Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

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Overview

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Golding’s iconic 1954 novel, now with a new foreword by Lois Lowry, remains one of the greatest books ever written for young adults and an unforgettable classic for readers of any age.
 
This edition includes a new Suggestions for Further Reading by Jennifer Buehler.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101158104
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/27/1959
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 11,644
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

William Golding was born in Cornwall, England, in 1911 and educated at Oxford University. His first book, Poems, was published in 1935. Following a stint in the Royal Navy during World War II, Golding wrote Lord of the Flies while teaching school. It was the first of several works, including the novels Pincher MartinFree Fall, and The Inheritors and a play, The Brass Butterfly, which led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983.
 
Lois Lowry is the two-time Newbery Award–winning author of Number the Stars,The Giver Quartet, and numerous other books for young adults.
 
Jennifer Buehler is an associate professor of educational studies at Saint Louis University and President of The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English.

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SucksToYourAsmar More than 1 year ago
I was assigned to read this book for school and I read the entire thing cover to cover in a few hours. It's an amazing and consuming story that shows how people can be innately good or evil.It dives into the human psyche and unrivels the tangled knot that is the mind. It also envolpes the religous scope of man, Simon as a Christ character and the pigs head as Beelzebub,great. I do admit dialogue is hard to follow but if you take the time to look past that it's amazing! One of the best books I have ever read!!
starburrst More than 1 year ago
Lord of the Flies is a novel filled with symbolism. The novel takes place on an island were young boys are plane wrecked and have to figure out how to survive with no parents. Starting out civilized, they quickly progress into savagery. While everything is falling apart Golding uses characters and items found on the island to represent symbols all throughout the book. I recommend reading lord of the flies, it is a great novel full of symbolism and it gives you a different view of how life could be with no rules.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was lonely one Saturday afternoon and after pondering my bookshelf, I decided to pick up my copy of Lord of the Flies; it was a great way to spend the next six hours. This tale was so engrossing that I finished it that same Saturday.
The reason this book was so captivating was Golding's carefully woven tale of wonder and brutality. Not only is Lord of the Flies an allegory, but it is also a tale where we are forced to confront the utterly shocking extremes of human nature.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a challenging and frightening, yet extremely enjoyable read. Here's to hoping that I never get stranded on an island with adolescent British boys!
DEMONTHE7TH More than 1 year ago
Seems to me that there are a lot of reviewers (mostly teens it seems) that don't care for this book. It's like some retarded kid wrote a review about the book and then had 30 clones decided to follow suit. I, for one, read this book back in high school and loved every minute of it!If you're looking for a dark book about human nature, here's one for ya. It might not be "action packed" but it makes up for it in reason. And to the kid that said books need to have lots of action to be respected, take a look back at every classic book out there and tell me you feel the same way. By the way, Twilight is not a classic, sir.
Fubuki123 More than 1 year ago
From a long list of books to choose from for a school project, Lord of the flies stood out as one of the few books I hadn't read, but I heard was amazing. Within a day, I read the whole book, and I have to agree, it's a work of art. This book shows just how savage we really are, and how civilization keeps us in place everyday. When you trace mankind to their roots, you realize how our basic instincts are to be savage killers. And when taken away from civilization and society, we have nothing but our own instincts on how to act. I thought if it can happen among children, it can definitely happen between grown men; Maybe to an even great extent. This book made me think thoroughly on the subject; comparing it to today's society. After you read this book, I'm sure you too will be left in thought and wonder.
Lancelota More than 1 year ago
Lord of the flies captivates ones imagination with its extreme details. The reader feels as if their there with the group of boys, with how extensive Golding's descriptions are. This book shows how quickly civilizations can crumble, and how horrible its outcome can be. I recommend this book to any readers who are adventurous. Lord of the flies is a very interesting novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. Lots of really good symbols for things in real life. While the message is pessimistic about human nature i think it is honest. Not all people are good. In fact, many people are bad and do bad things. I appreciate the honesty of this book. While it is fiction i like that it was not your typical happy predictable story.
Ranker More than 1 year ago
