Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

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A plane crashes on an uninhabited island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast.

In this, his first novel, William Golding gave the traditional adventure story an ironic, devastating twist. The boys' delicate sense of order fades, and their childish fears are transformed into something deeper and more primitive. Their games take on a horrible significance, and before long the well-behaved party of schoolboys has turned into a tribe of faceless, murderous savages.

First published in 1954, Lord of the Flies is now recognized as a classic, one of the most celebrated of all modern novels.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 14mm | 188g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0571191479
  • 9780571191475
  • 930

About William Golding

William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911 and was educated at Marlborough Grammar School and at Brasenose College, Oxford. His first novel, Lord of the Flies, was published in 1954 and was filmed by Peter Brook in 1963. He won the Booker Prize for his novel Rites of Passage in 1980, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983. He was knighted in 1988. He died at his home in the summer of 1993.
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1,858,492 ratings
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3 25% (467,345)
2 9% (174,672)
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Having just finished this book, I can sincerely say that William Golding is a new favorite author of mine. Usually, I am not a fan of classics as they can be very slow paced and often hard to relate to in my opinion but this book goes at a steady pace and has some of the most beautiful, genuine and even evil characters that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I know that many people are forced to read this by their school and complain about it but I beg you to give it a go and to read it at whatever pace you feel comfortable at. It probably won't grip you. You probably won't be dying in suspense. But it will leave you full of questions about society, innocence and human nature.show more
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