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Lord of the Flies - (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) by William Golding (Paperback)

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About the Book



"First published in Great Britain by Faber and Faber Ltd 1954"--Copyright page.



Book Synopsis



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.

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.

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.


"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



Review Quotes




"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



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.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.3 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inches (W) x .7 Inches (D)
Weight: .45 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 192
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Classics
Series Title: Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century
Publisher: Penguin Books
Format: Paperback
Author: William Golding
Language: English
Street Date: October 1, 1999
TCIN: 11486558
UPC: 9780140283334
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-9788
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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3.0 out of 5 stars with 1 reviews

Kind of Boring...

3 out of 5 stars
Pomeraniansarebeast - 13 years ago
I recently read this book for a school project and thought it was kind of boring. On the other hand though, if you like adventure, surviving the wild and life or death scenarios I would definetly recommend this book! Seeing as I am obviously not into that kind of stuff if you liked the Hatchet then you should enjoy this book very much!
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