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Lord of the Flies Mass Market Paperback – 1959

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Perigee Books (1959)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399501487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399501487
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.3 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 751 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lord of the Flies , William Golding's classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island, is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, "the boy with fair hair," and Piggy, Ralph's chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island's wild pig population. Soon Ralph's rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted: "He forgot his words, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear on flying feet." Golding's gripping novel explores the boundary between human reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of adolescent competition. --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911 and was educated at Marlborough Grammar School and at Brasenose College, Oxford. His first novel, Lord of the Flies, was published in 1954 and was filmed by Peter Brook in 1963. He won the Booker Prize for his novel Rites of Passage in 1980, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983. He was knighted in 1988. He died at his home in the summer of 1993. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Any book this cynical is bound to cause criticism. It did from me when I read it as a kid in my English class, long ago. I was offended by the notion that we are all savages but for our civilized restraints, but then I thought on the dark side of human nature as I'd observed it around me and I realized it had its truth. If you take the book is more a question than an assertion, it's not so offensive. Anything which examines moral, societal or sociological questions catches my interest; as it stirs thought.

As for the quality of the writing, it is a classic story and the story stays with you a long time after you've read it. I've seen at least a couple adaptations of it, but nothing comes close to matching the novel. It horrifies you because it's not talking about a boogie-man who hides in your closet or a monster who swims in a lake; it's scary because it's talking about the horrors of our own inherit nature: kill or be killed. On some level, the animal side of our nature still resides, sparked by crisis or isolation. It is our good nature, protected by learned morals and upbringing, which allow us to be better human beings (and for some, spirituality or intellectualism.) What if all such affects were removed from young and impressionable children? It's uncomfortable food for thought.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
When we are young, we are unstable. We are like you protoplasm. Very unstable and full of energy. To stabilize there has to be something there keeping you stable. This is where your parents come into affect. Your parents are the glue that keeps you in order and provides that barrier that keeps you in line. But in the book, Lord of the Flies, that barrier is removed leaving fragile children to fend for themselves and provide order. Something of which children have no knowledge what so ever. In his book Lord of the Flies, William Golding seems to captivate anarchy among a small collection of children. But also a feeling of gradual decesent into insanity. A feeling that of which belongs in the twilight zone. Along with his use of symbols to try to bring order to the book. If you look deeper this book is a metaphor for the monarchy of England. Where one group (the weaker one with Paul as their leader)is weaker but its led by the true leader is representative of the people of England and the leader is the Queen. The other group is representative of parliament, a stronger group with a leader who is really listened to. But you might see it differently depending on your situation. Even though, the main theme stays the same. Without order there is only death and madness.
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Imagine you are stranded on an island with a large group of boys. What would you do? Well, that is exactly what the boys in The Lord of the Flies have to ponder. Four leaders emerge, but in different strengths and the best leader is elected. One leader knows what the people want, another one knows what is good for everybody and what should be done, another one is always helpful, and the last one who is elected knows what the people want and also what is good for them. The story starts out well with all of the characters loving the place, but then it is turned upside-down. There are divisions in people and what they should do which starts discrimination. Each group becomes independent and hates each other. Lord of the Flies represents every character as a real life person in a real society and shows how we are all born evil. Our society will never work out because of our human nature and our natural sin. The end, or the termination of society is extraordinarily gripping and powerful and dreadfully true. This book should be read and analyzed as it is read. In other words, this book is not to be read as an adventure book, for it is a very bad one, it is read to portray a very potent theme.
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