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Lord of the Flies
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272 pages
English
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Cover TextBefore The Hunger Games there was Lord of the FliesLord 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.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 themthe world of cricket and homework and adventure storiesand 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.
"Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years." Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games"As exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking now as it was when Golding published it in 1954."Stephen King
Additional text"Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years." 
Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games
"As exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking now as it was when Golding published it in 1954."
Stephen King
"The most influential novel...since Salinger's Catcher in the Rye." 
Time
"This brilliant work is a frightening parody on man's return (in a few weeks) to that state of darkness from which it took him thousands of years to emerge. Fully to succeed, a fantasy must approach very close to reality. Lord of the Flies does. It must also be superbly written. It is." 
The New York Times Book Review
 
"Sparely and elegantly written...Lord of the Flies is a grim anti-pastoral in which adults are disguised as children who replicate the worst of their elders' heritage of ignorance, violence, and warfare." 
Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books
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ISBN/GTIN978-1-57322-612-7
Product TypeBook
BindingPaperback
Publishing year1997
Publishing date01/07/1997
Pages272 pages
LanguageEnglish
SizeWidth 142 mm, Height 210 mm, Thickness 20 mm
Weight233 g
Article no.29953750
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Content/Review

Table of ContentLord of the FliesIntroduction by E. M. Forster
One: The Sound of the Shell
Two: Fire on the Mountain
Three: Huts on the Beach
Four: Painted Faces and Long Hair
Five: Beast from Water
Six: Beast from Air
Seven: Shadows and Tall Trees
Eight: Gift for the Darkness
Nine: A View to a Death
Ten: The Shell and the Glasses
Eleven: Castle Rock
Twelve: Cry of the Hunters
Notes
Critical Analysis
Sample TextTHE SOUND OF
THE SHELL
THE BOY WITH FAIR HAIR LOWERED HIMSELF down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon. Though he had taken off his school sweater and trailed it now from one hand, his grey shirt stuck to him and his hair was plastered to his forehead. All round him the long scar smashed into the jungle was a bath of heat. He was clambering heavily among the creepers and broken trunks when a bird,
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Author

Born in Cornwall, England, in 1911 and educated at Oxford University, William Gerald Golding's first book, Poems, was published in 1935. Following a stint in the Royal Navy and other diversions during and after World War II, Golding wrote Lord of the Flies while teaching school. This was the first of several novels including Pincher Martin, Free Fall, and The Inheritors and a play, The Brass Butterfly, which led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983.