Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Classic literature is just fun. I love books like this. You can check it out here.

Rating: [3/5]

Summary: Lord of the Flies follows the adventures of a group of British schoolboys whose plane crashed on an uninhabited island. There are no adults whatsoever, leaving the boys completely up to their own devices. They start out coping fairly well; they elect Ralph as the leader, start a signal fire, build shelters, and find food. That’s when things start to disintegrate. Rumors of a ferocious beast on the island have everyone scared, no matter how much the older boys try to deny it. Rivalries soon split the group into two warring factions. The longer they go without rescue, the further they plunge into savagery.

Likes: I enjoyed this book. While it seems fairly simple on the surface, there’s a wealth of symbolism underneath everything. I think that’s probably what I liked the most about Lord of the Flies. It’s an excellent portrayal of how humans, if left alone, are naturally savages.

Dislikes: I honestly can’t think of anything that I specifically disliked. Some of the descriptions were a little bit disgusting, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

TL;DR: I would definitely recommend Lord of the Flies. It’s a fascinating, albeit slightly disturbing, read.

Agree? Disagree? Tell me in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Lord of the Flies by William Golding

  1. Truth time: I love Lord of the Flies. I HATE the ending. One of the most massive literary cop-outs of all time, and it kind of undermines the entire point of the story.

    “You’re all British, aren’t you?”

    Sigh.

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