Lord of the Flies

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Penguin, Jul 27, 1959 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Golding’s iconic 1954 novel, now with a new foreword by Lois Lowry, remains one of the greatest books ever written for young adults and an unforgettable classic for readers of any age.
This edition includes a new Suggestions for Further Reading by Jennifer Buehler.

At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued.

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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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About the author (1959)

William Golding was born in Cornwall, England, in 1911 and educated at Oxford University. His first book, Poems, was published in 1935. Following a stint in the Royal Navy during World War II, Golding wrote Lord of the Flies while teaching school. It was the first of several works, including the novels Pincher MartinFree Fall, and The Inheritors and a play, The Brass Butterfly, which led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983.
Lois Lowry is the two-time Newbery Award–winning author of Number the Stars,The Giver Quartet, and numerous other books for young adults.
Jennifer Buehler is an associate professor of educational studies at Saint Louis University and President of The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English.

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