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Lord of the Flies

By William Golding

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Format: Paperback, 240 pages, Export - Airside ed Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 05 April 1999
Originally published in 1954, William Golding's Lord of the Flies is one of the most disturbing and celebrated novels of modern times.A plane crashes on a desert island. The only survivors are a group of schoolboys. At first they revel in the freedom and celebrate the absence of grown-ups. Soon though, as the boys' fragile sense of order begins to collapse, their fears start to take on a sinister, primitive significance. Suddenly, the world of cricket, homework and adventure stories seems a long way away. The boys are faced with a more pressing reality - survival - and the appearance of a terrifying beast who haunts their dreams.

About the Author

William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911 and was educated at Marlborough Grammar School and at Brasenose College, Oxford. Before he became a schoolmaster he was an actor, a lecturer, a small-boat sailor and a musician. A now rare volume, Poems, appeared in 1934. In 1940 he joined the Royal Navy and saw action against battleships, submarines and aircraft. He was present at the sinking of the Bismarck. He finished the war as a Lieutenant in command of a rocket ship, which was off the French coast for the D-day invasion, and later at the island of Welcheren. After the war he returned to Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury and was there when his first novel, Lord of the Flies, was published in 1954. He gave up teaching in 1961.Lord of the Flies was filmed by Peter Brook in 1963. Golding listed his hobbies as music, chess, sailing, archaeology and classical Greek (which he taught himself). Many of these subjects appear in his essay collections

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Gr 10 Up‘A solid tool for the study of William Golding's classic novel. Sixteen critical selections from both journals and books are arranged in chronological order by date of publication from 1961 to 1993. The examined topics, length and completeness of entries, and depth of analysis present a wide range of material. Articles selected by Bloom have not previously appeared in works easily accessible to most readers. There is little duplication with "Contemporary Literary Criticism" (Gale) or with "British Writers" (Scribners); both cover less ground. Clarice Swisher's Readings on Lord of the Flies (Greenhaven, 1997) includes two of the same critics, but Bloom's book has complete articles rather than excerpts. While some readers may struggle with these selections, the book is an excellent resource.‘Gail Richmond, San Diego Unified Schools, CA

Here is another 50th-anniversary hardcover reprint. This edition sports the full text, plus notes and critical analyses. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

William Golding's Lord of the Flies is now available in a newly remastered, re-released audiobook edition from Listening Library, performed by the author. This audio update of the classic YA novel about the struggles of a group of British schoolboys stranded on a desert island comes 48 years after the print version first appeared in 1954 and 26 years after Golding was first recorded reading the book. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

EAN: 9780571200535
ISBN: 0571200532
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.1 x 1.5 centimetres (0.13 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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William Golding wrote this book as a response to "Coral Island," in which a group of boys shipwrecked on an island make Christians out of cannibals, hunt pigs but do not spill blood, and are cheerfully rescued. Obviously, "Lord of the Flies" is much more than an adventure story about good little boys. It is an exploration into the darker side of man and the true source of the "beast", or Devil. Contained in less than 200 pages is an insight into human nature and the failings of society. When you read this, be prepared not only to examine the book and all its symbolism but yourself and your civilization.
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Barbarism is the natural state of mankind.


Or so Robert E. Howard said in a similar statement.

This novel uses the device of stranding a bunch of kids on a desert island with no adults or civilisation to look at this type of statement in a microcosm.

After an attempt at civilised society things fall apart, with nasty results.

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