“Kentucky Reader said: 5 stars
This is an allegory originally published in 1954 during the cold war to show what happens when civilization falls apart. It begins immediately after a plane full of young British school boys, ages about six to twelve, crashes on a remote island. Many of the boys don't even know each other, but a large number of them are already in a group, a choir, and that group immediately sets itself apart from the rest of the older boys. Eventually two groups of older boys compete for control of the island. (The youngest boys, called younguns by the others, aren't valued at all.) Without rules, one group evolves into uncivilized savages, literally. It's amazing how evil a group of choirboys can become.
The book wasn't well-received when it was first published and soon went out of print. It was revived and became required reading in schools during the 1960's.
James R said: 4 Stars
An easy book (finished just over one day) to read and I could easily recommend this to a twelve year old, although that is not to say they would understand the deeper meaning in this simplistic narrative, nor may they agree with what William Golding has to say (that will be up to the reader, so read it!)
Although I enjoyed the story there were some flaws in the book, including an ending that seemed all to coincidental... but seeing as there are no spoilers here you'll have the read the book to see what I'm talking about.
The Main Characters (Piggy, Ralph and Jack) give aninteresting overview of three speerate aspects of life in general. And despite the harsh actions taken against Piggy, he was still very annoying and in one of the incidents I was almost waiting for him to get his (un)just deserts.
Anyway, a good book, easy to read, exciting, interesting and so...
diamondgirl said: 5 stars
When I told my mom I had never read this before she told me I must have been absent that day in school because everyone's read this. I would have remembered if we had though, because this has moved in to my top 5 books of all time. I don't even know where to begin. There are so many ways to analyze the story, the characters, the symbolism. There is the loss of innoncence, or the fact that no one is born innocent, just ignorant; maybe we are all savages deep down; the religious aspect of an Eden with no Eve. A lot of things I have read have compared Flies to The Catcher in the Rye but I personally don't see how. Rye was nothing compared to this. This was, I am sitting here typing this and I don't even have words to describe it. This will stay with me for a very very long time and is definitely going on my shelf to be read again at another time.
i.should.b.reading said: Rated: 4 stars
A bunch of young boys are stranded on an island. At first everything is civilized, but then one group wants to hunt and another wants to keep a signal fire going. They branch off and everything goes down hill. I loved this book in high school and found I still like it today. Though I'd hope if I was stuck on an island that it wouldn't get so bad.
Kristi (Passion for the Page) said: Rated: 2.5 stars
I never read this in high school and I can't really say that I liked the book, but I'm glad I've finally read it ;o). I think it's an important book. It has a lot of insights into human nature, I think. Which is what made it, for the most part, creepy and something I never want to read again.
Jeanette said: 1/2 star.
i have been wanting to read this book for ages and was wondering why i never had to read it in school. i now see why. my teachers wanted to keep from the torture that is lord of the flies.
this was the worst book i have ever read. i was bored to tears and had to force myself to get through it. the last 50 pages were the least painful, but the rest of it- arrgghhhh! i really dont understand why this is a classic.
the story would have been ok- a plane crashes on a deserted island with a group of british school boys who are left to fend for themselves and how to live as a society. thats about all that was interesting.
the descriptions were boring, the dialog was horrible, and at the third grade level, and..oh, did i say it was boring?
if you get the chance, skip it. just because its a classic doesnt mean its good!
Michelle H said:
This book is a classic from the mid 1950s and is the story of a group of boys who are stranded on an island and how they adapt, live, and behave. The story follows them through their days on the island and how they deal with different issues. Ralph is chosen to be the leader of the group and he tries to keep order within the group. Jack, on the other hand, is a hunter and likes to have fun. He tries to take over as leader with some of the boys, but he only focuses on the fun stuff. Piggy is an overweight boy who likes to keep order.
