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Lord of the Flies [Mass Market Paperback]

William Golding
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ORIGINAL IDEA OF PRISTINE SURVIVAL March 24 2008
By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This being a classic most of us had to read in school, I dared commenting on some plot points - so,
***** *** ** * WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD * ** *** *****

A number of phospholipids left alone in solution will self-organize into a double-layer membrane. A number of differentiated cells carry the inherent capability of self-organize into a semblance of tissue. Do humans carry a similar inherent tendency to self-organize into organized societies? And at what price?

From Stephen King's THE STAND to one of the best TV series ever, LOST, the idea of an isolated group of survivors forming a pristine human society and falling to avoid our dark proclivities has been explored again and again. This 1954 novel was the original telling of it. WILLIAM GOLDING being a Literature Nobelist, it comes to no surprise that his prose is mesmerizing, economic and direct at the same time.

Most societal archetypes and their interactive trajectories are elegantly represented: the benevolent yet eventually dethroned natural leader (Ralph) that is vindicated only after a deus ex machina intervention (the Naval officer); the militaristic idiot that manages to pass as a charismatic necessity (Jack); the technology-dependent intellectual weakling (Piggy) that eventually gets murdered by the brutal dictator (Roger) - who would come up running the show in the end if not stopped by their return to civilization. Reading LORD OF THE FLIES will bring up a great number of familiar societal types. Nevertheless, GOLDING presents a rather deterministic viewpoint.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The most hopeless book I have ever read Aug. 16 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really don't know what kind of criteria this book met to receive as much acclamation over the years as it has, it is the absolute worst book I've ever read. Pessimistic, cynical, jaded and completely blind to the truth of the human condition, Golding uses this book as an opportunity to highlight the worst part of the human condition. Golding's message that mankind is imprisoned by civilization, and once we are freed from it we will return to "savage" roots is baseless and nihilistic. Save yourself the agravation and do not read this book. If you are looking for a cautionary tale of some sort, read 1984 by George Orwell or anything other than this insulting piece of overrated literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Thought-Provoking Classic! June 14 2005
Format:Audio Cassette
I recently taught this novel to the Seniors at Tampa Bay Tech High School. When I first introduced the title, they were turned off. But somehow we got through it, and once they understood the symbolism and the theme, they got into it.
This novel is not only a classic, it is part of many high school curriculum agendas. For Hillsborough County in Florida, it is the requirement for Seniors. I even read this book as a Senior in 1989.
I have always loved this novel because I really appreciate Golding's artistry and style. He has an incredible vocabulary and yet the story flows in a very easy-to-read and simple manner. The themes are dark, which makes sense considering that the novel came out in 1954 - a very cynical time in the literary world.
In LOTF, Golding presented a story loaded with irony, symbolism, and theme. Man's dark nature, chaos and war, and the loss of innocence are the major themes that run through the novel. Golding was trying to explain that the problems in society are based on human nature, not political structures. I'm sure that Karl Marx would agree with Golding's philosophies at this point in time.
It has a good plot, even though the beginning is focused on character development. There is a lot of action, and a lot of foreshadowing elements. It's basically about a group of boys, who crash land on a deserted island during wartime, and have to survive on their own while they await rescue.
Each of the characters in the novel symbolically represent some figure in society. There's Ralph, who is the elected leader, and Jack who wanted to be the leader and gains control through manipulating the younger/weaker boys with fear and bullying tactics. The human nature conflict is best represented in the struggle for power or control that these two boys face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Thought-Provoking Classic! May 23 2005
Format:Audio Cassette
I recently taught this novel to the Seniors at Tampa Bay Tech High School. When I first introduced the title, they were turned off. But somehow we got through it, and once they understood the symbolism and the theme, they got into it.
This novel is not only a classic, it is part of many high school curriculum agendas. For Hillsborough County in Florida, it is the requirement for Seniors. I even read this book as a Senior in 1989.
I have always loved this novel because I really appreciate Golding's artistry and style. He has an incredible vocabulary and yet the story flows in a very easy-to-read and simple manner. The themes are dark, which makes sense considering that the novel came out in 1954 - a very cynical time in the literary world.
In LOTF, Golding presented a story loaded with irony, symbolism, and theme. Man's dark nature, chaos and war, and the loss of innocence are the major themes that run through the novel. Golding was trying to explain that the problems in society are based on human nature, not political structures. I'm sure that Karl Marx would agree with Golding's philosophies at this point in time.
It has a good plot, even though the beginning is focused on character development. There is a lot of action, and a lot of foreshadowing elements. It's basically about a group of boys, who crash land on a deserted island during wartime, and have to survive on their own while they await rescue.
Each of the characters in the novel symbolically represent some figure in society. There's Ralph, who is the elected leader, and Jack who wanted to be the leader and gains control through manipulating the younger/weaker boys with fear and bullying tactics. The human nature conflict is best represented in the struggle for power or control that these two boys face.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well, this novel is kept in the curriculum of ...
Well, this novel is kept in the curriculum of English for Academic Purposes program.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Educational Edition of Lord of the Flies
The book is in great condition. It was also an excellent price. I couldn't be happier with the product. Thank you.
Published 6 months ago by Emily
1.0 out of 5 stars completely unbelievable and a waste of time
I read this book because it is supposed to be a classic. It is an unbelievable story for many reasons. Read more
Published on June 1 2011 by David Huntley
5.0 out of 5 stars "All we have is the rules"
Ever fantasize that you are on an island free from the restraints of society? William Golding has taken that scenario to the nth in this story of a bunch of English boys, plane... Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2010 by bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars perhaps too simplistic, but still very good
I wonder if this book is in the vein of other dystopian views of the world that were published in the mid-20th century, such as Brave New World and 1984. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2007 by Paul J. Fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars I read this in communications class (english)
i read it and well i liked it so much i watched the 1963 movie right after i finished reading the book! I love how detailed and imaginative it is. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2006 by Joanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing idea of what could be
Given the current state of the world, and especially current events as of this writing, it's hard to say that LORD OF THE FLIES is shocking. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2005 by Abbott McFarlane
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Thought-Provoking Classic!
I recently taught this novel to the Seniors at Tampa Bay Tech High School. When I first introduced the title, they were turned off. Read more
Published on July 14 2005 by Scott C. Hacket
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