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Lord of the Flies

Golding, William (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Lord of the Flies
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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.
Authors: Golding, William, 1911-1993
Title: Lord of the Flies
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2003
Edition: 1st Perigee hardcover ed., 50th anniversary ed.
Characteristics: xii, 315 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: William Golding ; introduction by E.M. Forster ; with a biographical and critical note by E.L. Epstein ; illustrated by Ben Gibson
Notes: "A Perigee book."
Contents: 1. The sound of the shell
2. Fire on the mountain
3. Huts on the beach
4. Painted faces and long hair
5. Beast from water
6. Beast from air
7. Shadows and tall trees
8. Gift for the darkness
9. A view to a death
10. The shell and the glasses
11. Castle rock
12. Cry of the hunters
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0399529209
9780399529207
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOLDING 2003
Subject Headings: Survival Fiction Regression (Psychology) Fiction Islands Fiction Boys Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Survival
Regression (Psychology)
Islands
Boys
LCCN: 2003054825
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The classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island.

Piggy's glasses might be the most famous in all of literature: they start a fire, get broken, and are stolen before the gruesome denouement of the novel.


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Sep 05, 2014
  • redban rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

so much for Rosseau's Noble Savage.

Aug 22, 2014
  • violet_horse_933 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved it. The symbolism showed great depth of the story and how the British school boys progressed from innocent to savages.

Jun 29, 2014
  • sakib_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

awesome
book!

Jun 27, 2014
  • yellow_panda_412 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It was a good book.

Jun 22, 2014
  • TSUKUANYANG rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The ratings and comments vary soo greatly... It's either they love it or hate it OR some are deeply disturbed by it.
It's like those five stars or no star movies, nevertheless it's a heard-of-classic and I'm set on reading it even though there is 8 holds on seven copies.
I've have now read this book... it... it is what the guy said above 'too creepy for my taste'... a well-written foul-plotted book. A star for your disturbing classic on human savagery, Mr.Golding, but nothing more thanks for putting a bleak representation of the world today.

Apr 19, 2014
  • vkondrak rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Too creepy for my taste...

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.

Sep 06, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

creeepy...*shudder*

Sep 05, 2013
  • UnionRunner rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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

Sep 02, 2013
  • 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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Jul 17, 2014
  • Bubblechau rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Bubblechau thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Jun 14, 2014
  • TiaunaMass rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Sep 06, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Sep 05, 2013
  • UnionRunner rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

UnionRunner thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 21

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

platypus101 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Oct 13, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

EuSei thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Jun 26, 2012
  • jacqulyn123789 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

jacqulyn123789 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Jun 04, 2012
  • blue_butterfly_877 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

blue_butterfly_877 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Jun 29, 2014
  • sakib_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

golding reenacts WWII in this book by showing how many young boys crash down into a mysterious island in a plane,and revert to savagery as their hope of survival

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.

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.

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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Sep 06, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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

Sep 06, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Violence: A stabbing and a crushing with rock

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....

Jul 07, 2008
  • noob123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Jul 07, 2008
  • noob123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Jun 29, 2014
  • sakib_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"He turned away to give them time to pull themselves together;
and waited, allowing his eyes to rest on the trim cruiser in the distance."

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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