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Read Lord of the Flies PDF by William Golding

Click Here to Download the Book 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.

Reviews This book starts with a group of boys stranded in an island. It was beautiful, exciting and more importantly there was no grownups around. But as time progress, they have to decide on what to do, keep on having fun or becoming more responsible. What I learned from this book is that in time of crisis, we have to choose to either lead or follow. If we chose to lead, we must enforce the sensible things over the society’s desire. But, this book shared the writer’s thought that due to the nature of man, this is not possible. We will eventually succumb to our desire. It’s possible that you might hate this book. But, I found that this might be due the fact that this book was excellently written, we were able to relate directly to the characters. The plot is beautifully developed, the writer used such vivid imagery, and the symbolism is still something I’m trying to figure out. We should read this book not only to be entertained.

If there is a better study of the breakdown of social mores among children left to their own devices, I don't know what it is. I've read (or in this case, listened to) this tale several times over the course of my life and it never seems stale or dated. The basic props of a bunch of boys deserted on an island without adult supervision and the need for food and fire reduce the boys to their primal selves. They devolve. Even today's child would find their cellphone out of range and reduced likewise, I'm sure. It starts subliminally in Ralph's betrayal of Piggy by revealing his nickname to the others. Piggy had told him what his nickname was in confidence. It is innocent enough, could happen on the playground. But on the island, it weakens Ralph's position. Ralph was initially elected "Chief", and not by a landslide. He was the initial gatherer of the boys by blowing the conch shell. Another natural leader, Jack, gathers a group to be the hunters on the island. They become singularly focused on finding meat. This is the group which devolves the fastest and fittingly so as they are the primal hunters. Eventually, the hierarchy changes as Jack takes command of his hunters and asserts himself as "Chief". They eventually begin hunting Ralph. By the end, the island is ablaze, several boys are dead, and a rescue party arrives after seeing all the smoke. The build begins slowly enough, but it is relentless. And even Ralph and Piggy, who try to remain above it all, succumb to the madness of the herd. In this version, William Golding narrates his work. He isn't the greatest of narrators, but it was still pretty cool listening to him read it.


First off, I'm brazilian. I discovered this book here on goodreads, primarly because the title sparked me of a song of the same name by Iron Maiden. Then I began reading the reviews, and thought it would be interesting for me to read it. It's obrigatory for high school in the US, as far as I could see. Many reviews point that this book sucks. Well, here in Brazil I don't like the obrigatory books that they make us read either. But, in comparison, this obrigatory book is far way better then the ones we have to read here. I liked this book a lot, the only thing that I disliked being the end. The last five pages was full adrenaline, and ended in a way I wasn't expecting. But, overall, a good and intelligent narrative. It make us think about living in society. The 'leaders', the 'military' and the common people. The collapse of a community because of different point of views and the shame of human nature of constantly impose our opinions/wishes to the ones around us - we all want to others to do want we want.

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