William Golding's Lord of the Flies is a dystopian classic: 'exciting, relevant and thought-provoking' (Stephen King). When a group of schoolboys are stranded on a desert island, what could go wrong?
'One of my favorite books - I read it every couple of years.' (Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games)
A plane crashes on a desert island. The only survivors are a group of schoolboys. By day, they discover fantastic wildlife and dazzling beaches, learning to survive; at night, they are haunted by nightmares of a primitive beast. Orphaned by society, it isn't long before their innocent childhood games devolve into a savage, murderous hunt ...
'Stands out mightily in my memory ... Such a strong statement about the human heart.' (Patricia Cornwell)
'Terrifying and haunting.' (Kingsley Amis)
'Beautifully written, tragic and provocative.' (E. M. Forster)
ONE OF THE BBC'S ICONIC 'NOVELS THAT SHAPED OUR WORLD'
What readers are saying:
'Every real human being should read this ... This is what we are.'
'It's brilliant, it's captivating, it's thought provoking and brutal and for some, its truly terrifying.'
'It can be read and re-read many times, and every time something new will appear.'
'There is a reason why this is studied at school ... Excellent read.'
'This is one of the few books I've read that I keep on my Kindle to read again.'
'I revisit this every few years and it's always fresh and impressive ... One of the best books I've ever read.'
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
After reading his young sons tons of children’s adventure stories, author William Golding asked himself: What would really happen if a group of boys were marooned on an island? To answer the question, Golding drew on his experiences teaching unruly boys in the classroom and fighting in World War II. The result is a dark, fascinating thought experiment in human nature that’s become a cultural touchstone. The novel’s layers of symbolism make it ripe for classroom study, but older readers will find even more resonance in these pages, as history plays itself out in miniature. The fact that Golding’s vision feels so believable makes it even more chilling.
William Golding's Lord of the Flies is now available in a newly remastered, re-released audiobook edition from Listening Library, performed by the author. This audio update of the classic YA novel about the struggles of a group of British schoolboys stranded on a desert island comes 48 years after the print version first appeared in 1954 and 26 years after Golding was first recorded reading the book.
Like the Meaning, not the Book
This book has such a great meaning of what can happen to people if rules aren’t followed and if fear takes over. The writing and the way the boys speak kills me though. I think if this book was re-written in modern day slang it would be more enjoyable.