Lord of the Flies (Penguin Drop Caps)

Lord of the Flies (Penguin Drop Caps)

By William Golding

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G is for Golding. At the dawn of the next world war, 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 civilization the boys can do anything they want. Anything. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. And as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far from reality as the hope of being rescued. 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 is perhaps our most memorable tale about “the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart.”
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN-13: 9780143124290
ISBN-10: 0143124293
Published on 5/7/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Number of pages: 256

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Overall a great book. True, it is very dark, and paints a picture of the depravity of man. There is some violence, so I wouldn't suggest for more sensitive readers, but the writing is easy to understand and although somewhat depressing, the story is interesting enough to keep you hooked.

From renowned author William Golding, The Lord of the Flies explores the farthest, darkest, and most primitive reaches of the human mind. Stranded on an island in the midst of the vast Pacific Ocean, Ralph and a group of schoolboys are left to fend for themselves, with no adult guidance they revel in their newfound freedom. With the hope of rescue crushed with the crash of their plane, their last hope lies in their signal fires. Soon Ralph's tribe begins to forsake their civilized ways, lapsing back into the lawless abyss of true human nature. Without the promise of rescue on the horizon, the boys forget their last hope for rescue, as all of their previous experience is consumed by the primal will to survive. Filled with page-turning intensity, Lord of the Flies is an ardent and harrowing tale, a hard book to put down. Readers will be fascinated by the down-to-earth Ralph, the reckless Jack, the sensible Piggy, and the reliable twins, Sam n' Eric. A good book, but not recommended for those younger than middle school age or particularly sensitive due to its blunt and straightforward nature, and minor language, but an over-all magnificent and meticulously structured plotline. Placed in 1950, and published in 1945, it may contain words and references used differently than in modern times. Ever a classic young adult or teen novel, readers will be transfixed by its looming reality. -armcginn

To me, this was a dark but really good book. This is a book that started Stephen King off, literally. It kept me on my toes the whole time, wondering what would happen to Ralph, Piggy, and Jack. Golding did a good job keeping me wanting to turn the page,

To tell you the truth, I'm not much of a reader. However, this book came to my interest. It will have a few spoilers, so you've been warned. I found it interesting that a group of young boys has crash landed on this stranded island and try so hard to survive. It begins with the main characters Ralph and Piggy, which are my favorite character, who leads the group of boys and calls them by blowing into a conch shell. In my opinion, Ralph is a great leader, he set fair rules and gives roles for every boy so they can survive on this island. However, among them is Jack who is very aggressive and starts dividing the group of boys, rebelling and running wild. Now, this brings low chances to survive for both Ralph and Piggy and sadly it doesn't really end well. But I recommend reading this book or if you prefer watching old movies or visuals check it out.

Lord of the Flies is one of the most disturbing books I've ever read. It was required high school reading and since then, I've read it four more times. It is as disturbing now as it was then. Using a group of innocent schoolboys stranded on an island, the author very realistically portrays human behavior in an environment where civilization no longer has meaning.

I cried. It's brilliant. I can't write anything more right now because I just finished it about 30 seconds ago and I'm still emotional. INCREDIBLE. Go Simon!

Have you ever thought that being without your parents would be amazing, that the freedom could and would be everything that you’ve ever wanted? Have you then thought how long it would take for things to get out of hand? For that freedom turn to chaos, and for that chaos to turn to danger. The Lord of The Flies is a book about a group of schoolboys around the 1950’s who have never met each other getting stranded on a desolate island and being forced to survive under the conditions that are given by nature. Things are great in the beginning as the freedom is something to celebrate about, but as the children start to crown a boy named Ralph chief with Piggy (which is a nickname given by the other boys due to his weight) being his right hand man. With a chief and rules and the decision to make a fire for rescue, the boys begin to grow tired. Most of the boys start to become savages, with their only desire getting meat from the pigs around the island. With Piggy and many others gone from the original clan, that leaves Ralph of the original tribe a target. I believe the protagonist in this story is Ralph, the chief of the original tribe, because he is the one with good intentions, those intentions being rescue and everyone being safe. The antagonist in this story is what i believe to be Jack because he is bent on killing Ralph and is the chief of the savage tribe. I would recommend this book to anyone willing to get through some more boring leading up writing to get to the action. WARNING- I do not believe that this is appropriate for anyone below the middle school level because it does deal with a good amount of blood and there are occasional homicides.

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I've started this book and I have a feeling it's going to end up being very disturbing...