Lord of the Flies

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Penguin Publishing Group, Jul 27, 1959 - Fiction - 208 pages
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Before The Hunger Games there was Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies
remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought and literature.

William Golding's compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first it seems as though it is all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious and life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death. As ordinary standards of behaviour collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them—the world of cricket and homework and adventure stories—and another world is revealed beneath, primitive and terrible.Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a true classic.



"Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years." 
—Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

"As exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking now as it was when Golding published it in 1954."
Stephen King

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Hard to read - full of double meanings. - LibraryThing
It's well written, great plot, and interesting message. - LibraryThing
One thing I still dislike about it though is the prose. - LibraryThing
The ending is surprising and satisfying. - LibraryThing
William Golding is an inventive writer with a purpose. - LibraryThing
Each reading of the novel provides a new insight. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Lukerik - LibraryThing

Now this really is an exceptionally good novel. Subtly, beautifully and concisely written. I think it's one of those books that needs to be read more than once. A couple of times the notes pose the ... Read full review

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User Review  - PeterLickinPan - LibraryThing

I am doing this review in my English class. This book is a good book. Its exiting but it is hard to understand at times because of the hard grammar. It gives lots of detail and has the true nature of ... Read full review

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About the author (1959)

Born in Cornwall, England, William Golding started writing at the age of seven. Though he studied natural sciences at Oxford to please his parents, he also studied English and published his first book, a collection of poems, before finishing college. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II, participating in the Normandy invasion. Golding's other novels include Lord of the Flies, The Inheritors, The Spire, Rites of Passage (Booker Prize), and The Double Tongue.

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