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LORD OF THE FLIES

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A fantasy is a singular - and singularly - believable spellbinder, and within the framework of its premises achieves a tremendous impetus and impact. During an atomic war, a group of boys aged from about six to twelve crash-land on an uninhabited tropical island. There Ralph, a responsible boy, is chosen chief and a certain routine established; a fire is made and to be kept going as a signal, huts ... Read full review

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This book is a very well written novel. The author depicts many askew perspectives about the island these boys are stuck on. William Golding, in my opinion, is a genius when it comes to closing the gap between fiction and reality. He blurs this line by creating settings and scenarios that are realistic, but interactions and encounters between the boys and "the beast" that are not. The boys do their best to govern their new lives. This challenge creates issues because they are not indigenous to the island. If you enjoys stories told about the evil that rests in all humans, then I recommend this book to you.  

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read Bruce Jenner's sequel "Bored of the Guys"

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I read this book as a class assignment. Very entertaining, and many events in this book is unexpected. Good read but not my favorite

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Extremely bad book, I recommend do not read and/or encourage others to read. Waste of a semester in my opinion

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Terrible, too much detail at some parts and ridiculously lacks details in others. If I could rate it lower than 1 I would

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This book is the worst book ever made. A children's coloring book is better than this piece of crap

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“The Lord of the Flies” is definitely a very ‘different’ book. I mean who would think of something like this? Kids killing kids, killing hogs and creating mysterious gods! Well, I guess William Golding would! As an English novelist, playwright, and poet who also won a Nobel Prize in literature, he really knows what he's doing!
Even though “The Lord of the Flies” is almost universally considered a classic, it actually isn't very hard to read. It's very well written, and I believe that Golding put a lot of thought, emotion, and imagination into the formation of this book. Out of all the books I've read (and that's a lot) this is definitely one of my top five. Golding really hit the mark with this one and I believe it will leave a lasting impression on everyone who reads it.
The strangeness of this book is what really makes it stand out. It shows how easy it is to lose your mind when you get out of your usual surroundings and away from civilization. Even though they're just kids, the ones on Jack’s side all become bloodthirsty savages that kill everything they come into contact with. They even kill two of the other kids, Piggy and Simon. At the end though when they get rescued I think that they start to realize what they have become and feel bad about it. On the other hand, Ralph’s group is very conservative and they understand that they have to be smart in order to survive.
The book has kind of a weird beginning. It doesn't exactly tell how the plane crashed or give any explanation of why they were really there. It does explain how they found each other though, which I think really explains Piggy’s intelligence. Finding the conch shell on the beach is a very important symbol in the story. It represents peace and stability. More than once in the story the conch stops a fight or brings them together in some way. It’s how they found each other, and in a way it’s what separates them. Some of the children like stability and peace but others reject it and I think that when Ralph tries to control them they feel that he has overstepped his boundaries so they resent him.
The part of this story that interest me the most is when Simon goes up on the mountain to prove that there is no mysterious god. When he sees the head of the hog that the kids sacrificed to the gods he goes crazy because it’s bloody and covered with flies. He has a vision of the beast talking to him saying that no one can escape the beast and that the beast is in everyone. Later when he goes up to the mountain and realizes that the creature is really just a dead parachutist, he understands that there is really no live beast - just a beast that lives in each of us. When he goes back to tell the boys what he saw, the boys are fighting and think that he is the beast, so they kill him.
I believe that this is a great moment in the book because it explains that everything the kids imagine is just make believe. The title, “The Lord of the Flies” also comes from this part of the book. When he sees the head and it’s covered with flies he believes that it is the beast. However, I do not like the fact that the kids killed him, even though it did prolong the mystery, because the kids never ended up knowing the truth. I think that this part really emphasizes how the kids gone crazy and started killing everything they see.
My favorite character is definitely Simon. He is the most sensible and has a kind of natural goodness. He feels that he is connected to nature in a way that no one else is and that it is up to him to keep them safe. He is on a totally different level than everyone else, not evil like Jack or civilized like Ralph, more in the middle, but at the same time neither one. He is definitely his own person, and he is the only one to realize that the beast is not actually a real creature but a part of each of us......
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sucked

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I enjoyed this book thoroughly if you are a bit squeamish than this might not the right book for you but if you are interested in gore and action than this is definitely the right book for you. :)

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