Lord Of The Flies

by William Golding | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0571191479 Global Overview for this book
Registered by bookowl1000 of Foshan 佛山, Guangdong China on 3/26/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by bookowl1000 from Foshan 佛山, Guangdong China on Friday, March 26, 2010
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Journal Entry 2 by bookowl1000 from Foshan 佛山, Guangdong China on Friday, March 26, 2010
Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel by Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding. It discusses how culture created by man fails, using as an example a group of British schoolboys stuck on a deserted island who try to govern themselves, but with disastrous results. Its stances on the already controversial subjects of human nature and individual welfare versus the common good earned it position 68 on the American Library Association’s list of the one hundred most frequently challenged books of 1990–1999. In 2005, the novel was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the one hundred best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.

The story is set on an isolated island, during a war. A British plane has crashed; there are no adult survivors. Two boys, the fair-haired Ralph and an overweight, bespectacled boy reluctantly nicknamed "Piggy", form the initial focus, as they begin to make sense of their new surroundings. They soon find a white shell and Piggy suggests that Ralph use the conch as a horn to call for any other survivors who might be nearby. Thus Ralph initiates the island's first assembly where all of the survivors turn out to be male children, none seemingly over the age of thirteen: "biguns" (a few older boys) and "littluns" (several younger boys).

Two dominant boys emerge: Ralph, and another older boy named Jack Merridew, a bony, freckled redhead who is the head of a choir group that was among the survivors. After a brief election, Ralph is voted chief, losing only the votes of Jack's loyal fellow choirboys. The newly elected leader encourages everyone to work toward two common goals, the first one being to have fun and the second one to be rescued by maintaining a constant fire signal, which will be lit using Piggy's glasses. For a time, the boys work together toward erecting shelters, gathering food and water, and keeping the fire going. The choirboys then set their own objective, namely to become the hunters of the local animals. Soon Ralph's rules are being ignored or challenged outright.

Published in 1954, Lord of the Flies was Golding’s first novel, and although it was not a great success at the time—selling fewer than three thousand copies in the United States during 1955 before going out of print—it soon went on to become a bestseller, and by the early 1960s was required reading in many schools and colleges. It was adapted to film in 1963 by Peter Brook, and again in 1990 by Harry Hook.

The title is said to be a reference to the Hebrew name of Beelzebub (בעל זבוב, Ba’al-zvuv, “god of the fly”, “host of the fly”, or literally “Lord of Flies”), a name sometimes used as a synonym for Satan. The title of the book, in turn, has itself become a metaphor for a power struggle in a chaotic situation.

1001 book, paperback, 194g

Journal Entry 3 by bookowl1000 from Foshan 佛山, Guangdong China on Wednesday, March 31, 2010
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Journal Entry 4 by wingkiwiinenglandwing from Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Monday, April 12, 2010
Thought I should read this book as so many references are made to it. Thanks for sending it over bookowl1000.

Journal Entry 5 by wingkiwiinenglandwing from Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Thursday, April 29, 2010
I thought the first quarter of this book was rather slow, with a lot of descriptions of the island that I couldn't visualise very well which was rather frustrating. I think the feeling of slowness was because I knew the storyline and it didn't seem to be happening.

But the last part - wow, that was powerful writing.

I wonder if it would have been different if the children who were stranded had been girls? Less physical agression and even more manipulation and power struggles perhaps.

I did feel so sorry for the littluns.

Journal Entry 6 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Released 11 yrs ago (5/4/2010 UTC) at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland



Off to Australia to continue its journey. Travel well little book.

Journal Entry 7 by wendyv from Blind Bight, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, May 18, 2010
tbr - i got this in the mail yesterday - am very xcited to read it, my husand will read it after me, and then it will continue is journey. Thank you so much for posting it to me.
I read this many years ago and i cannot wait to read it again!.

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