Jack, Ralph, and Piggy all represent something. Jack represents dictatorship. He has a violent personality and sees hunting as a must. Piggy represents intelligence and the public. He’s a chubby boy who wants rule and order in the island. Ralph represents democracy and common sense. He is the strong one and the leader. Without him or Piggy, there would only be violence which is Jack. The island sets up 2 main conflicts. On an external side, the conflict goes between Jack and Ralph. Hunting or Rescue. Dictatorship or Democracy. As you can see in the book, most of the boy’s side up with Jack’s way and few joined up with Ralph. But if you go in deeper you can see the internal side. Fear of the beast. Fear of the darkness in man’s heart. In the book, Simon tried explaining about how maybe the beast was within them and not physically but mentally. The book was good in keeping in suspense and was very interesting such as when Simon began talking to the Lord of the Flies which was a dead pig head. Another good point was the amount of symbolization in the book. The conch represented democracy and the will to speak. Every character represented something and the details in the story also. The best part of the story though was the way Golding described his characters. It was very fluid and keeps you entranced in the story. The way he described Ralph in the beginning was eye-catching. In either ways, this book was a very interesting read to a very good way to spend time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the few books that I thoroughly enjoyed. The author does a very good job in examining human nature and expressing his opinion in the book. The book shows that when put into a very serious situation our true selves come out and we may lose who we are. The style of writing that the author uses keeps me turning the pages. The way it was written kept you reading to see what would happen next. The only thing was that it takes some getting used to. The author did a very good job in creating the characters. Each one represented different kinds of people and their aspects. The real brutality of jack only came out when he felt threatened like a cat backed into a corner. Portraying real aspects of people in writing is hard but Golding pulled it off very well. This book was a fun read and I recommend it to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book starts off slow, and i was anything but enchanted by it, but it turned out to be one of the best books that i have read. At first, i thoght all of the descriptions were not needed to progress the plot, but the last section of the book changed my mind entirely. This is a must read.
JLA999 More than 1 year ago
The book, "Lord of the Flies" has many aspects that make a great book, one aspect is symbolism. Piggy's glasses, the conch, the Beast, and the Lord of the Flies all symbolize different aspects of civilization, order, and chaos. I would recommend this novel to someone that enjoys a story of survival on an island and the decline of civilization and the rise of savagery but wants deeper symbolism in a book about the decline of civilization and the rise of savagery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for my 8th grade class and I have to say it was kind of interesting. I guess it was ok but sometimes I thought that it was really boring when it got to the really long, descriptive paragraphs. But it some parts it was really spooky and engaging. This book was very different for me because it was very symbolic and sometimes really important things would happen and I didn't know what was happening. This book really shows the transformation of the schoolboys that got stuck in the island. They went from regular children to insane savages who were so crazy for food that they were willing to kill each other. Overall, I liked the book but it gets really boring sometimes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this okay for an 8th grader to read?
suzie-joe More than 1 year ago
Lord of the Flies is a great book and displays symbolism throughout the whole book. On of the most thought-provoking symbols is "the beast", it reoresents the evil within everyone. In the beginning, the boys are afraid of it. Gradually, they forget about it. When they forget about the beast completely, it shows that they have become savages. I recommend this book to any reader that likes to think a lot about what they are reading.
BK93 More than 1 year ago
Lord of the Flies (LOF) why is that english teachers think that this a coming of age novel? LOF is no doubt an intresting and intruing story and maybe and eye to the more raw side of humanity. When you strip away the rules and the adults if you turn off the lights are we no longer humans do we become no more than animals? That is the question LOF brings up and, Golding has a black view of human nature in genral. When young "civilized" english boys come to an island where there are no grown ups and no rules they become uncivlized and start to kill each other. This book is challenging and best read with spark notes or in class when there is a lot of dissucsion because it is easy to get lost with this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plain in simple, this book was a great read. Trying to understand all the symbolism in it kept me very entertained. I found myself re reading chapters to understand. Such a great book that truly defines the flaws in society. I would recommend this book to anyone.
shotbylite More than 1 year ago
