Lord of the Flies

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Penguin, 1954 - Fiction - 315 pages
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The 50th Anniversary Edition of the Lord of the Flies is the volume that every fan of this classic book will have to own!

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.

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. And now readers can own it in a beautifully designed hardcover edition worthy of its stature.

 

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User Review  - Sidharth Vardhan - Goodreads

It is not so much of a study of group dynamics as a very tight allegory on a society, specially christian society. Piggy (there is a bit of anticlimax in his name) represents the more civilized and ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION BY E M FORSTER vii
1
seven
151
SHADOWS AND TALL TREES I J I
173
GIFT FOR THE DARKNESS I J 3
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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