The story that never grows old... Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate...more
The story that never grows old... 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. And now readers can own it in a beautifully designed hardcover edition worthy of its stature. This Christmas' meaningful gift, the 50th Anniversary Edition of the Lord of the Flies is the volume that every fan of this classic book will have to own. less
This one of those classics that I had only recently read. While the premise is interesting and the book is very good, you do have to let reality take a break. Not sure if the events as described in the book would ever happenin real life but it does make interesting reading.
This book is a must read but its antidote is its predecessor. Golding read R. M. Ballantyne's Coral Island before he wrote "The Lord of the Flies" but it seems that the grace of Ballantyne's book didn't resonate with Golding. Golding does a terrific job of describing the human condition without grace. I'm just glad that "The Lord of the Flies" isn't the whole story and that grace is available.
Although I was told that this book was rubbish (by Mick - my twin) I found it one of the most entralling novels I have ever read.
A book that aptly portrayed the savergery that is held at bay by the socialization process.
There's something strangely arresting about Lord of the Flies. The story builds with relentless pace, and the degeneration from order to chaos is compelling to watch. Despite its heavy-handed symbolism, still an enjoyable read.