Lord of the Flies Centenary Edition

Lord of the Flies Centenary Edition


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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 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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399537424
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 39,339
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

What People are Saying About This

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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." 

"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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Lord of the Flies Centenary Edition 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Damon_M_Bohley More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for those who like to read or want a bigger challenge in reading.
November-Owl More than 1 year ago
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.
matthew254 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lord of the Flies is a book about a bunch of British boys stuck on a desert island. Their failed attempt at society was the inspiration for one of my favorite Simpsons episodes ever. Chock full of nostalgia. Go banana. I listened to this book via mp3/audiobook on the drive from Virginia to Texas and the narrator did an especially comical treatment for Piggy. I can still hear his almost cockney-inspired "Bhat Eye've Ghott th' Konchh!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boys get stuck on island and fight over who leads. 2 ppl get killed and then they get saved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lord of the Flies is a controversial, mind-bending piece of literature that was written by William Golding in 1954. It’s an allegorical book that has many cases of symbolism to be applied into everyday human behaviors and actions; all of these events are fictional. The book is about a group of British boys who have crash-landed by plane on an isolated island and their minds are put to the test. They deal with psychological factors that are disturbing to read but fascinating to learn the meaning behind. A boy named Ralph assumes the position of leading the boys naturally and power conflict begins to appear between him and another boy named Jack. Both characters often clash for their rivalling ideas of what is right for the “biguns” (older boys) and “littluns” (younger boys). The story revolves around the endless struggle between animalistic nature and the order of society and democracy (evident by the conch they pass around). I was genuinely surprised at how much this book shocked me and kept me at my toes. It was so interesting how each character represented a role in society and the government and the actions of certain people when unbound by order. Characters represented certain traits such as Ralph (genuine leadership), Piggy (insightful wisdom), Jack (uncontrolled human instinct), Roger (a sadist person bound only by society), Simon (genuine kindness) and even the object the conch (democracy and freedom to speak). Each of these aspects are transformed or removed as events progress and the boys become ruled by their own fear and superstition. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that presses against what we believe to human nature and how real-world events can affect all facets of our lives. The psychological thought will have people wondering what they would do in situations and what piece we would play in a similar positions. It’s a book worthy of award and praise for its thoughtfulness and new perspective into the world of society. I encourage anyone asking to dissect the book for yourselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has to be in my all time top ten best books. You cant beat the classics. So much symbolism. PIGGY
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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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This should be interesting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My class is reading it and i'm a freshman in highschool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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I found this book really good! Its use of imagery is very vivid. It was amazing to see how all the boys worked together but as time went on things started not to work out between them. Very good book!
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My social studies teacher recommended it. Is it a good read? - respond to Abby
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Anonymousjacobledesma More than 1 year ago
AMAZING NOVEL! This following novel comes with a innocent, but yet treacherous story. With their devious twists to their amazing plot, I fully recommend this novel as a “#1 best seller”. In the middle of a raging war, a plane evacuating a group of schoolboys from Britain is shot down over a deserted tropical island. The Main character, Ralph, has courage to say words of wisdom and truth. All the young boys see that he has potential so they make him the honorable leader. That’s when a rivalry starts with Jack starts to envy Ralph. Jack became head of the hunters, as the numbers start to drop Ralph loses control and soon Jack gets all the power causing chaos. And Finally Ralph confronts the devilish demon, Jack. Who will win? I personally recommend Ralph as my favorite character, because he is very responsible and he can handle situations in a orderly fashion. I strongly feel that the main topic of this story is civilization vs. survival.