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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 The Boys Can Do Anything They Want Anything They Attempt To Forge Their Own Society, Failing, However, In The Face Of Terror, Sin And Evil And As Order Collapses, As Strange Howls Echo In The Night, As Terror Begins Its Reign, The Hope Of Adventure Seems As Far From Reality As The Hope Of Being Rescued Labeled A Parable, An Allegory, A Myth, A Morality Tale, A Parody, A Political Treatise, Even A Vision Of The Apocalypse, Lord Of The Flies Is Perhaps Our Most Memorable Novel About The End Of Innocence, The Darkness Of Man S Heart Years after I read this masterpiece, it is still chilling Golding spins a yarn that could have been told centuries ago, primal human nature unmoored from civilization does not take long to break away and devolve into a feral thing.As good today, and as haunting, as it was when it was published in 1954 This should be on a list of books that must be read 2018 addendum it is a testament to great literature that a reader recalls the work years later and this is a book about which I frequently think. I read this book a long time ago, long enough to where I barely remembered anything past the basic premise So I picked it up again, only to wish I hadn t There s a reason why they teach this book in middle school in order to enjoy this book, one s intellectual cognizance must be that of a child, because otherwise you ll spend the entire time picking out everything that s wrong with the book And there s a lot to pick out.From what little of the story that is actually coherent, I can see why this book has had a lasting effect on social commentary since it s initial publishing The overlying illustration of how easily man can devolve back to his feral instincts is striking, yet could have been infinitesimally effective in the hands of a decent writer See, I would have cared a bit about the little island society of prepubescent boys and their descent into barbarism if you know, any of the characters had been developed AT ALL Instead, we re thrown interchangeable names of interchangeable boys who are only developed enough to conform to the basic archetypes Golding requires to hobble his little story along The Leader, The Rebel, The Fat Kid, The Nose Picker, etc Were he born in this time, I believe Golding would have done brilliantly as a scriptwriter for reality TV And the plot There s a plot I m guessing so, since things seem to happen, but it s kind of hard to tell since he spends pages describing irrelevant events that are never incorporated, characters that possibly exist yet probably don t, and using words that don t mean what he thinks they mean And as the main characters are a bunch of kids not worth caring about, thus goes the way of the story.And the prose Dear God, the prose Get it away It burns us So yeah, this book sucked It had potential There were even a few parts I internally squealed at in hopeful anticipation But whatever potential it did have was hopelessly squandered by a man who wrote like he d never written anything before in his life Don t waste your time. This book is horrifying I m scared like hell Totally.I was expecting an adventure book telling about some children who got stranded in an island, but ended up with goosebumps.A bit of synopsis A number of English school boys suffered from a plane accident causing them to get stranded in an uninhibited island The period was maybe during the World War II Trying to be civilized, they elected a leader for themselves as well started the division of tasks hunters, fire watchers, etc Things turned bad when there s a power struggle between the group leaders, worsened by various sightings of a monster in the island No, don t think about Lost because this is way different.No wonder I had goosebumps at the end, because this book is so true to what happens in the world today When men tried to govern themselves and started the whole process with goodwill inside , but blinded with egotism and lust for power, tragedy and destruction in society are inevitable.Human nature is corrupt, it only takes a trivial thing to make its nature controlled by nothing but malice This book represents a perfect allegory for men Culture fails repeatedly and no matter how hard we can repress it, nothing will ever stop the drive to become savages.Despite its length and easy to read narration, this is certainly one of the most haunting, powerful books I ve ever read Now I know why this book is listed in so many lists of greatest books in the 20th century. Kids are evil Don t you know I ve just finished rereading this book for my book club but, to be honest, I ve liked it ever since my class were made to read it in high school Overall, Lord of the Flies doesn t seem to be very popular, but I ve always liked the almost Hobbesian look at the state of nature and how humanity behaves when left alone without societal rules and structures Make the characters all angel faced kids with sadistic sides to their personality and what do you have Just your average high school drama, but set on a desert island With a bit bloody murder But not that much.In 1954, when this book was published, Britain was in the process of being forced to face some harsh realities that it had blissfully chosen to ignore beforehand that it is not, in fact, the centre of the universe, and the British Empire was not a thing of national pride, but an embarrassing infringement on the freedom and rights of other human beings Much of British colonialism had been justified as a self righteous mission to educate and modernise foreign savages So when put into its historical context, alongside the decolonisation movements, this book could be said to be an interesting deconstruction of white, Western supremacy Of course, to a modern reader there s a lot of racism in this book The racial aspect is a big factor Golding establishes from the very first page that Ralph is a perfect white, blonde haired, blue eyed, private school boy And Piggy even asksWhich is better to be a pack of painted n s like you are or to be sensible like Ralph isI m not going to argue with anyone s interpretation, but I think there is actually room to see this book as a criticism of racism For me, I always saw it as Golding challenging the notion of savages being dark skinned, uneducated people from rural areas With this book, he says screw that, I ll show you savagesand proceeds to show us how these private school silver spoon little jewels of the empire are no better for their fancy education and gold plated upbringing.I think that seemed especially clear from the ending when the officer saysI should have thought that a pack of British boys you re all British, aren t you would have been able to put up a better show than thatGolding s way of saying that human nature is universal and no one can escape it.Some readers say that you have to have quite a negative view of human nature already to appreciate this book, but I don t think that s true I m not sure I necessarily agree with all the implications running around in the novel namely, the failure of democracy and the pro authority stance but it serves as an interesting look at the dark side of human nature and how no one is beyond its reach Plus, anyone who had a bit of a rough time in high school will probably not find the events in this book a huge leap of the imagination The fascinating thing about Lord of the Flies is the way many historical parallels can be drawn from the messages it carries You could choose to view the charismatic and manipulative Jack Merridew as a kind of Hitler or other dictator who takes advantage of a group of people at their weakest Dictators and radicals often find it easy to slip in when a society is in chaos we do not have to assume that Golding believed that everyone everywhere is evil, only that we all have the capacity for it when we find ourselves in unstable situations.Still a fascinating book after all these years.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube