Lord of the Flies
Author: William Golding
Pages [paperback]: 192
Memorable Quote: “We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages. We’re English, and the English are best at everything.”
William Golding’s classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, “the boy with fair hair,” and Piggy, Ralph’s chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island’s wild pig population. Soon Ralph’s rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted: “He forgot his words, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear on flying feet.” Golding’s gripping novel explores the boundary between human reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of adolescent competition.
This book was seriously disturbing. I mean, yes, it’s meant to describe the cruelty of humanity and to demonstate how war can tear even the youngest, most innocent of us apart. But there wasn’t one character that I liked, the children were completely horrible to each other…Again, I understand why this was done. I just didn’t particularly care for it. This is another one of the books I’ve been forced to read in school that I’ll probably never pick up again.
One of the good things going for this is that some elements of LOST are based off of it. 😀 The show made me a bit intested in the book, which is a good thing. This was a quick read, slightly less than 200 pages. The characters and setting are well described, and the symbolism in the book is actually easy to pick out, compared to other ‘classics’.
I give Lord of the Flies 2.5/5 stars. It was okay, but I didn’t care for it. I wasn’t bored, but I wasn’t exctied to read on. Not my kind of book.