Lord of the Flies (Paperback)
|Author: William/ Epstein Golding|
|The classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island. *Author: Golding, William/ Epstein, E. L. (CON) *Publication Date: 1959/06/01 *Number of Pages: 208 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 4.25 *Height: 7.25|
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The classic, startling, and perennially bestselling portrait of human nature-now available as a Premium Edition with a stunning new cover and re-set, easy-to-read text.
In this now-classic tale--a terrifying variation on the traditional boys' adventure story--the brutal behavior of a group of English schoolboys left stranded on a deserted island after an atomic war is an allegory for the defects of society.
Lord of the Flies - Book Review
By: Philip Spires Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 1/4/2009 5:30 PM
|A review of a book as iconic as Lord Of The Flies should surely only offer comment, not mere description. It is over 50 years since its publication in 1954 and, it should be remembered, the story is set in wartime. So, while the marooned boys apparently descend into a mold of pre-civilized behavior, their adult compatriots are engaged in it full time in the world outside. Jack may paint his face and display an identifying insignia, but so, probably, does his father at that time, a display he might call a uniform, and the insignia a flag or regimental banner. It is perhaps coincidence that William Golding casts a casualty of the nearby war, dead, but re-animated by natural elements, the wind in his parachute, as the intruding beast that terrorizes the stranded boys....read the full review|
"With undertones of '1984' and 'High Wind in Jamaica', this brilliant work is a frightening parody on man's return (in a few weeks) to that state of darkness from which it took him thousands of years to emerge. Fully to succeed, a fantasy must apprach very close to reality. 'Lord of the Flies' does. It must also be superbly written. It is. If criticism must be leveled at such a feat of the imagination, it is permissible perhaps to carp at the very premise on which the whole strange story is founded." - James Stern 10/23/1955 Kenyon Review
"Like any orthodox moralist Golding insists that Man is a fallen creature, but he refuses to hypostatize Evil or to locate it in a dimension of its own. On the contrary Beelzebub, Lord of the Flies, is Roger and Jack and you and I, ready to declare himself as soon as we permit him to." - John Peter Autumn 1957 "One sees what Golding is doing. He is showing us stripped man, man naked of all the sanctions of custom and civilization, man as he is alone and in his essence, or at any rate, as he can be conceived to be in such a condition." - Walter Allen New York Review of Books
"Though much of the novel is in fact sparely and elegantly written..., there does seem to be a paint-by-numbers quality to its structure and periodically articulated epiphanies. The schoolboys...are types rather than characters....'Lord of the Flies' is a grim anti-pastoral in which adults are disguised as children who replicate the worst of their elders' heritage of ignorance, violence, and warfare." - Joyce Carol Oates 11/06/1997
a morality play of the highest order4/25/2012
The Lord of the flies is an extended metaphor of the state of today's world and a chilling warning of it's destruction should there not be a major change in the attitude of the multitude. Golding deserves a Nobel Prize for his efforts, and this book should be read by all Americans.
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