This grading period in my English II class, students were assigned to choose a historic literary fiction novel to read and review. The novel I chose was William Goldings' Lord of the Flies. I chose this specific novel because I was already quite familiar with the story, this being the third or fourth time reading it, and it's easily one of my most favorite novels. Lord of the Flies starts out with a British plane that has crashed onto a deserted island. The only survivors are young boys, all below the age of 13. Two of the boys, Ralph, and one given the name “Piggy” find a conch, in which Ralph uses as a horn to bring all the survivors to one area. Two of the boys, Ralph, and Jack Merridew arise to be the two most dominant. Jack is the leader of a choir group that was among the survivors. Ralph is voted chief, losing only the votes of Jack's fellow choirboys. Ralph sets two goals: have fun, and work towards a rescue by maintaining a constant fire signal They create the fire with Piggy's glasses, nearly catching the whole island on fire. For a time, the boys work together. This quickly changes though, with the boys becoming complete and utter animals, showing their barbarianism. Lord of the Flies is a great book. William Golding does a perfect job dissecting how humans work and portraying the savage side us, normally being hidden by our “being civilized.” When taken away from society, we resort to our basic instincts. William Golding wrote Lord of the Flies with the purpose of showing how fierce and brutal we really can be. While reading, you really do feel like you are on the island with the young boys, experiencing it all alongside them. Everything mentioned in the book when it was written, is still, if not more relevant to today's society and culture. I would recommend Lord of the Flies to anybody who likes adventure books. I thought that this was a very good book for many reasons. One of the reasons is that it was very descriptive. When the boys landed on the deserted island, from the description I could easily tell what the island looked like, therefore I got the picture of the setting of the book. Another thing that I thought made this book very good was that it was very realistic. When the boys landed on the island, and were living there, they fought, argued, and cried like normal boys would. That really contributed to the tense mood of the story. It was all very sad, not because there was bloodshed or killing, but because the boys felt so much hatred towards each other. By the end of the book, I felt like I personally knew some of the characters This wasn't a very difficult book to read, but some pages I had to re-read to fully understand . Easily one of the most worthwhile books to read in the world.
Vincent2307 More than 1 year ago
Lord of the Flies is a great book to read for someone who enjoys to connect with the characters and put themselves in their situation. This book dives in to the evil the resides in every human, even children. From Ralph discovering the power of the conch shell, to Jack and his entourage abandoning the group, this story keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. As I put myself in the character's shoes I begin to wonder how I would react to their situation. Alone on the island with no adults or direction. The indolence of some of the boys would start to annoy me if I was Ralph. At the beginning, being saved and finding something to eat is their main priority; however, finding food becomes the least of their problems in the end. Overall Lord of the Flies is a good read and I recommend it for readers of all ages, but especially high school students.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lord of the Flies gives an enlightening yet terrifying view into the very essence of human nature. By stripping a group of young boys of the rules and omnipresent expectations of society, Goulding allows the characters to free themselves from past beliefs and carve their own new set of values, many of which to the reader seem to be not only unreasonable but also horrifying. The chaos that ensues suggests that the ideas of moral right and wrong may not even exist without civilization; therefore human beings themselves are sculpted more by societal traditions then many would like to believe. The book’s main success in addressing this theme emerges from the duality of the protagonist, Ralph. This mere twelve-year-old boy, with the influence civilization impressed upon him but not yet set in stone, symbolizes the clash between learned logic and animalistic nature, which creates a connection that allows the reader to understand that the violence and seemingly illogical decisions of the other boys perhaps aren’t as unrealistic as they might first appear. Had Ralph been more like Piggy, the consistent voice of reason, the other boys’ savage ideas would have seemed unrealistic, or at least an exception when it comes to generalizing human nature. By showing how Ralph must fight off his instinctual thoughts, Goulding gave the reader no choice but to question how virtuous humans truly are at the core. The main flaw of this piece of literature is what could be considered to be an overuse of symbolism. Many of the figurative devices are worked into the story beautifully, and augment the themes. However, Goulding relies heavily, almost comically on the motif of pigs. It likely would have been sufficient to liken the character Piggy to a pig, rather than have that be his name for the entire story. Although excluding Piggy’s real name has a layer of meaning to it, the prevalence of pigs becomes excessive and distracting. The connections between the character and the hunted animals, especially the one whose head was mounted on a stake, could have benefited from a more subtle approach rather than repetition of the word “pig.” Overall, William Goulding was extremely effective at crafting a haunting story that stimulates thought about the darkness of human nature and gives a reader more each time he or she reads it.
JakeNJ More than 1 year ago
