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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 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.|
|Publisher||Penguin Publishing Group|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||133154|
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|Notes by||E. L. Epstein|
|Afterword by||Lowry Lois|
|Grade from||Twelfth Grade|
|Number of Pages||224 Pages|
|Lc Classification Number||Pr6013.O35l6 1954|
|Reviews||" Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. I still read it every couple of years." --Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games trilogy "I finished the last half of Lord of the Flies in a single afternoon, my eyes wide, my heart pounding, not thinking, just inhaling....My rule of thumb as a writer and reader--largely formed by Lord of the Flies --is feel it first, think about it later ." -- Stephen King "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 approach very close to reality. Lord of the Flies does. It must also be superbly written. It is." --The New York Times Book Review|
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Will society always spin into anarchy and chaos?
William Golding’s Lord of the Flies is simply one of the best novels written. The book appears on virtually every Best 100 Books list. The story involves a group of British children who are stranded on a tropical island. They initially organize around Ralph, and begin to prepare their island paradise for survival, while also maintaining a fire to alert any search party of their presence. The group creates rules for their mini civilization. Conflict begins when Jack organizes his group of “hunters”, rejecting Ralph’s authority. The civilization descends into chaos, and even murder as the hunters challenge Ralph. Can society be organized around logic and order? Or is it man’s nature to reject order? Can society (government) rule by consent of the governed, or must it rely on force and the threat of force to maintain order? There have been two film versions of Lord of the Flies , in 1963 and 1990 (as well as other derivative films), both films are excellent. Read the book! Watch both films!
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Lord of the flies
Great deal. I ended up ordering the book for my daughter's summer English assignment. All the books were in use at our public library. Good thing we bought our own copy bc she needed to take cliff notes in the book. Once she has finished the book, I'll get a chance to read this classic again.
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Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Somewhere deep within the chaotic realm of middle school, I remember having first read "Lord of the Flies". It is an apt microcosmic account of the polarization that would take place should society suddenly find itself without law and given over to anarchy. There would be 3 main categories of people: The Ralphs; struggling to provide law and order where there is little hope for it, the Piggies; who would be crushed and overtaken by the strong without the protection of law and order, and the Jacks of the world; who would immediately come into power. Indeed the Jacks of the world are always in power. They are the ruthless, the savage, the borne dictators. Ralph's government was a Republic. Jack's government was a militaristic ruthless and base empire with little to no regard for the individual, with the exception of the individual at the head. There is another type of individual we find in the story who I most relate to--that being the non-participant who stares of into strange other-worlds. The Simons of the world.
This is just a cool title for any book.
I first read this in high school, and my teacher sucked the fun completely out of it. I'm very glad I read it again. This is a great book. I would encourage everyone to think of questions the story raises. For me some questions were how would adults react if societal structures collapsed, how important is the role of society in keeping our emotions and passions in check, and what type of ethical framework would someone who has had little to no conditioning come up with? For those who like philosophy, this book plays directly into Hobbes's Leviathan when he says that without a social contract people would "have the right to all things."