Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

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William Golding's Lord of the Flies is a dystopian classic: 'e xciting, relevant and thought-provoking' (Stephen King). W hen a group of schoolboys are stranded on a desert island, what could go wrong?

'One of my favorite books - I read it every couple of years.' ( Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games )

A plane crashes on a desert island. The only survivors are a group of schoolboys. By day, they discover fantastic wildlife and dazzling beaches, learning to survive; at night, they are haunted by nightmares of a primitive beast. Orphaned by society, it isn't long before their innocent childhood games devolve into a savage, murderous hunt ...

'Stands out mightily in my memory ... Such a strong statement about the human heart.' (Patricia Cornwell)

'Terrifying and haunting.' (Kingsley Amis)

'Beautifully written, tragic and provocative.' (E. M. Forster)

ONE OF THE BBC'S ICONIC 'NOVELS THAT SHAPED OUR WORLD'

What readers are saying:

' Every real human being should read this ... This is what we are.'

' It's brilliant, it's captivating, it's thought provoking and brutal and for some, its truly terrifying.'

'I t can be read and re-read many times, and every time something new will appear .'

' There is a reason why this is studied at school ... Excellent read.'

' This is one of the few books I've read that I keep on my Kindle to read again.'

'I revisit this every few years and it's always fresh and impressive ... One of the best books I've ever read.'

Publisher: New York, New York :, Penguin Books,, 2013
Copyright Date: ©1954
ISBN: 9780571267385
0571267386
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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AlexaLe
Aug 05, 2020

Have you ever wondered what you would do if you were stuck on a deserted island with a bunch of children? It is only natural that chaos would follow, as it does in William Goulding’s Lord of the Flies. A classic novel for both personal and educational reading, a ragtag group of young boys are deserted on an island after their plane crashes. From there, they must learn how to coexist and build a semblance of structure in order to stay sane and survive. The early chapters begin with introductions to characters such as young Ralph and chubby, bespectacled Piggy. A fight between Ralph and choir boy Jack Merridew over becoming the leader of this quasi-civilization leads to a break in trust, loyalty, and leadership. The boys encounter a series of terrifying natural elements, forcing them to adapt to this new normal. As it becomes clear that rescue is not imminent, the boys begin to lose their sanity, and truly become beasts of the wild.

While some may see this as just a typical island story to read in school, I believe this is anything but, for it details what truly happens when civilization and structure is removed from your life. It shows that civilized boys can become deranged beasts, capable of killing both animals and each other. I was captivated by all of the symbolism and character progression in the story, as they were simultaneously subtle and prominent. This is a fascinating novel that does an excellent job of exploring the animalistic aspects of human nature, even in young boys who have no previous history of violence. Goulding skillfully highlights their descent into madness and their gradual forgetfulness of anything that society has taught them about civilization. In the wild, it is eat or be eaten, and this is exactly what the boys do.

I love this novel, but it is extremely dark. I would not recommend this to people who cannot read about death or violence, as this book is replete with it. Overall, it is a great novel that goes deep into barbaric tragedy and destructive chaos.

Age rating: 13+
Star rating: 5 stars

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IshaanGupta30
Jul 21, 2020

The Lord of the Flies follows a group of young children who are all alone on an island because their plane was shot down amidst a war. Coming from civilized society, the young boys are free from all rules due to the lack of supervision by grown-ups. This very lack of control results in their descent from “civilized” to “uncivilized,” and eventually become savages.

I personally really liked the novel since its coming-of-age story is very interesting and the character development is fairly engaging. The fact that the novel explains the importance of rules in our society is one of the reasons why I love this novel. The novel represents the tensions between the human urge toward savagery and the controlling nature of rules and regulations.

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abc123abc123123
Jul 10, 2020

Lord of the Flies is a book that definitely makes the reader want to keep reading. In the story there was a bunch of young boys who got stranded on an island due to a plane crash. Throughout the story the boys form different relationships, groups and attitudes. In order to stay “civil” on this deserted island two boys, Ralph and Piggy, find a conch shell that is used to summon the others on the island as well as create rules to stay alive. These tactics do not end so well and eventually lead to brutality and violence. This was a great book and teaches some important lessons for people of all ages.