First, I would like to say, right away, that I absolutely loved this book. Fast page turner and you just can't wait to see what happens next. Now, as far as the story and the underlining meaning go. Meat or rescue!! Meat or rescue? Instant gratification or plan to succeed in a long run? The story is about a bunch of British boys of various ages, who end up, due to the plane crash on the deserted island. Though they are young, aging from 6 to 12, they are right away thrown into decisions on rules, order and plan of what needs to be done to survive and eventually being rescued. Not to ruin it further, I will not say more than this as far as the plot, but I do want to point out a few things that just a great example of society structure in any given situation. Right away the boys decide to set up leadership and rules. Though, at first, they follow that structure, democratic counsel of their assembly, the leadership and ranking, they eventually do not subject themselves to the outline of their rules. Even though there are those who do want to keep everything in line, as per agreed, there are others who choose to rule by a mob mentality and modify their societal structure as they see fit, hence instant gratification and chaos, even tyranny. It is a perfect example that if we, as a society are driven by democracy, without any specific set of rules that we all follow, eventually we end up with disastrous outcomes, even if it seems to be pleasing in the short term. The structure, where everyone has input, but sticks to the same set of rules, is the only structure that makes people live by certain standards, not power struggle and emotions. Not promises of instant pleasures, but goals to eventually succeed for everyone's benefit. I am not talking about everyone's benefit in the "equal and fair" scenario where everyone pretends that we can all do our equal and fair share, but the actual set of standards, rules and assigned tasks to complete a specific task. We see many examples where, if we all get the same, if we all work together, fail and fail every single time. When everyone rips the same benefit, but doesn't have to work the same, then eventually you end up with no one doing and everyone wanting. Also, we see, that if someone has something to dangle in front of the others and the rules are not kept, then you have tyranny based on promises of quick and instant gratification, hence "I give you meat". What about the rescue? Well, I give you meat now!!  I love this book. It is a perfect example of a society in a very simple terms. How society as such, can exist, but only due to conditions that are set and mentioned above, otherwise we are all savages who are run by another savage, who throws us a piece of meat now and then.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in 10th grade. Awesome book!!
DoohoonJ More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book, I recommend this to anyone like reality.
LeanneE More than 1 year ago
A group of young school boys' plane crashes on a deserted island. The boys are forced to fight for their survival, and through a series of events their lives and personalities start to alter. I thought that the book was incredible. No doubt that it was one of the most interesting and well written books I have ever read. It had a captivating storyline and well rounded characters. William Golding does an incredible job at answering his own question of "If you take man out of civilization, will he still be civilized?" He shows a great deal about the nature of humans. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really great. You should read this book or otherwise you dont know what's this book about and u will never know no how to survive on island without someone!
RissaQ More than 1 year ago
William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies, can more appropriately be called my favorite book that I have ever read for a school assignment. I found it to be a very appealing book that really caught my interests. The way that Golding left you in suspense through the entire novel really helped me to pay attention the most. There was such immense detail in every chapter; it was like I was right there. All of the characters had their own personalities that really made the novel what it was, suspenseful as well as something that you could relate to. It is the descriptions that Golding uses that makes you really have to step back to remember that this is only a novel and not really happening. In the beginning of the novel, you are introduced to a group of young boys who are stranded on an island. The boys are almost destined for tragedy, but by knowing that they are stranded on an island. They are faced with hardships that no one should ever have to face, especially for children as young as five years old, and the oldest of the boys is merely twelve years of age. With no adult supervision on the island with them, the boys think that their time on this tropical island will be fun and enjoyable. The days look as though they will be easy to live through, with crystal clear water to swim in and people to become friends with. But when darkness covers the islands, and insanity gets to the boys, their lives on the island become possessed and evil. The novel makes you wonder what would happen to you if you were faced with the dilemma that these small boys had to face. Lord of the Flies has a certain tone that is entertaining to all readers. It also teaches us some important values, such as actually listening to someone instead of being cruel to them, then wondering why you were so mean when they are long gone. The novel was a wonderful piece of literature that should be recommended to anyone; even those people who we all know hate reading, especially if we are forced to read something. This is the book that will make you think, "I wonder what would happen if I were in their shoes." Overall, Golding's novel left me speechless and wanting more. It was one of those books that you wish would go on forever, but you know that deep down inside, it has to come to a close.