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Lord of the Flies

A Novel
Golding, William (eBook - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Lord of the Flies


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In this novel, 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 civiization 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, and these schoolboys marooned on this tropical island revert to primitive savagery.
Authors: Golding, William, 1911-1993
Title: Lord of the flies
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Perigee,, 2011.
Edition: First Perigee centenary edition.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 285 pages)
Content Type: text
Media Type: computer
Carrier Type: online resource
Notes: Originally published: London : Faber and Faber Ltd., 1954.
This paperback edition includes an introduction by author Stephen King written in November 2011.
Contents: The sound of the shell
Fire on the mountain
Huts on the beach
Painted faces and long hair
Beast from water
Beast from air
Shadows and tall trees
Gift for the darkness
A view to a death
The shell and the glasses
Castle rock
Cry of the hunters.
Summary: In this novel, 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 civiization 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, and these schoolboys marooned on this tropical island revert to primitive savagery.
Local Note: 23
Alternate Title: Lord of the flies (eBook)
ISBN: 9781101571040
1101571047
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Report This Apr 09, 2014
  • Doctor_10101 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I didn't understand anything in the beginning, but as the story progressed I began to see the parallels between the settings and the characters with our world. Very disturbing, though written superbly.

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  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

creeepy...*shudder*

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  • UnionRunner rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not a bad book all-in-all. A great book on government and the social contract.

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  • Sofiavo rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't really read it because it's from, like, the 80s and its really confusing. I like the idea of the book though

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  • platypus101 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is horrifying. I'm scared like hell. Totally. I was expecting an adventure book telling about some children who got stranded in an island, but ended up with goosebumps. No wonder I had goosebumps at the end, because this book is so true to what happens in the world today. When men tried to govern themselves (and started the whole process with goodwill inside), but blinded with egotism and lust for power, tragedy and destruction in society are inevitable.

Report This May 20, 2013
  • Blue_Gorilla_6 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Lord of the Flies was a good book. It has many symbols and takes in depth reading and discussing to fully understand. I thought it was a little violent but overall good.

Report This May 04, 2013
  • Sarah1984 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

5/4 - This is a hard book to review, but I can definitely say I'm enjoying it. The motivations of some of the characters are beyond me. There doesn't seem to be a 'nice' boy among the whole lot of them. Maybe Piggy, but he seems to spend the whole time following the boys who are cruel to him, which makes it hard to feel too much sympathy or affection for him. I did not understand Ralph's behaviour at the beginning at all. I think I have trouble putting myself in other's shoes, if I was in Ralph's place (as an adult female) I know what I would do, but I don't know what I would do if I was a 12-year-old boy. Definitely a compelling, if sometimes mystifying, read. To be continued... WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD 6/4 - I'm having some problems with the disjointedness of the dialogue. The boys start and stop sentences all over the place, making the flow of some of the conversations a bit hard to follow. Some of the words used as an alternative to "Wow!" are completely unfamiliar, which is to be expected considering the time it was written as well as the era it was set, but it does add to the confusion created by the broken sentences. I'm glad to see Jack go, but at the same time I think his departure from the main group is just going to cause a slow burn of resentment that will lead to an even worse explosion the longer it's allowed to simmer. To be continued... WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD 7/4 - See, an even bigger explosion and now poor Piggy's dead, as well as Simon. The boys had faults that caused me to feel a lack of sympathy towards all of them, to some degree (some more than others), so the only time I felt even a little bit emotional was during the description of the killing of the first sow. While I was telling myself not to tear up I was also thinking "Those stupid boys, don't they realise if they kill the sows the piglets won't have a mother to feed them and they'll die of starvation, cutting off your meat supply completely. They should be killing a piglet every few days instead." Another reviewer mentioned that this book is taught in primary school (although they actually said grade school), I desperately hope it's not taught to children of such a young age (the 10-year-old boys that I remember from my school days would've attempted to act out some of the more gruesome scenes in the playground at lunchtime, with possibly horrific results). This is definitely an 'M' rated book, with graphic descriptions of pig slaughtering, dead bodies that appear to move, murder and what happens to a person's body when they fall off a cliff - subject matter far too adult for anyone under the age of 14. Most of the boys' ages aren't given, except to divide them into groups of either 'littluns' or 'biguns'. The 'littluns' being around 6 and, I think, the 'biguns' being anywhere from 10 to 14, but it was hard to tell just from the writing. When the rescue arrived and Jack was described as being a 'little boy' I thought maybe I had been wrong in imagining him as a big 14-year-old, maybe he just seemed big because of his aggressive and domineering personality. I wonder what would've happened if there had been another chapter. Would there have been some kind of disciplinary action when the boys got back to England and possibly had to explain what had happened on that island?

Report This Apr 25, 2013
  • joshualehnerz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

what needs be said, classic and for a good reason

Report This Apr 17, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Creepy book. Not a fan. I understand the message and everything, but...ugh. A bunch of teen boys running wild on an island run by mob violence is a lot scarier that I thought it could be.

Report This Apr 17, 2013
  • joliebergman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Did not particularly like this classic. Though it has a great message, the way the story was written did not sit well. Reading it felt like swallowing bricks... through my nose. Still! Everyone should read it.

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  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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  • UnionRunner rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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  • platypus101 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Report This Jul 11, 2013
  • platypus101 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A number of English school boys suffered from a plane accident causing them to get stranded in an uninhibited island. The period was maybe during the World War II. Trying to be civilized, they elected a leader for themselves as well started the division of tasks (hunters, fire-watchers, etc). Things turned bad when there's a power struggle between the group leaders, worsened by various sightings of a monster in the island. No, don't think about "Lost" because this is way different.

This novel is about a group of young English boys who miraculously survived a plane crash. They are all alone in this mysterious and inhabited island of lagoons, cliffs, hills, wild pigs, flies and boulders. The author used many literary techniques to add zest to his novel. Character development, defined as a positive or heroic transformation in a character, is so well suited to Piggy – a protagonist in the novel.

Report This Nov 05, 2011
  • fearlessforever rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

A bunch of boys are stranded on an island and kill each other....

A group of school boys are the only survivors when their plane crashes on a deserted island. Forced to survive alone without adult authority the boys regress and form murderous tribes.

Report This Mar 24, 2009
  • neilp rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A airliner crash leaving a groups of school children to defence for themselves. Due to conflicts the break into to groups. See how primary school students cope with no adult guidance. And will they be able to coperate to get off the island.

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  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: very scary...not scary more like...um...uh...intense...

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  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Violence: A stabbing and a crushing with rock

Report This Nov 19, 2011
  • fearlessforever rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Oh yeah as if the book couldn't get bad enough, 3/4 of the way through they decide to bludgeon a boy to death and then they push another one down a mountain and crush him with a rock....

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  • noob123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Nobody killed, I hope? Any dead bodies?

. “I don’t ask you to be a sport, I’ll say not because you’re strong, but because what’s right’s right. Give me my glasses: I’m going to say – You got to!”

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Ottawa Public Library Teen Tech Week Video Contest - 2nd place winner 2012

Ottawa Public Library Teen Video Contest Entry by Sam Willetts. In this exciting tale of survival, a society of children on a desert island must work together to build shelter, find food, and get rescue. But can they stop the forces of chaos within themselves from destroying their very sanity? Find out in: Lord of the Flies, by William Golding. edited, written, produced, directed, filmed by sam willetts sets, props, figures, backgrounds by sam willetts Willetts productions 2012

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