Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies

The book focuses on a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves.


Details Lord of the Flies

TitleLord of the Flies
ISBN9780140283334
Author
Release DateOct 1st, 1999
PublisherPenguin Books
LanguageEnglish
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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lisa
    2014-06-25
    "We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?"You did everything adults would do. That's what went wrong. There is much to be said against this novel, and it has been said, eloquently, poignantly, many times. Let me make a case for keeping it on the curriculum despite the dated language, the graphic violence, the author's personality...There are two myths about adolescents, and this novel does away with them in a - admittedly - drastic way...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Lyn
    2011-07-31
    Years after I read this masterpiece, it is still chilling. Golding spins a yarn that could have been told centuries ago, primal human nature unmoored from civilization does not take long to break away and devolve into a feral thing.As good today, and as haunting, as it was when it was published in 1954. This should be on a list of books that must be read.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Scarlet Cameo
    2016-04-14
    Lectura con el grupo PopSugar Reading Challenge en EspañolEn este mundo hay libro de los que nunca se duda el porque son clásicos y éste es uno de ellos. Con una premisa que ha sido explotadísima durante años: cómo hace un grupo de personas para sobrevivir en un ambiente aislado y reducido en recursos; hoy en día tenemos ejemplos como TWD y Lost para alimentarnos de esta idea germinal, pero ninguno de ellos logra lo que Golding hizo en est...
  • 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...
  • Natalie Vellacott
    2016-09-22
    This book shocked me. Not so much because of the content, I will come onto that, but because my gentle, kind, mother recommended it to me. My mum who mutes the TV when a swear word is coming up and who can't stand any type of violence recommended a book that involves children killing each other. Perhaps in her case familiarity has rendered the content less offensive--she studied it in high school and it had her childish scrawls all the way throug...
  • Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
    2008-08-28
    BOYS WILL BE BOYS THERE'S A PIG'S HEAD.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • James
    2017-03-11
    Book Review 3 out of 5 stars to Lord of the Flies, a coming-of-age novel written in 1954 by William Golding, who was a Nobel Prize winner. Most people have either read this book during middle/high school (in America or Great Britain), or have heard of it because of its supposed cannibalism story line. But wait... it wasn't cannibalism -- huge exaggeration to set straight, right from the beginning. But let's back up... At a time of war, a group o...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2010-10-06
    508. Lord of the flies, William Goldingعنوانها: سالار مگس ها؛ خداوندگار مگسها؛ بعل زبوب؛ نویسنده: سر ویلیام گلدینگ؛ (بهجت، ابتکار، افراشته، آپادانا، ابر سفید، رهنما، امیرکبیر)؛ ادبیات انگلستانعنوان: سالار مگس ها ؛ نویسنده: سر ویلیام گلدینگ؛ مترجم: حمید رفیعی؛ تهرا...
  • 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...
  • Coos Burton
    2018-01-31
    ¡Mátala! ¡Degüéllala! ¡Desángrala!¿Como en qué momento todo se puso tan terriblemente turbio y macabro? Empezó como una historia al estilo Mark Twain y terminó como algo salido de las pesadillas. Progresivamente se hizo más oscura hasta que todo se salió de control, y sigo sin poder procesar lo que leí. Es un librazo, de eso no tengo dudas.Me reservo una opinión más detallada para la video-reseña que subiré a mi canal muy pronto...
  • Χαρά Ζ.
    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 ...