Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies

When a plane crashes on a remote island, a small group of schoolboys are the sole survivors. From the prophetic Simon and virtuous Ralph to the lovable Piggy and brutish Jack, each of the boys attempts to establish control as the reality - and brutal savagery - of their situation sets in.The boys' struggle to find a way of existing in a community with no fixed boundaries invites readers to evaluate the concepts involved in social and political co...


Details Lord of the Flies

TitleLord of the Flies
ISBN9780140283334
Author
Release DateOct 1st, 1999
PublisherPenguin Books
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages182 pages
GenreClassics, Fiction, Young Adult, Academic, School, Literature
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Reviews Lord of the Flies

  • Silvana
    2008-01-31
    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.A bit of synopsis: 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 ...
  • Nora
    2007-09-25
    I read this book a long time ago, long enough to where I barely remembered anything past the basic premise. So I picked it up again, only to wish I hadn't. There's a reason why they teach this book in middle school--in order to enjoy this book, one's intellectual cognizance must be that of a child, because otherwise you'll spend the entire time picking out everything that's wrong with the book. And there's a lot to pick out.From what little of th...
  • Emily May
    2010-12-05
    Kids are evil. Don't you know?I've just finished rereading this book for my book club but, to be honest, I've liked it ever since my class were made to read it in high school. Overall, Lord of the Flies doesn't seem to be very popular, but I've always liked the almost Hobbesian look at the state of nature and how humanity behaves when left alone without societal rules and structures. Make the characters all angel-faced kids with sadistic sides to...
  • Nancy
    2008-01-14
    Lord of the Flies is one of the most disturbing books I've ever read. It was required high school reading and since then, I've read it four more times. It is as disturbing now as it was then. Using a group of innocent schoolboys stranded on an island, the author very realistically portrays human behavior in an environment where civilization no longer has meaning.
  • Mk
    2008-02-25
    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. There are a few reasons why I think simply dropping a group of kids on a desert island does not in fact prove anything.1) These kids were raised in a capitalist, nominally demcratic society. The first thing they do is appoint leaders. As someone who spends my time working in consensus based groups seeking t...
  • Andrew
    2007-08-22
    I was tempted to give this five stars, since in so many ways it strikes me as the kind of masterpiece, like Heart of Darkness, that I imagine will retain its horror and readability for centuries. The prose veers (or as Golding would say it, "tends") from plain to painterly. The story is well known: a sort of allegorical morality play set in modern times -- fancy English boys left to their own devices don't so much as revert to darkness as discove...
  • Yulia
    2007-07-13
    I was Piggy (well, in personality at least, though not in portliness). I hated everyone who picked on him. I still do. Should people be forgiven for what they do on a deserted island? That depends on whether you think their true nature has revealed itself, or their humanity has been corrupted by circumstance and stress. In a world where almost every human trait is now considered a product of both nature and nurture, would Golding have written his...
  • Huda Yahya
    2012-05-17
    لا أظن أحدا درس الإنجليزية ولم تمر عليه هذه الروايةكنتُ في عامي الرابع وقت دراستهاومن أول وهلة جذبتنيوبينما كان زملائي يهتمون بما سيأتي منها في الامتحانكنت أنا ألتهمها التهامالن أنسى ما حييت شعوري وأنا أقرأ الحوار ما بين سيد الذباب وسايمونثم مقت...
  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    2016-02-13
    I only know that Lord of the Flies is an extremely popular classic book but I have zero idea on what it’s about and I must say, this is completely unexpected and until now I’m not sure if that’s in a good way or bad. ^^ The premise is without a doubt ingenious- a group of kids castaway in an island? Sounds like a partaayy! Tom Hanks would have loved to jump in if only he weren’t an adult.^^And party it was at the greater half of the book ...
  • David
    2007-07-24
    I just don't buy it.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.Perhaps if I'd gone to English boarding school I'd feel differently--but then that's the real irony of this book, that the brutality from which the British Empi...
  • Henry Avila
    2011-11-17
    A British airplane, on fire, crashes on a deserted, isolated, South Sea's island, in the middle of an atomic war, set in the near future . All the grown-ups are killed, and only children , 12 and younger survive, how are they to cope (basically an allegorical story of what is human nature , good or evil ?) . Ralph is chosen leader,"Piggy", his intellectual sidekick, he wears glasses, this beautiful , green, tropical coral isle , with a blue lagoo...
  • Helen (Helena/Nell)
    2007-07-07
    Over the years I must have read this book five or six times. Last night I was reading it on a train with a highlighter in my hand, because I decided to teach it this year again. Teachers wreck books, of course. We all know that. On the other hand, whatever you have to study-read, you tend to carry a bit of it with you. You don't forget that book, at least. Although I must add, that it's quite risky introducing to a Scottish classroom a book with ...
  • Gothadh
    2007-06-01
    I absolutely hated this book. That's my over-riding memory of it I'm afraid. I had to read it in secondary school when I was about 12 and I never remember disliking a book so much which was surprising as I was a voracious reader.I just remember having absolutely nothing in common with the characters - a group of English upper / middle class school boys whereas I was a Scottish working class girl. I just could not relate to the story at all and ju...
