Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

A Novel

Paperback - 2011
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The classic novel by William Golding
With a new Introduction by Stephen King

"To me Lord of the Flies has always represented what novels are for, what makes them indispensable." - Stephen King

Golding's classic, startling, and perennially bestselling portrait of human nature remains as provocative today as when it was first published. This beautiful new edition features French flaps and rough fronts, making it a must-have for fans of this seminal work.

William Golding's compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first it seems as though it is all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious and life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death. As ordinary standards of behaviour collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them--the world of cricket and homework and adventure stories--and another world is revealed beneath, primitive and terrible.

Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought and literature.

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.

Publisher: New York : Perigee, 2011
Edition: William Golding centenary ed
ISBN: 9780399537424
Branch Call Number: FIC GOL
Characteristics: xv, 285 p. ; 20 cm


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Mar 03, 2018

"Lord of the Flies" messages are deep, and, as Stephen King says in his introduction, they mean more to us as we learn about society and try to understand human behavior. It's about our good and evil traits, and that we all should recognize them both when they are in our midst. I likely read it for the first time in high school. It meant so much more to me now. It is a book that should be re-read.

Feb 25, 2018

Pay close attention to symbolism and imagery. This widely-studied classic makes the argument that human nature is not inherently civilized even more compelling by creating an artificial society of children and showing how rapidly it could become dysfunctional. This is a striking contrast to Western philosophy from Aristotle onwards and consistently popular in tales of island strandings from Robinson Crusoe to Jeff Probst's Stranded trilogy.

Feb 01, 2018

This particular audiobook is read by the author - he does it pretty well (far better than Toni Morrison reads her books), especially considering it was recorded in 1977 (I think; I can't quite tell) long before the minor art of reading books for recording was seriously developed. I was surprised by how mild his accent was (it seems Englishmen today have more pronounced accents than they did 40 years ago!). The work itself is exciting and excellently paced; some creative and shocking descriptions, the techniques for which were not overused so one really notices them when they are used; the psychological portraits also are vivid for such a short book.

Nov 08, 2017

This was my first classic book, and can I say I enjoyed it. The context was a bit difficult to understand, but past that, it was a book that shows people how not only William Golding sees the world in his time, but how our world has not changed from his world, and that people will never learn how to treat one another.

Oct 29, 2017

During a wartime evacuation, an airplane crashes on an uninhabited island stranding a small group of young British school boys. Disaster results when the boys attempt to organize their own society on the primitive island. The writing is excellent, and the story raises many important questions about the nature of evil.

Aug 17, 2017

Really great book that shows that a violent nature can dwell even in the best of us. The ending is rather startling and reveals that this violent nature does not just occur on deserted island. Highly graphic, but one of the greatest classics I've read.

Aug 01, 2017

The novel Lord of the Flies provides an interesting outlook on our modern day society. The main overall theme of the story suggests that if an individual is removed from a civilized and modernized society, their personalities greatly impact their actions and what they do to survive. In the story, Golding produces many different characters to show us, the readers, the different types of personalities through several different and unique characters. Several qualities are portrayed such as loyalty, thirsts for power and control, anger, leadership and fear.

Jul 10, 2017

I really loved this book! I loved the idea of being stranded on an island, and how it portrays human emotions that we all feel; jealousy, anger, revenge. A great classic, while still being modern and having a unique twist to it.

GCPL_Teen Jun 29, 2017

While it is a classic, this book may be too grotesque and unrelatable for some readers. Or perhaps the grotesque quality will appeal to you! The quick dissolution of social norms has larger implications for society as a whole, and may cause the reader to consider humanity's potential for descending into chaos. Or you may be grossed out and annoyed by the immaturity of the characters...

May 24, 2017

My kids just read this book and it made their stomachs sick. I am really glad I avoided this when I was a kid to avoid the topic of politics and eating other people!?!?!?! What was this writer thinking?!?!?!? It was also extremely boring to discuss. There was so much symbolism that it made my head hurt. There should be a warning on it saying "Before you read this book be prepared to be sick."

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Aug 17, 2017

Schoolboys are stranded on an island together. Attempts at a civilized society are made, but as the hope of rescue grows farther away, as the terror of beasts and monsters takes control, the society is fractured. The boys deteriorate into a violent, brutal mob, praising and fearing a "beast" and brutally punishing those against them.

sakib_0 Jun 29, 2014

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

platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

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.

tt14 Jun 18, 2012

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

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

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

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

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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Aug 17, 2017

Violence: A pig is killed in a sadistic and brutal way, with its head later stuck on a pike and devoured by flies. A boy is beaten and torn apart by the others, and later another boy is hit by a boulder, flies off a cliff, and has his head bashed open.

Jul 17, 2015

Violence: Since the boys are left stranded on the island, many of them turn into savages.Two boys are killed.

Sep 06, 2013

Violence: A stabbing and a crushing with rock

Nov 19, 2011

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 06, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Jul 06, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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Aug 17, 2017

"Maybe there is a beast...maybe it's only us."

sakib_0 Jun 29, 2014

"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."

Feb 05, 2014

Nobody killed, I hope? Any dead bodies?

Jul 11, 2012

"Sucks to your assmar!"

tt14 Jun 18, 2012

. “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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