Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon. Though he had taken off his school sweater and trailed it now from one hand, his grey shirt stuck to him and his hair was plastered to his forehead.

This was a fairly interesting book, which is very famous. A group of schoolboys is stranded on an uncharted island when a plane crashes. At first, with no adults around, they celebrate their freedom and hope for adventure. They can do anything they want this far from the civilized world. And they are indeed far from the civilized world, for the situation quickly deteriorates into madness, when strange howls echo in the night, order collapses, and terror begins to grip everyone. The hope of being rescued gradually fades as well. This book had a very interesting premise, and I particularly liked one instance. Throughout the book, the boys are lighting a fire, hoping that the smoke will signal a passing boat to come rescue them. But then as no boat comes, Ralph, the "leader", gradually has to be reminded what the smoke was for in the first place, by "Piggy", one of the other boys. It was quite chilling. As is the slow descent into madness and uncertainty.

Read Lord of the Flies:
  • if you like horror books
  • if you like "deterioration" books
  • if you like books about being stranded on an island
  • if you are looking for an interesting classic
202 pages.
Very Good! I would recommend this book!

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