Good and Bad This book has its ups and downs, but overall I wouldn't consider this book to be a classic as some would say. This book can be very suspenseful at times and VERY boring at others. The best part about the book is the relationships they all have with each other. Just a warning, if you're planning to see the movie of it, I suggest you not see the newer version, since it doesn't relate to the book that much.
Date published: 2002-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lord of the Flies This book is so captivating. It catches you on the first few pages. The plot is unpredictable, disturbing, and unforgettable.
Date published: 2002-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Harsh look at man This is a very good book if you're into strong reading. I don't recomend reading it all in one go because it can get very creepy if you get to absorbed into it. A great book for reading and re-reading though!
Date published: 2002-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read This tragic story about a group of young boys stranded on an island during WW2 is truly a literary treasure.It was absolutely deserving of the Nobel Prize for Literature. The struggle between Ralph and Jack or Democracy and Anarchy was enthralling. The murderous behavior was gruesomely real yet entertaining. Golding truly exposes human behaviors at their most extreme. I would recommend this book to any book lover.
Date published: 2002-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read While this is an interesting book, I would not call it an entertaining read. It is too slow and I didn't get that picture in my mind of what I thought was happening. All the little twists and turns intrigue me. It leads me to wonder what society would be like if man were left to fend for himself without any authority or presence of rule.
Date published: 2002-05-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Horrible and hard to read I hated this book from the moment I started to read it. Not only the language is too hard, but the message is stupid, and there are some horrible scenes. Not to be read.
Date published: 2002-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Book! OMG this is such a good book. Nice symbolism and have read it 3 tines!!!!
Date published: 2002-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good and easy read The story was not too horrific as some other people have said. It was suspenseful at times, and boring at others. The book could easily have been read by Grade 5s.
Date published: 2002-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Simple Stroke Of Genius The Lord Of The Flies is by far the best book I have ever read in my 40 years of reading, since the characters and fundamentally everything in it are developed with subtle care. The script is easy to follow, and the brutal nature of the boys is just outstanding as they try to keep a civilized society on their island upon which they were marooned. I would rather be reading this book than writing about it. If you like reading, and well, even if you don't like reading, you should go pick up this book and read it at least twice.
Date published: 2001-12-18
Date published: 2001-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Catch those flies William Golding in his novel “Lord of the Flies” used several characters, locations and certain objects to symbolize and mimic our true society. But the most important part in the story is the development and use of the characters to represent the truths about human nature and society. The Island it self is a miniature version of this world and the stranded boys playing the roles of recognizable figures in our normal society. Check this site for more detail: http://www.geocities.com/ecogold
Date published: 2001-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spellbinding I know my title sounds kind of cheesy, but that's probably the best word I can think of to describe this book. It's about a group of British boys who are stranded on an island after their plane crashes on it, and who then try to make up their own little society to keep peace until they're rescued. Some of it is a little disturbing to me because I'm a vegan (and they do some pretty grewsome killing on the island), but it's all so revealing of many peoples' nature that I just couldn't stop reading. It IS a little depressing if you think about it too much, but it's beautifully and flawlessly written and I think everyone should read it at least once. I think it's one of the best books I've ever read.
Date published: 2001-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lord of the Flies is the Lord of Literature The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is one of the books that defined literature as we know it. The sense of savagery on the island shown by the 'hunters' and Ralph's struggle to survive paints a horribly realistic picture of what human beings are really like. Once you've read this novel, you will never think the same about another human being.
Date published: 2001-03-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nobel Prize?! This book has no structure, non sense, and yet it is supposed to be realistic. Unless being in an advanced state of depression, reading the story of boys without the support of society turning into savagery is no fun, least of all interesting! I only see two reasons why Mr. Golding won the Nobel Prize: 1)All the books were bad at the time. or 2)Mr. Golding was a very good friend of the jury.
Date published: 2001-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from revealing The most horrific war of modern history has just ended with millions of people savagely slaughtered by their own kind. The absolute terror of Nazi's concentration camps horrifies and bewilders mankind as a whole. How can men commit such acts of pure evil and barbarism? How can a seemingly modern society such as one of 20th century Germany plunge the world in what will in no doubt be a nightmarish chapter in its history? William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" written after World War II is a confrontation with these questions and more. A group of British schoolboys stranded on an island is the perfect setting for Golding to explore the very essence of man. A mini-society is soon formed with rules much like ours in order to keep everyone safe. Feeling the absence of any absolute authority however, the boys inevitably find themselves in a horrifying path leading to destruction and brutality. What is perhaps most fascinating is the presence of characters all too familiar and real and how they react in the situation they find themselves. The theme of the book is dark and gloomy but enlightening and liberating as one is forced to peer into the very depth of man's soul. The book that has become standard reading in North American highschools is a spiritual journey as essential and critical as the study of the period known as man's darkest hour.
Date published: 2001-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Political Masterpiece This book, comparable in content to that of 1984 by George Orwell, was nothing short of an explicit overview of society . I found it to be very provoking, disturbing, depressing, as well as amusing. Imagine an end to the world, and the only survivors were a group of British boys. Well, this is the situation Golding presents to society in his Nobel Prize winning book, expanding on how the boys transform from good to evil.
Date published: 2001-01-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't Read This Book! I did not like this book at all, it was disgusting and horrific. Very disturbing. I don't think that we should be made to read this book in school since there was absolutely no message in it. A story about young boys that lose all that society has taught them to become savages is messed up. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2001-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies was the best novel I have ever read. Golding uses symbols throughout the story, and even some character's names are symbolic. It is about a group of little English boys, during the time of war, who are stranded on an island with no adults. It shows what society would be like with no authority, control, and very few rules. It also shows the breakdown and savagry of the boys. It is a wonderful novel.
Date published: 2000-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies was a very intresting exciting book. It was unique. There wasn't one part in the book that you just couldn't stand. You always had to see what happened next (so that would make it easy to read in one day!) The characters were original, the script was easy to understand. It was a little brutal but thats what made it intresting. The end was good in all ways, and it was satisfying. Also I'm sorry to any of you that haven't read this book. Go write now and read this book it's a classic!
Date published: 2000-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant, poetically written Golding's writing style may seem a bit odd at first, but as the story takes hold of you, it all becomes clear... I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys brilliant allusions and symbolism and can appreciate Golding's intuitive observation of the true nature of humanity. Boys, like men, can be very cruel.
Date published: 2000-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising The first time that I read Lord of the Flies I was completely surprised by what I was reading. This novel not only gives you something exciting to read but it gives you a different perspective on life. I never realized that a small group of abandoned boys could represent the way of society. I may have been forced to read it the first time, but not the many times since. I recommend this book to anyone who is able to comprehend more than the obvious.
Date published: 2000-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent William knows what the boy's behavior is like. He writes excellent description and is a excellent book for high school students in grade 9. Tons of surprises and tons of fun!
Date published: 2000-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lord of the flies Excellent book, I've read this in senior high before, and it was very exciting. The movie was also quite interesting, but the book lets your imagination fly. The characters are absolutly brillant they make the book come alive with suspense and terror!
Date published: 2000-02-14