Lord of the Flies Centenary Edition
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The classic novel by William GoldingWith a new Introduction by Stephen King"To me Lord of the Flies has always represented what novels are for, what makes them indispensable." -Stephen KingGolding's classic, startling, and perennially bestselling portrait of human nature remains as provocative today as when it was first published. This beautiful new edition features French flaps and rough fronts, making it a must-have for fans of this seminal work.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.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.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.
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"Fantastic read. I definitely recommend reading this BEFORE you’re assigned it in school; school has ruined many books for me. I could be fantastically wrong, but I think that this book was a lovely commentary on the animalistic nature of humanity. I’ve been fascinated from a young age by the notion that everyone, at our core, are able to do truly terrifying things, but natural things all the less. I don’t know if this made any sense, but, all in all, definitely read this book. On your own time. "
"Absolutely hated this book. I have had to read it at least twice between high school and college.. and I hated it even more the second time around. A bunch of pretentious kids get stranded on an island, none have the common sense to try to catch a fish, and they end up fighting over a conch. Yes, sure, it's a metaphor for life. But who's life? Pretentious snot nosed children, that's who. Can you tell this book still makes me mad for purely existing?"
"this is my “book that made me love reading” book. i was hesitant at first, as i always am when reading assigned books in class. i even put it off until a few days after the due date was. so i binged it, and part of me knows that i would’ve anyway because it would not. let. me. go. there’s something so special about this book. if you’re debating reading it, Please at least give it a shot. the writing in it is so jarringly beautiful. :)"