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ISBN: 1573226122 / ISBN-13: 9781573226127

Lord of the Flies

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  • Lord of the Flies (Riverhead Books) – Trade paperback (1997)
    by Sir William Golding, E M Forster (Adapted by)

    Lord of the Flies

    Trade paperback, Riverhead Books
    1997
    English
    256 pages

    ISBN: 1573226122
    ISBN-13: 9781573226127

    Capturing generations of readers since its publication in 1954, "Lord of the Flies" is a cult favorite among students and literary critics. An adventure tale in its purest form, this thrilling account of a group of British schoolboys marooned on a tropical island exposes the duality of human nature itself--the dark, eternal divide between order and chaos, intellect and instinct, structure and savagery.

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Reviews of Lord of the Flies

Overall customer rating: 4.572
Edd78

Non native language review

by Edd78 on Oct 1, 2009

Once again I picked up this book to complete my education about classic novel. I'm pretty much fluent in "modern" English, but I have to say that reading that novel was particular hard with my non-native English, and it made a less enjoyable read (I'm writing this as a warning to other ESL readers). Otherwise, I found the story hypnotic, and the author's take on the evolution of a children run society completely acurate.

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carriej

High School Mandatory Read that I LOVED

by carriej on Aug 25, 2009

When I was in high school - my Honor's program made us read particular books over the summer months & during the year. I was SO not interested in reading back then. I would do anything I could to prevent reading Jane Eyre, The Old Man & The Sea, etc.... but this book - this is probably the book that got me going. After reading this book, I realized - I just have to find the right books for me. This book has it all -- it's a page turner!!!

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Jame

Superb!

by Jame on Jun 15, 2009

A classic allegory, this book portrays the struggle between the instincts of morality and savagery that rages within every human being. When a plane carrying a group of English school boys crashes on an uninhabited island, the boys, free of adults, must decide how to survive. At its basest at battle between good and evil, this novel is an expert example of the most primitive battles that rage within us all.

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Coyotemaggie

Good the second time around too

by Coyotemaggie on Aug 9, 2007

Required reading in high school but taking the incredible journey again as an adult was just a rewarding

mallorysusan

Not about cannibalism

by mallorysusan on May 22, 2007

I remember hearing that this book was about little boys who were cannibals. I was instantly turned off. Of course, this was assigned in my senior English class. It was an easy read, especially when compared to the other books we had to read (Frankenstein, Crime and Punishment, Hamlet). It's easy to understand the different metaphors and similes. I think the hardest thing to understand about this book is that these are little boys. Not grown men, but small boys who turn into savages without parental guidance. And for the record, I was proved wrong about the cannibalism thing. There is no such thing in this book, and ultimately, it was a great read.

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