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The classic novel by William Golding
With a new Introduction by Stephen King

"To me Lord of the Flies has always represented what novels are for, what makes them indispensable." -Stephen King

Golding's classic, startling, and perennially bestselling portrait of human nature remains as provocative today as when it was first published. This beautiful new edition features French...

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Overview

The classic novel by William Golding
With a new Introduction by Stephen King

"To me Lord of the Flies has always represented what novels are for, what makes them indispensable." -Stephen King

Golding's classic, startling, and perennially bestselling portrait of human nature remains as provocative today as when it was first published. This beautiful new edition features French flaps and rough fronts, making it a must-have for fans of this seminal work.

William Golding's compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first it seems as though it is all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious and life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death. As ordinary standards of behaviour collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them—the world of cricket and homework and adventure stories—and another world is revealed beneath, primitive and terrible.

Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought and literature.

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 has established itself as a true classic.

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What People Are Saying

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"Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years." 
—Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

"As exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking now as it was when Golding published it in 1954."
Stephen King

"The most influential novel...since Salinger's Catcher in the Rye." 
Time

"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
 
"Sparely and elegantly written...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, New York Review of Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399537424
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 75,755
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Cornwall, England, in 1911 and educated at Oxford University, William Gerald Golding's first book, Poems, was published in 1935. Following a stint in the Royal Navy and other diversions during and after World War II, Golding wrote Lord of the Flies while teaching school. This was the first of several novels including Pincher Martin, Free Fall, and The Inheritors and a play, The Brass Butterfly, which led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983.

Stephen King, the world's bestselling novelist, was educated at the University of Maine at Orono. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, and their children in Bangor, Maine.

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

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    This novel is truly one of the classics. It's no wonder William

    This novel is truly one of the classics. It's no wonder William Golding won the Nobel Prize for literature. This story tells us a great deal about how we can react and change in a survival situation. It also reminds us of something about children. They can be just as vicious as any adult. It all depends on how desperate the situation is. The tale could be a reality very easily.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Easily one of my most favorite novels of all time. There's so mu

    Easily one of my most favorite novels of all time. There's so much to discect, and the dark humor is appealing to many ages (the sexual metaphors, not so much). Just absolutely brilliant.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    A definate must have for those 16 and up

    Im not a big fan of sitting still and getting through a book but this is a must have for both your digital and physical world libraries. We read this in my senior english lit class and ead it again 20 years later and it was just as amazing to read now as it was then. Think of it as Lost meets Hunger Games. It is definately a pg-13 read so dont let the younger ones get into it as it does get quite graphic and a little disturbing,but its a fun book to try and put yourself into,what character do you think you would have been like and or what would you have done? Its one of those books even a person like me that hates reading cant put down.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    What an amazing book

    This is a good book for those who like to read or want a bigger challenge in reading.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Disgusting and discriptive

    Way to vivid. Oiggy dies by a bolder hitting him, falls onto rocks and blood and brains go everwhere.
    Simon gets beaten to death and stabbed to death. And pig heads r bloody and stuck on a stick anf worshiped dont read!!!!!

    2 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    Phenomenal work! I wish I had read it sooner.

    Clear and creative and unique are good ways to describe Golding's writing, and King's introduction wets the taste buds for the twists, turns, and intensity coming one's way, as the book is read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Yes for 1st review

    This is about the movie but the only thing that's diff is that Stephen King,an author, made an intro. Does that answer ur question?

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    What is this is it the movie or not.

    I want to know if its thr movie or not.

    1 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    Altime 10

    Has to be in my all time top ten best books. You cant beat the classics. So much symbolism. PIGGY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    I dont get it

    Im in 9th grade and im reading this book but it doesnt really make sense to me, can someone please explain the concept of this book because from the page im on its really boring oh and by the way im on page 60 and need some help with some questions that i have, can anybody please help me out i need to understand

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Question

    What happens in the book what is it all about because i am a reader that is at a college reading levle in sixth grade and i want to know if its a good book because a lot of books compare to this aparently and i want to know if im interested and all i can find besides this are notes on it and i dont want to pay the 2.99 for it. And the summary on this book tells me nothing on what its about so can some people explain what its about because im confused what it is about. If you will tell me please respond to me as organ777

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    I can't believe im reading this is again but I cant discuss it with her unless I read it again

    This should be interesting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Confused

    I wanted to check out the sample, but all it had was up to the end of the introduction. Seriously?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Amazing

    This is a great novel!! I ha to read it in a class because i was working ahead but this is amazing slow at first but it get so good and twisted you wont expect what will happen!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Hey there Freshman in highschool ;D

    Hey there. :D You are so descirptive.
    You: "and im a freshman in highschool..."
    Heh you amuse me sir. :P

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Cool

    My class is reading it and i'm a freshman in highschool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    So far a little boring

    Its not the best book ive read but not the worst and for whom ever decided that it was a good idea to say what happens to two of the characters thanks for spoiling it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    This book

    If i buy this is this the actual book? I dont want to buy it and it be notes and summaries and stuff. I need the actual book to read.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Hi abby

    I found this book boring, slow moving, pointless, and yet quite interesting. I am a girl in eighth grade and i would not recommend it until maybe youre older

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    To abby

    Yes read it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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