  • Cecily
    2009-02-23
    A hard book to rate as although its well written and is very thought provoking, the content gets unpleasantly graphic and some aspects are awkwardly dated (eg the assumption the British boys should be jolly good chaps - “we’re not savages, we’re English”).PLOTIt starts off as a conventional adventure: a mixed group of boys (some know each other; many who don’t) survive a plane crash on a desert island and struggle to survive. It is some...
  • Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
    2008-08-28
    BOYS WILL BE BOYS THERE'S A PIG'S HEAD.
  • Mario
    2015-06-12
    Maybe there is a beast… maybe it's only us.This book doesn't fall under horror category, right? Then why did it scare living crap out of me?Lord of the Flies is a story about a group of boys who get marooned on one island after their plane crashed. Now, from the first page of this book, I had this uneasy feeling for some reason. And the more I read, the more that feeling grew. I've already heard that this book was not an easy book to read and t...
  • Evgeny
    2016-03-31
    A group read with a bunch of Pantaloonless Buddies.A group of young boys are dumped on a small island in the middle of Atlantic. The reason for this is very sketchy and the tale starts right after this event. For a while it was all fun and games until it was not: primitive instincts took over and for kids it became kill-or-be-killed survival. This book was hailed by some critics as the best novels written in English. This is also an undisputed cl...
  • Jason Koivu
    2010-06-24
    I've got the conch now, so listen up!In Lord of the Flies Golding deconstructed civilization, wiping it out and showing us our world in chaos. It's not pretty. Man without governance is apt to slide into savagery. At first the castaway children on this deserted isle set up rules and leadership, but law and order is overwhelmed when the majority discover there is no immediate consequence if they give in to their wants and desires. In the place of ...
  • Fernando
    2016-08-12
    Civilización y barbarie. ¿Civilización o barbarie? ¿Cuán profunda es el alma humana? ¿Somos todos tan malos? ¿Somos buenos y en algún momento la vida hace aflorar lo más perverso que está oculto en nuestros corazones? ¿Nacemos con una maldad adormecida y latente o las circunstancias de la vida nos transforman e inclinan hacia el mal? Este libro me ha hecho plantear estas preguntas. Me ha hecho pensar. En otras reseñas, he comentado cu...
  • Riku Sayuj
    2011-08-02
    This tends to me among the top five books I recommend to anyone who cares to ask.Questioning and undermining Rousseau's 'noble savage' was one of its essential goals (as Alan mentions below), hence the positioning of a classic dystopia in an idyllic setting and the choice of 'boy-scout' perfect protagonists. It is as good a dystopic novel as they come. And essential because most dystopic novels were set in urban settings, giving the illusion that...
  • Scarlet Cameo
    2017-03-04
    Creo que no puedo decir otra cosa que no sea waoh!!-RTC-
  • Nandakishore Varma
    2011-09-13
    Is humanity inherently prone to savagery or civilisation? I guess the jury's still out on that one.Golding, however, is convinced that we are all bloodthirsty savages at heart - and he has written this novel to prove it.I don't know whether he's right or wrong; but who cares? This book's terrific.
  • Kat (Lost in Neverland)
    2012-01-13
    Thank god I'm done with this horrible book.A plane full of British schoolboys crash lands on a deserted island with no adults. In the beginning, they try to be civilized and concentrate on being rescued, but the mind of Jack quickly (too quickly, I'd say) becomes twisted and warped into madness. The main protagonist is Ralph, the one who remained slightly sane throughout the book. Ralph was really annoying at the start, but he grew as a character...
  • Jonathan Ashleigh
    2014-10-07
    Piggy is civilized because he wears glasses, but he wont always have them.“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.”
  • Diane
    2017-02-19
    This was an assigned book when I was a kid, and it scarred me for life. While I understand the basic themes — man is brutal, greedy, selfish and, when given power, will rule absolutely — it's fucking horrifying to see this drama play out in a group of children stranded on an island.When a book-club friend suggested we all re-read this novel, I shrieked, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!I hope I never have to read Lord of the Flies again. And they shouldn't...
  • Χαρά(Chara)_ MimL
    2017-01-19
    _The lord of the flies_*It is a 4,5*The writing is excellent, the pacing is excellent, the characters are kids and they certainly do feel like children. Completely and utterly foolish children.This book shows that Μr Golding deeply believed that the human race is evil. I, also myself, do believe that too. Only 4 people managed to remain human, and yes, they were all hurt by the island and yes their whole existance got shattered into pieces, but ...
  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2011-04-06
    Written in the afterword:The theme for LORD OF THE FLIES is described by Golding as follows (in the same publicity questionnaire): "The theme is an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature. The moral is that the shape of a society must depend on the ethical nature of the individual and not on any political system however apparently logical or respectable. The whole book is symbolic in nature except...." - and he...
  • Shayantani Das
    2011-06-24
    Rating: 3.5 A group of British boys get stranded on an island after their plane crashes. At first, the kids revel in their freedom, and lack of an authority figure. But slowly, these well educated kids turn into savages, and give way to their natural animalistic side. The political and biblical undertones of this novel are very interesting. So is symbolism of the conch shell and lord of the flies. It has a deeper meaning than what meets the eye. ...