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Lord of the Flies

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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.

Author: William Golding
Amazon rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Published in 1954
Characters: Piggy, Jack, Ralph, Eric, Simon, Roger and Sam

 

"He found himself understanding the wearisomeness of this life, where every path was an improvisation and a considerable part of one's waking life was spent watching one's feet."

"They looked at each other, baffled, in love and hate."

"The greatest ideas are the simplest."

"The thing is - fear can't hurt you any more than a dream."

The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away."

"Maybe there is a beast… maybe it's only us."

"They walked along, two continents of experience and feeling unable to communicate."

"His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink."

"He lost himself in a maze of thoughts that were rendered vague by his lack of words to express them. Frowning, he tried again."

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