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Lord of the Flies

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Cover TextSince it was first published in 1954, William Golding's classic debut novel has remained a stark allegory of civilization, survival, and human nature. As dystopian stories like Hunger Games and Battle Royale surge in popularity, this haunting tale of a group of young boys stranded on a desert island still captivates schoolchildren around the world, raising timeless and profound questions about how easily society can slip into chaos and savagery when rules and order have been abandoned.
When a plane crashes on a remote island, a small group of schoolboys are the sole survivors. From the prophetic Simon and virtuous Ralph to the lovable Piggy and brutish Jack, each of the boys attempts to establish control as the reality- and brutal savagery-of their situation sets in.
A teacher himself, Golding clearly understood how to interest children with a gripping story and strong, sympathetic characters. The novel serves as a catalyst for thought-provoking discussion and analysis of universal issues, not only concerning the capabilities of humans for good and evil and the fragility of moral inhibition, but beyond.
The boys' struggle to find a way of existing in a community with no fixed boundaries invites readers to evaluate the concepts involved in social and political constructs and moral frameworks. Symbolism is strong throughout, revealing both the boys' capacity for empathy and hope, as well as illuminating the darkest corners of the human spirit. Ideas of community, leadership, and the rule of law are called into question as the reader has to consider who has a right to power, why, and what the consequences of the acquisition of power may be.
Often compared to Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies also represents a coming-of-age story of innocence lost.
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ISBN/GTIN978-0-571-27357-7
Product TypePaperback
BindingPaperback
FormatB-format paperback
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Publishing year2011
Publishing date15/08/2011
Pages256 pages
LanguageEnglish
SizeWidth 126 mm, Height 197 mm, Thickness 20 mm
Weight194 g
Article no.11700408
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PrefaceLord of the Flies is William Golding's classic debut novel, now republished to mark his centenary, with an introduction by Stephen King.

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William Gerald Golding wurde am 19. September 1911 in St. Columb Minor/Cornwall geboren. Er begann im Alter von sieben Jahren zu schreiben. Er studierte aber später zunächst Naturwissenschaften und Englisch an einem Oxforder College. Ein erstes Buch mit Gedichten erschien ein Jahr vor seinem Studienabschluss. Ab 1939 lehrte er in Salisbury Englisch. Golding nahm als Soldat am Zweiten Weltkrieg teil. Diese Kriegserfahrung waren prägend für sein weiteres Schaffen. 1983 erhielt der britische Schriftsteller den Nobelpreis für Literatur. Er starb am 19. Juni 1993 in Perranworthal/Cornwall.