Lord of the Flies

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.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2003
Edition: 1st Perigee hardcover ed., 50th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9780399501487
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOLDING 2003
Characteristics: xii, 315 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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"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. In this story about a group of English school boys stranded on an unpopulated island, Golding explore... Read More »

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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Jul 10, 2017

I really loved this book! I loved the idea of being stranded on an island, and how it portrays human emotions that we all feel; jealousy, anger, revenge. A great classic, while still being modern and having a unique twist to it.

GCPL_Teen Jun 29, 2017

While it is a classic, this book may be too grotesque and unrelatable for some readers. Or perhaps the grotesque quality will appeal to you! The quick dissolution of social norms has larger implications for society as a whole, and may cause the reader to consider humanity's potential for descending into chaos. Or you may be grossed out and annoyed by the immaturity of the characters...

Mar 21, 2017

I didn't like really like this book. The plot was sort of unrealistic and a lot of the events in the book were rather exaggerated. The ending was also kind of depressing.

Mar 19, 2017

William Golding's most famous novel, The Lord of the Flies, is a book that shows what the state of society would turn into in the case of total anarchy - i.e., a dystopia. The plot follows a group of schoolboys as the plane they're traveling on crash lands onto a deserted island. With no adult supervision, the boy's attempts at order soon delve into chaos and murder. While the book does a fantastic job at showing the readers the darkest side of humanity - this is not an idealistic read - it suffers from being too much of a slow burn, and at some points, too much of a bad thing. The tragedy after tragedy becomes relentless, but then again, in a post-Trump presidency era, the book seems more frighteningly real than ever.
- @reallylikesmusicals of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

William Golding’s novel, Lord of The Flies, is not simply about boys who struggle to hold on to their sense of order and civilization, but human’s innate nature. As the boys devolve from innocent British school children to primitive beasts, this haunting and at times disturbing story is meant to show that evil is mankind’s essence. I find this novel to be dark and frightening but especially pertinent to today’s society. As an optimist, I like to believe that humans are naturally good beings but Lord of the Flies does expose the fact that as a society we can be evil at times. 3.7 out of 5.
-@freshprinceofbooks of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Mar 10, 2017

is it large print

Jan 30, 2017

Although it has been said many times,"never judge a book by its cover," the cover art was one of the main reasons I hesitated to read Lord of the Flies. I enjoyed the book overall; however, I have faith that although a group of children of might form an unjust society, they would not be capable of murder.

Dec 10, 2016

A bunch of boys are stuck on an island and they have to work together to survive. They work on things like making fires to attract attention for rescue, using those fires for warmth and cooking, they go hunting in the jungle for food, collecting water, and other sorts of work. Things did not really work out as well as they all wanted it to be. Later, they split up into two groups and worked separately. One of the groups was into hunting and killing animals. They got too violent over time and things got out of hand. There was lots of violence on that island, and the only thing that mattered anymore was either stay alive, or get killed.

Nov 22, 2016

this book shows how people (a group of kids) an act when theres no law, and are left to control themselves. Its a good read

Oct 16, 2016

Lord of the Flies by William Golding is one of my favourite books. This novel allows you to really relate it to your self while reading. The way William Golding wrote this book and the techniques he used is really inspiring. He uses symbols to represent the elements in the society. For example, the beast symbolizing the savagery that exists within everyone... the island symbolizing an original and uncivilized world... including different characters symbolizing different roles in the humanity. Golding writes about how some school boys who got to an island due to a plane crash starting out united, but then dividing and turning savage. Golding was able to reflect the dark part of the society in a very directed way. Overall Lord of The Flies is a really meaningful book, it really gets readers thinking. I definitely recommend this book.
- @mockingbird of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, is an allegorical novel that illustrates the state of society if we were to be, hypothetically, in a state of lawlessness. Succeeding a plane crash, a group of boys become stranded on an island with no conventional authority figures (e.g. parents, teachers, police, etc.). It is up to the boys to establish some sort of authority to serve as the head of what may become a microcosm of a civilization. The symbolic nature of the book almost coerces the reader to evaluate man and his intrinsic savagery. Additionally, the effective use of literary devices keeps the reader engaged in this chilling tale. Overall, Lord of the Flies is an extremely entertaining book that everyone should give a read.
Rating: 5/5
- @JuiceboxZ of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

An amazing book! It is more of a social experiment on what the author thinks would happen if two groups of preteen boys were left alone on an island with no adults. I must warn you that this book is not for the faint of heart, as the author puts to good use knowledge on the human psyche. The movie version of this book is quite good as well. More than anything, I would honestly say that this book is a tragedy, and that it teaches us that humans are more animalistic than we think. 
- @PerpetuallySleeping of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 04, 2016

Reading this book as part of unit in school, this book was interesting reveling the theme of fear.

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sakib_0 Jun 29, 2014

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

platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

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.

tt14 Jun 18, 2012

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

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

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

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

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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Jul 17, 2015

Violence: Since the boys are left stranded on the island, many of them turn into savages.Two boys are killed.

Sep 06, 2013

Violence: A stabbing and a crushing with rock

Nov 19, 2011

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 06, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Jul 06, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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sakib_0 Jun 29, 2014

"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."

Feb 05, 2014

Nobody killed, I hope? Any dead bodies?

tt14 Jun 18, 2012

. “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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