Lord of the Flies by William Golding (EPUB)
When a plane crashes on a remote island, a small group of schoolboys are the sole survivors. From the prophetic Simon and virtuous Ralph to the lovable Piggy and brutish Jack, each of the boys attempts to establish control as the reality – and brutal savagery – of their situation sets in.
Lord of the Flies
The boys’ struggle to find a way of existing in a community with no fixed boundaries invites readers to evaluate the concepts involved in social and political constructs and moral frameworks. Ideas of community, leadership, and the rule of law are called into question as the reader has to consider who has a right to power, why, and what the consequences of the acquisition of power may be. Often compared to Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies also represents a coming-of-age story of innocence lost.
This book is horrifying. I’m scared like hell. Totally.
I was expecting an adventure book telling about some children who got stranded in an island, but ended up with goosebumps. 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 think that seemed especially clear from the ending when the officer says “I should have thought that a pack of British boys – you’re all British, aren’t you? – would have been able to put up a better show than that.” William Golding’s way of saying that human nature is universal and no one can escape it.
Despite its length and easy-to-read narration. This is certainly one of the most haunting, powerful books I’ve ever read. Now I know why this book is listed in so many lists of greatest books in the 20th century.