Lord of the Flies

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Penguin, 1954 - Fiction - 208 pages
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When "Lord of the Flies" appeared in 1954 it received unprecedented reviews for a first novel. Critics used such phrases as "beautifully writeen, tragic and provocative... vivid and enthralling... this beautiful and desperate book... completely convincing and often very frightening... its progress is magnificient... like a fragment of nightmare... a dizzy climax of terror... the terrible spell of this book..." E.M. Forster chose it as the Outstanding Novel of the Year. "Time and Tide" touched upon perhaps the most important facet of this book when it said, "It is not only a first-rate adventure but a parable of our times, " and articles on this and subsequent Golding novels have stressed these twin aspects of Golding: a consummate control of the novel form, and a superb all-encompassing vision of reality which communicates itself with a power reminiscent of Conrad.
  

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What a book!!!

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Exceptional book. Great storyline and wonderful description of the places and people. Shows the darker side of humans so nicely. Must read... Read full review

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Has to read it twice to understand the true value of the book. There'll be parts where you'd wanna throw the book away in disgust but then understand it's essence. Truly the works of a man who deserves a Nobel Prize. Read full review

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Contents

The Sound of the Shell
7
Fire on the Mountain
32
Huts on the Beach
48
Painted Faces and Long Hair
58
Beast from Water
76
Beast from Air
95
Shadows and Tall Trees
109
Gift for the Darkness
124
A View to a Death
145
The Shell and the Glasses
155
Castle Rock
169
Cry of the Hunters
183
Notes on Lord of the Flies
203
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About the author (1954)

Born in Cornwall, England, in 1911 and educated at Oxford University, William Gerald Golding's first book, Poems, was published in 1935. Following a stint in the Royal Navy and other diversions during and after World War II, Golding wrote Lord of the Flies while teaching school. This was the first of several novels including Pincher Martin, Free Fall, and The Inheritors and a play, The Brass Butterfly, which led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983.

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