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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

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Before The Hunger Games there was Lord of the Flies

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.

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.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.


" Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years."
--Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

"As exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking now as it was when Golding published it in 1954."
-- Stephen King

ISBN: 9781573226127
1573226122
9780143129400
Branch Call Number: 823.914 G619
FICTION Golding 1954

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hazelwilli
May 06, 2021

there were not enough lords of flies. misleading title.

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AkashSeelam
May 02, 2021

A group of privileged young boys lands on an island with no adults in sight. At first, it seems surreal. No adults, no rules, no regulations. The island was theirs to rule, and they could do whatever they wanted. However, it was soon understood that rules were the bedrock of a well-ordered society. The boys tried to follow the rules - but things fell apart much faster than they could ever predict.

I really liked this book. I re-read it recently and was surprised at all the underlying themes that I missed on my first read-through. The characters are incredibly deep, with a lot of different tendencies and morals that the book tries to highlight. It is very important to realize that The Lord of the Flies goes beyond its plot. It has a much deeper message embedded, about human tendencies to go back to their roots. It also tries to answer the age-old question: Does society make Humans human, or does Society make humans animals? This age-old debate is answered in this book.
Rating: 3/5
Recommended for age 13 and up - Scenes of death.

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kchang12
Apr 30, 2021

The novel Lord of the Flies is such a classic. I read it my freshman year and while the novel to me was shocking, I couldn’t stop reading it. The characters themselves such as Piggy, Jack, and Ralph seem so real. Golding did an amazing job of making the story feel authentic. Even though Lord of the Flies is a rather dark book, it’s a read that’s meaningful and important. It’s a very dramatic novel and yet even though the characters are children, I found myself at times forgetting that because of the situation they were thrown in. I would recommend reading this book since the moral of the story is an important one.

In William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, a group of schoolboys get stranded on an uninhabited island and have to learn how to work together to survive and get rescued. With no adult supervision, the boys initially view this as liberating but eventually this liberation turns into chaos and frenzy as the boys become more barbaric and evil. This novel definitely makes you wonder if the nature of mankind is evil and what would happen if society had no rules. I actually enjoyed this book, especially seeing how the boys gradually turned more and more “evil” and separated from society. The descriptions were incredibly vivid and could imagine everything well, but the downside of this was that sometimes I zoned out because it felt wordy. In addition, I liked how there was lots of drama, tension, and suspense with this story. The ending felt a little sudden however, but even this part was filled with irony and symbolism so it was not too bad. There is definitely a good amount of gore in this book, so I would recommend this for ages 13+ since it can be quite disturbing.

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al3xdu
Apr 21, 2021

The Lord of the Flies takes place on a remote island, where stranded students turn against each other as well as the environment as they turn from civilization to savagery. While reading the book, I was most intrigued by tracing the developments of each of the characters: they often take different approaches in the same situation, and demonstrate a variety of different personalities teens can relate to. For this reason, I recommend this book to any teenager.

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r__shei
Apr 01, 2021

I liked the imagery in this book, which it contains a lot of. I liked the imagery because it really allows the reader to imagine themselves in the book and provides a deeper connection to the book. I also think the concept/plot of the book was interesting. I would give the book 5 stars because it was written well and had some good lessons. I’d say the age rating is middle school and above because the concept may be frightening for younger children.

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GF_GS_GH_
Mar 26, 2021

I strongly suggest readers to read this because, it's shows us how society can be like, if we don't make a strong foundation in our world. It also shows us how the world can be destroyed easily if we don't agree on most thins and how that could become chaos and what could happen if we let it be chaotic and not stop it, it can also end up horrible and then the world could never be fixed if we let this go on. So read-Read-READ

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jessegabriel
Mar 23, 2021

Lord of the Flies, is in my opinion, key in understanding psychology and the darkness shadowing over humanity. Don't take these pages for granted, they are important.

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 22, 2021

Lord of the Flies tells the story of a group of boys who try to survive on an island long enough until someone can rescue them. The boys quickly establish rules and pick Ralph as their leader. The former choir kids become hunters and slowly descend into savagery, singing chants, and becoming obsessed with killing. They soon split off into their own separate tribe and they try to either kill or recruit the remaining boys.

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maharshi_m2005
Feb 26, 2021

When a plane crashes on an uninhabited island, a handful of young schoolboys survive the crash. At first, the boys are glad as they have no adult supervision and have absolute freedom. But soon, the boys establish a system and focus on surviving and try to look for ways to be rescued. Soon problems arise as the boys realize that they are changing and even begin to argue about who is in charge. This story was interesting due to the unique characters, setting, and concept of the story. The boys' communication and interaction shaped the overall story and made it a great read. Overall, Lord of the Flies is a complex and good book because of the unique concept and characters' interactions.

