Since 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 ...Read MoreSince 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.Read Less
Very Good. No Jacket. Collectible, Rare Book. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. 208 pp. Solidly bound copy with moderate external wear, crisp pages and clean text. No dj. Bumped cover corners. Ink stamp on inside of front cover board.
Fine. THIS IS A 1954 PAPERBACK EDITION IT IS CLEAN AND UNMARKED THE PAGES ARE STILL WHITE WITH NO TANNING THE COVER HAS A LIGHT CREASE THE BOOK LOOKS U NUSED. pages are still white it is clean and unmarked
Coward-McCann, Inc., New York, NY, 1962. 2nd Edition, 1st Printing, Fine, Hard Cover, Size=6."x8.5", 243pgs. Clean, tight and bright. No ink names, tears, chips, etc. "The 1962 Edition" stated on copyright page. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES ALL ARE WELL PACKED WITH CARE!
Good in Good jacket. One of the most revered books of the 20th century! A frequently studied work and a constant in several best-of book lists. Adapted in film in 1963 and 1990. This was the debut novel from the Nobel Prize winning author. First American Edition, stated on the copyright page. Hardcover. Original jacket. Fading on boards. Corner bumping. Previous owner name and foxing on front end page. Sunning on spine of jacket. Price-clipped. Good/Good. Published by Coward-McCann, Inc. 1955.
Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. 12mo. Signed by Author. 223 pp. Thirteenth impression of the first edition. Signed by Golding on the title-page. Bound in red cloth with white lettering on spine. Previous owner's signature, age-toning to pages; price-clipped dustjacket has bookseller's label on rear panel, else a truly fine copy. Scarce in any edition with signature.
Good. 1st Printing. William Golding's "Lord of the Flies". First Edition, First Impression; with no later printings mentioned on the copyright page. Published by Faber and Faber in London in 1954. With a later printing dust jacket. The dust jacket is in very good condition. Small chips at the corners with larger chips at the top of the spine affecting the title. The spine is heavily sun faded with wear at the hinges. The flaps are slightly clipped but the original price of 15s remains on the front flap. The book is in very good minus to good plus condition. The red cloth boards are quite well preserved, the spine is sun faded but the white lettering is bright and intact. The bookplate on the front pastedown states: From the Library of The Spirella Employees' Welfare Association. There are no other library marks in the book, however, there is a sheet of paper on the rear paste-down which has been taped down. This was evidently done many years ago since the tape has now aged to yellow. The book has a bit of a musty smell. A difficult book to find in the true first edition. Please view the many other rare titles available for purchase at our store.
Fine in Fine jacket. 243 pages First American edition, first printing. His first novel. Pulitzer Prize winning book. Fine book in a near fine dust jacket with very slight rubbing to the corners. A beautiful copy!
Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First U.S. edition. The author's second book and first novel. "Civilization is only a veneer. Children left alone revert to a violent, primitive existence."-Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 251. Baron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 6-143. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 4-123. Jones and Newman (eds), Horror: 100 Best Books 53. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1257-60. Boards just a bit tanned, top edge of text block lightly foxed, a very good copy in very good dust jacket with rubbing at spine ends and corner tips and tanning to spine panel and along flap folds. (#150553)
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.
Aug 25, 2009
High School Mandatory Read that I LOVED
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!!!
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.
Aug 9, 2007
Good the second time around too
Required reading in high school but taking the incredible journey again as an adult was just a rewarding
May 22, 2007
Not about cannibalism
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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