Lord of the Flies

(Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)

192 pages

English language

Published Oct. 1, 1999 by Penguin (Non-Classics).

ISBN:
978-0-14-028333-4
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Lord of the Flies is a 1954 novel by Nobel Prize–winning British author William Golding. The book focuses on a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves. Themes include the tension between groupthink and individuality, between rational and emotional reactions, and between morality and immorality.

The novel has been generally well received. It was named in the Modern Library 100 Best Novels, reaching number 41 on the editor's list, and 25 on the reader's list. In 2003 it was listed at number 70 on the BBC's The Big Read poll, and in 2005 Time magazine named it as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. Time also included the novel in its list of the 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time. Popular reading in schools, especially in the English-speaking world, a 2016 UK poll saw Lord …

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1 star

I read this book in 7th grade. I hated it. It's a horrible book. I don't agree with the "take away lessons" about society this book supposedly brings us. It is a book of ugliness and bullying.

I was supposed to read it again in 8th grade and 9th grade. I refused. It's not that hard of a book to understand and even 2 years after reading it, I had no troubles with the related schoolwork.

Do not recommend.

Review of 'Lord of the Flies' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I wasn't expecting such a dark book. I though it was a philosophical story, but no... It is a deep, horror story.

A bunch of kids are stuck in an island with one of the greatest "monsters" ever created.
The writing fits the story perfectly, with the narrator never giving us the real number of kids, the name of "piggy", or why they crashed in the island.

Review of 'Lord of the Flies' on 'GoodReads'

5 stars

A classic for certain. Frantic and unsettling, this book is the well-known tale of the pursuits of children landing on a desert island, forming a society and eventually and inevitably descending into a chaotic dystopia. Fast-paced, creative, quirky and haunting - top story, really enjoyed it!

Review of 'Lord of the Flies' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I feel like people have been telling me to eat pizza my whole life. I ignored their requests and blindly ate other food. Year after year people would say "why don't you try the pizza?" or "how can you not even want to try it?". Then, suddenly, one day I tried pizza and it was amazing. It lived up to expectations and I finally understood what everyone was talking about. My life changed and I was suddenly exposed to a piece of food that I couldn't understand how I ever lived without.

That is how I felt while reading Lord of the Flies.

This book is a classic, and for all the right reasons. It has incredible depth with beautiful metaphors, it examines society as a whole; any praise I could give this book has been said before, and probably in a more elegant fashion. There were elements from this …

Review of 'Lord of the Flies' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Somehow I managed to avoid reading this in high school. A good story, very well written, rather exciting, certainly more violent than I expected it would be. I'm not sure it works as a kind of cautionary tale, as some say it does, other than to caution us to not leave pre-adolescent children alone on an island (which frankly seems rather obvious).

Review of 'Lord of the Flies' on 'GoodReads'

5 stars

I remembered enjoying this story quite a bit as a kid, probably because it was gory and shocking and quite a bit different from the boring stuff they usually had us reading. Stuff like Great Expectations and Jane Eyre, which were both snooze-fests for a 14-year-old boy. Probably also because it deals with human nature and now, as an adult, I know that I'm really into those types of books from years of sampling across genres.

Lord of the Flies was very good the second time around, as an adult, and the story has aged well. The ideas it presents are still relevant and come up for debate every day. Most significantly, the importance of law to maintaining society.

I'll definitely be rereading this one again in the future, but this time I won't wait 16 years for another go at it.

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