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Nov 25, 2020

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Sep 14, 2020

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gurleen03
Jun 26, 2020

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maheswari_bajji
May 29, 2020

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danizhao
Mar 21, 2020

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pataustin11
Aug 14, 2019

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brookebixby
May 11, 2018

brookebixby thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 99

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Star_14
Aug 11, 2020

At the beginning of the Second World War, a group of British boys on a flight overseas crash-land on a deserted island, bringing nothing with them but the clothes on their backs and the wisdom of their young minds. Which, unfortunately, is usually less than sufficient. Luckily, the island is bountiful with animals, fruit-bearing trees, clean water, wood for shelters, and kindling for fire. But here's the issue: there are no adults present. At first, Ralph, one of the oldest of the boys, is declared chief by popular vote, and starts to delegate younger children to complete much-needed tasks on the island. But very soon, an opposition is established by Jack, the obvious and manipulative leader of a cohort separate from Ralphs. Conflict very quickly arises between the two. It turns into an unsanctioned power struggle where the winner is only determined by the other children, many of whom just want to play and eat freely. The beginnings of a shaky but pragmatic endeavor to survive turns into a bid for total control. As the boys become more and more war-like and primitive, other, younger boys start to disappear without any mention of their whereabouts. When more and more start to die, the boys are forced to reckon with the destruction they've caused, and change, for better or for worse.

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S_ice
Jul 16, 2020

A group of young boys all by themselves on an island. No adults to tell them what to do. It’s paradise… at least that’s what they all thought at the beginning. Soon, the boys choose a leader named Ralph; however, another boy named Jack wants to be the leader too. As time goes on, their relationship starts getting unhealthy. Some boys support Jack and others support Ralph. Read this book to find out about how Jack, Ralph, and the other boys stranded on the island interact with each other with no adults to give them advice. Will they end up finding a way to live peacefully together? Or will they end up fighting and have a violent relationship? Will there ever be a rescuer who comes to save all the boys from this island?

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maheswari_bajji
May 29, 2020

Lord of the Flies is a book written by William Golding. It is about a group of young boys aged 5-12 who crash land on a desert island. To survive they have to start a civilization and cooperate, which becomes bad by the end of the book. Upon arriving, the boys chose a boy named Ralph to be chief. Throughout the story Ralph calls assemblies with a white conch he finds with his new friend Piggy, and their “civilization” does start. However his enemy Jack who wants to be chief and loves to hunt, makes life on the island a tribe and ruins “civilization”. There are 4 main characters in this book Simon, Ralph, Piggy and Jack who represent 4 aspects of life. I like this story as it talks about how young boys survive without adults on an island. The ending is surprising, because two boys “disappear” and Jack’s tribe becomes Savages. I like the book as it also talks about a power struggle between two boys, and how that causes life to become very bad on the island. I would rate this a 5/5, and say that this book is for children ages 13 and up.

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Book1972
Jun 11, 2018

In William Golding’s allegory novel Lord of the Flies, a group of boys are on an uninhabited island and have to govern themselves. A plane was shot down over the island. Some of the group of British schoolboys survived. Without adult supervision, they try to set rules for the island. A set of twins, Sam and Eric, mistake a dead pilot parachuting down to the island for a beast. Jack, thinks he is the rightful ‘chief’, calls for a hunt for the beast. Ralph, the ‘chief’, accuse Jack of not wanting to be rescued. Ralph joins the hunt and they do the "kill the pig" chant multiple times. After a while, the boys were under the impression that Simon was the beast and decided to kill him. Ralph and Piggy tried to justify their part of the murder. They said it was motivated by fear and instinct. Piggy questioned Jack about being sensible: “Which is better-to be a pack of painted Indians like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph is” (180)? Piggy was hit and he fell down the mountains until he hit the beach. The impact killed Piggy. Jack declared himself chief then he calls for a hunt on Ralph. Ralph realized that the schoolboys that arrived on the Island are now savages. Ralph hides until he noticed the other boys are setting the forest on fire to try to smoke him out. If they continue to do this, the fire will destroy all the fruit on the Island. A naval officer arrived on his ship. He thought the boys have been playing games to which he scolds them for not behaving more organized and responsible. Ralph wept for the end of the boy’s innocence and the death of Piggy.
Overall, I had a few favorite quotes. Of Course, I like that one kid calling people “wacco[s]” (27). I just enjoyed the quote about letting the fire go out: “They let the bloody fire go out” (68). The quote about fear just was really cool: “The thing is-fear can’t hurt you any more than a dream” (82). Personally, I enjoyed some childish fights and comments. Ralph and Jack arguing about who will be the chief. Also, when they call each other names “‘Who’s a thief?’ ‘You are’” (177)! In my honest opinion, it was not the best book I have read. I only enjoyed a few quotes and a few sections. The only reasons I would recommend this book is because it is an easy and short read; the book took me about two hours to read. Other than that I do not recommend reading it.

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Dragonrat703
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.

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fearlessforever
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.

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Grace71park
Jul 24, 2020

“ ‘Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!...You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you?’ ” (126)

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readingfairy
Oct 15, 2019

“You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?” ~ the Lord of the Flies, page 158

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violet_cat_4736
Mar 19, 2019

“The greatest ideas are the simplest.”

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Dragonrat703
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."

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ck15
Feb 05, 2014

Nobody killed, I hope? Any dead bodies?

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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Dragonrat703
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.

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blue_zebra_421
Jul 17, 2015

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

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JihadiConservative
Sep 06, 2013

Violence: A stabbing and a crushing with rock

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fearlessforever
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....

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noob123
Jul 06, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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noob123
Jul 06, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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