Lord of the Flies (Paperback) - Golding, William

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The classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island *Author: Golding, William *Series Title: Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century *Publication Date: 1999/10/01 *Number of Pages: 182 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 6.25 *Height: 9.00

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Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9780140283334
SKU 30449321
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0140283331
Release Date 10/1/1999
Sales Rank 477
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9H x 6.25L x 0.5T
Author Info
William Golding
William Golding's father was a schoolmaster, his mother a suffragette. At the age of 12, he began writing a 12-volume epic novel that began, "I was born in the Duchy of Cornwall on the eleventh of October, 1792, of rich but honest parents." Upon graduating from Oxford, Golding taught English and philosophy at a school in Salisbury until, when World War II began, he served in the navy as a rocket ship commander. LORD OF THE FLIES, his first published novel, appeared in 1954 after being rejected by 21 publishers; Golding was 45. Thereafter, he published five novels in 10 years, to great critical and popular acclaim; then, for 15 years, he published very little, and nothing of significance, until DARKNESS VISIBLE (1979) and RITES OF PASSAGE (1980), for which he won the Booker Prize, restored his reputation. He won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1983. In 1961, he came to the States and spent a year as writer-in-residence at Hollins College. Golding was also an accomplished musician, playing the piano, violin, viola, cello, and oboe. He was knighted in 1988 and died of heart failure in 1993.
Praise
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
From the Publisher
Annotation 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.
First Line The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way towards the lagoon.
Editors Note The classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island.
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 18
Number of Pages 0192
Publisher Penguin Books

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