“This novel provokes the reader to re-examine human nature. Everything else taken away, outside our comfort zones, who are we really? That is one of the questions which for me resounds in the novel. A must read. ”Jasmin wrote this review Thursday, January 10, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“well its about kids stuck in on an island and they have to survive ”ani i wrote this review Monday, January 7, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Scary, sad, even nauseating at times, but likely very real too.
Couldn't stop reading even though it was upsetting as I did. I
see why it's required reading for many curriculums, this book is
rich with topics for discussion and learning. Don't bother with
the movie(s), make up your own visuals. ”
“One of my favorite books of ALL time. I just love it. I know the book is FULL of symbolism and all, but i really just love the literal story as well. ”Meg C wrote this review Sunday, January 6, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great story about a group of boys stranded together. There are no rules or laws, no adults (sounds like the building next door to me). Things get out of control. When I was in high school, I remember gasping aloud in class when I read the scene about Piggy's fate.”Amy Le B wrote this review Sunday, January 6, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was bored at the beginning. It is very difficult to get into it... But the last chapters are real interesting! Very dark view on human nature!”Lorraine D wrote this review Friday, January 4, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A compulsory read at high school! It is certainly memorable book but I would like to read it again before giving it a rating”Sharon wrote this review Tuesday, January 1, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A pessimistic take on what humankind would be like without the constraints of law or society. Nod to Freud.
Whether or not Golding was right about schoolboys becoming, for the most part, monsters once unleashed on an island with no adults is up for much debate.
The theme was recently explored on the trivial Kid Nation. But the flaw in the producers thinking was that a camera functions much like the eye of society, so the participants on Kid Nation didn't have to kill a sow (but they did murder a chicken, go figure) to demonstrate that they were separate from the rest of us. They never were.
But back to the novel. Golding's use of symbolism could fill volumes, as too any debate as to good and evil on the island. I really like the book despite its inherent cynicism, maybe even misanthropy.