Kristel said: 3 stars
The Lord of The Flies written by William Golding in 1954 is recognized as a young adult classic about boys stranded on an island. There are no adults, only boys and they are all British but not previously known to each other. Ralph is happy to be on the island where their are no adults or rules, so is Jack. Their is rivalry between Ralph and Jack to be the leaders of the boys but Ralph is chosen and Jack is designated the hunter. Golding described the theme as "an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature" depending on the nature of the individual rather than any political system. The book is symbolic. The Lord of the Flies is the head of pig that Jack has killed. The boys become fearful of the unknown beast. Simon proposes that the beast really is them but the others don't listen to Simon. Piggy is the voice of the intellect and no one but Ralph listens to him. I watched the 1963 movie at least two times in English class during high school but do not think I had ever read it. The book does not leave you feeling good because even though adults come to the island finally, the savage nature in the boys is still an innate part of their being.
Tien H said: 2 stars
I have to admit that I'm not particularly impressed with this book. I wasn't that interested in the first place and therefore, just didn't enjoy it at all. So, okay, a bunch of British boys got stranded on an uninhabited island. At first, they were kind of civilised and tried to keep rules and structures etc. After a while, however, boys being boys (or really mankind being what they are) cannot help but fall into disagreements and savagery. The ending was so very sudden & anticlimatic though for me, it was just a relief that it ended the book.
Charisma said: 3 ★s
I think I had to many expectations to enjoy the book to its fullest. I read somewhere that the book might be the predecessor to The Hunger Games and liking the latter I just had to read it. In reality I did like the story all that much, I think it was too close to reality for my taste: it reveals too many evils that reside in human's heart, too many wrongdoings. It cannot be something I might call a favorite. The book itself didn't engage me to it's fullest, I was feeling bored at times and didn't want to continue reading. And it was very disturbing to read such a book when you have a son closing the age. You just cannot stop thinking: What if..?
Julie g said: 3 stars
The classic story of a group of boys stranded on an island with no adult supervision.The group starts with one boy (Ralph) trying to maintain some kind of order among them and organise a fire so that they have a chance of being rescued.He organises a hunting party with Jack as the leader and that is where things start to get way out of hand.The power goes to Jacks head and the boys resort to becoming savages.I felt most compassion for piggy,perhaps it is because we both wear glasses.Whilst a very well written book which brings up a lot for discussion this is not a happy read.It outlines all that is wrong in society.
I may have more to add after i discuss this with my book club but for now I just want to find a nice cheerful book to read.
serenity said: 4 stars
It is every young boy's dream- being left on a coral island with no parents or grownups to tell them what to do. It all begins quite nicely with order and with Ralph as the elected chief. Rules are created and jobs are divided amongst the boys. But things tip into chaos very quickly when a second anarchical faction rises up among the boys. They quickly descend into savagery and Ralph and his friend Piggy are the lone representatives of reason and law. Human nature shows its most sinister side and all hell breaks loose. There is a mysterious 'beastie' inhabiting the island which provokes fear in all the boys, big and small. But the beastie is really themselves and how they behave towards each other when they throw law and order to the wind. It is the ugliness inside all of their hearts which they have allowed to run free. This book was definitely an eye opener for the dark side of human nature and makes you think if this is what would happen if the world suddenly turned into a similarly lawless place. A good book worthy of being named a classic.
Nicole D said: 4/5 (audio/re-read)
I have a very clear early memory of the end of the Lord of the Flies movie (1963 Black and White) version. Flies swarming a pig head. I was probably 8 or 9 when I saw this, and I know I read the book in middle school. I'm not sure if this helped form the kind of reader I've become, or if I was just predisposed to liking this kind of dark stuff. Either way, this book really stands the test of time.
I think watching 27(!) seasons of Survivor made me say "pfft! Rookie" a few times, though. (Remember the dude with the fake Blackberry?) You can see how being stranded on an island, and forced to survive wears on people in different ways. I guess that's part of why Survivor is so great.
This audio was read by the author, and it was not "overproduced" in anyway. It's just him reading the story, and it really lent a sense of intimacy to the telling of the tale.
Great to revisit this classic.”