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usersjpl
Jun 26, 2020

"Lord of the Flies" is about a plane, evacuating a group of schoolboys from the ongoing war in Britain, that is shot down onto a deserted island. The boys attempt to make their own civilized society on the island, but only death, fear, and chaos ensue. Golding creatively demonstrates the importance of rules and the complexity of human beings through hints of humor, gore, and mystery. It is for any readers with a calculative and undisturbed mind. The vast use of sensory detail may be confusing, and the killings and innuendos of evil may be disturbing. Unlike other stories where twists and turns make books too confusing and unpleasant, it is quite befitting for the Lord of the Flies. It enhances the novel’s vibe of eeriness. It is a fun challenge to try to figure out the book’s, characters’, and objects’ significance. This is a story for readers interested in human evil, fear, civilization, and loss of innocence.

Star Rating: 3 and ½

Age Rating: 12+

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gurleen03
Jun 26, 2020

“Lord of the Flies” by William Golding is an exceptional book that delves into sequences full of curiosity and excitement. A plane crashed near a tropical island that carried schoolboys in which Ralph and Piggy are highlights of helping the group survive in the isolated and unknown place without any adult guide. Many characters join to make this book memorable, but the most important ones are worth talking of. Jack, a teenager who acts like a beast when it’s time to hunt for food, becomes in charge of keeping the group fed. Jack’s ultimate goal is to catch a pig (the lord of the flies) which makes him aggressive towards his team. Piggy carries the most tragic role: he deals with asthma and wearing big glasses makes him feel like an outsider. Planes fly by the island but they are unaware and eventually, they will have to find a way out or seek help. I liked how the story kept its meaning and it did not have many unnecessary events. Despite that quality, I feel that the author could have extended the ending instead of rushing the suspense of the story in a few pages. But in all, I recommend this book for those who like suspense and adventures!

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ctonci
Jun 19, 2020

Lord of the Flies is an incredible work of fiction, opening with a group of children stranded on an island after a plane crash. Over the course of a couple weeks, they learn how to govern themselves without any adult supervision, but they soon realize that totalitarian rule is a goal for one of the boys fighting for leadership. The novel really puts into perspective how easily mankind can fall back into chaos after thousands of years of building a sustainable society. One thing I really like about this book is how the story builds slowly but still captivates the reader. Also, Lord of the Flies holds an important message for the readers who think that complete control over the people is an ethical way to govern society. I think this book is good for kids 15+ because it is written in a more mature English style which can be a little hard to interpret. It also has quite a bit of violence and gore.

pacl_teens Jun 17, 2020

"I read this book for the first time during my freshman year and while I understood important elements of it then, the book has grown on me quite a lot. This is a classic book that has been heavily referenced ever since it came out. The movie is decent but if you have the time, I suggest you read the book. LOTF focuses on boyhood, chaos, and who we are when we are separated from the comforting structure of modern society. The plot of the book revolves around a group of boys who are stranded on an island and develop a sort of primitive society. You see how different boys act in different ways which I found to be absolutely fascinating. The situation these boys are in brings out the good, bad, and the ugly. I will not give any spoilers but I can say that the way that this story pans out is extraordinary, but not exaggerated or unrealistic in any way.

Seeing as how this book is older and considered to be a classic novel, I would personally recommend that anyone above the age of 14 read this book. Honestly, the older the get the more you will appreciate what Golding is trying to show us in this book. We have all been the age that the boys in this story are and you see bits of people around you and yourself in these boys. No matter the age, we all act in certain ways when our lives are uprooted. This book is fascinating to look at from a sociological perspective and I found it to be a relatively easy book to follow and get sucked into." -Martin, Grade 12

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kimdaang
Apr 16, 2020

This fictional book shows a lot of brutality between little kids. I thought kids were innocent, but this book changed my mind. The British kids in this book are savage when there is no adult supervision around. It proves that adults need to keep kids in check.

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Anita_Dickey
Dec 14, 2019

i read this book as part of the 300 books everyone should read once featured on listopia. i did not care for it. i felt like i was breaking into a story without knowing the characters and the setting and it never got much better. i found it evil and a little creepy. i suppose it ended well enough, but i probably would bother reading it again

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Derringer
Sep 14, 2019

Originally published back in 1954 - "Lord of the Flies" would be the debut work of fiction by British novelist, William Golding.

This novel's intense story focuses in on a group of 30 British boys (between the ages of 6 to 12) who are stranded on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific. Left to themselves (far from modern civilization) these boys descend into savagery as they make a disastrous attempt to govern themselves.

I think it's interesting to note that upon its initial publication back in 1954 - "Lord of the Flies" went out of print (due to poor sales) within a year's time. But, then, quite unexpectedly, it regained popularity and went on to become a best-seller.

There have been 2 screen adaptations of this book, as well (1963 and 1990).

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Jun 26, 2020

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May 29, 2020

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May 11, 2018

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May 11, 2018

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Aug 17, 2017

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Feb 07, 2017

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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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