Golding’s iconic 1954 novel, now with a new foreword by Lois Lowry, remains one of the greatest books ever written for young adults and an unforgettable classic for readers of any age.
This edition includes a new Suggestions for Further Reading by Jennifer Buehler.
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 they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued.
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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.
The Lord of the Flies
Fascinating book. It reflects the true nature of man, who when left alone without the influence of a higher spiritual law reverts to the animal instincts within us. It also exemplifies how Power can corrupt the soul and turn ordinary good people into power hungry tyrants, as was the case with Jack. Well written and held one's attention throughout.
Slow read, but worth it in the end
Just finished reading the paperback. I think this book does a good job of exploring what happens when people in leadership don’t meet the needs of their people. I also think it does a good job juxtaposing savagery. The first character we’re introduced to, Ralph, helps to create order, but finds himself in utter chaos. His adversary (you’ll know who it is after reading it), and his newly formed tribe are violent and chaotic, but surprisingly organized. After witnessing his evolution, I found myself wondering who the real savage is in the end. Is it Ralph? Or his counterpart and the tribe he forms?
It does take a minute for the getting to get good so patience is key. I would be lying were I to say I didn’t find myself bored at times while reading. 🤔 I think uncovering the ideas in this book is more interesting than the story itself. But still, it’s worth a read.
A literary giant's masterpiece
This book was written by William Golding who was a literary giant and has my respect it has a solid plot and does not move too slow. He does not use nonsense words like "'nuff." he deserves everyones respect and those who disagree are intellectual eunuchs.