Lord of the Flies pdf Book Summary – William Golding
Lord of the Flies pdf book is a book authored by the Nobel Prize-winning British author William Golding in 1954.
Lord of the Flies pdf Book is Golding’s debut, and was generally well received. The book was ranked third in the nation’s favorite books from school in a 2016 UK poll.
Lord of the Flies pdf Book tells the story of a group of British boys who are stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempts to govern themselves.
At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued.
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Lord of the Flies Themes
The name “Lord of the Flies” is a literal translation of Beelzebub, from 2 Kings 1:2–3, 6, 16. Themes of the book include the tension between groupthink and individuality, between rational and emotional reactions, and between morality and immorality.
Lord of the Flies Author – William Gerald Golding
Born in Cornwall, England, William Golding the author of Lord of the Flies pdf book started writing at the age of seven. Though he studied natural sciences at Oxford to please his parents, he also studied English and published his first book, a collection of poems, before finishing college. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II, participating in the Normandy invasion. Golding’s other novels include , The Inheritors, The Free Fall, Pincher Martin, The Double Tongue, and Rites of Passage, which won the Booker Prize.
Details of the Book Lord of the Files
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Reissue edition (December 16, 2003)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399501487
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399501487
- Reading age : 7+ years, from customers
- Lexile measure : 770L
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.58 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #82 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #3 in Teen & Young Adult Classic Literature
- #3 in Censorship & Politics
- #6 in Classic Literature & Fiction
- Customer Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars 29,861 ratings
Lord of the Flies pdf Book Reviews
“Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. I still read it every couple of years.”
—Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games trilogy
“I finished the last half of Lord of the Flies in a single afternoon, my eyes wide, my heart pounding, not thinking, just inhaling….My rule of thumb as a writer and reader—largely formed by Lord of the Flies—is feel it first, think about it later.”
“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
Reviews from Amazon Buyers
5.0 out of 5 stars An Timeless Treasure. . .
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2018
In my quest to read the greatest American horror stories of all time, I’m so elated to say I’ve finally reached Lord of the Flies. Oh my, what an epic story in great proportions! I think what scared me the most about this story are the parallels between the timeline in the story and our time we’re living right now.
Our story begins with a plane crash that lands the boys on this beautiful coral oasis island in the middle of who-knows-where. Immediately, Ralph, being one of the eldest boys decides to take it upon himself to explore the island and find out how many others are there. He takes a conch shell and blows through it and discovers there are various size boys displaced the same as he.
Until they can be rescued, Ralph takes a poll and asks the boys to vote who should be their chief to help guide them. Hands down, Ralph wins. It is realized very early that the littler boys are frightened and crying for their mothers, while the bigger boys begin to think of survival straight away. As they explore and learn about the island, they find fruit they can eat, while some of them ate things that weren’t so good, causing them to get sick.
The longer they stayed on the island, it was becoming obvious that a shift was changing within ‘some’ of the boys. Ralph could clearly see that his word was no longer being listened to. They seemed to be interested in Jack Merridew and what he had to say. After all, he was about killing pigs for meat to eat, and killing anything ‘else’ that stood in his way. As the story advances, it becomes very clear that these young boys have turned into total savages. They reverted back to caveman days without thought or a care in the world.
Eventually, as the boys began to divide, Jack’s tribe was much larger than Ralph’s. Poor Ralph had no one he could confide in or help him. Jack had a thirst for blood and didn’t mind spilling it–and it did not have to be a pig’s blood. If you didn’t follow ‘his’ rules, you might find a spear stuck in your chest.
I’ve always heard about Lord of the Flies pdf book and I knew when someone said people are acting like the named title, I knew exactly what they meant. The saddest thing of all, Golding wrote this novel 64 years ago, and here I can see things happening to our country right now! Actually, not just our country, but the world. With social media and politicians who feel it’s quite all right to say and act any way they please as if this is the norm! All the laws and rights we Americans have fought so hard for to ensure an equality for all Americans, was for not. Our country is reverting back to a time I dare not think of. Hmm, see the similarities of the story and today! Who knew Golding would tell a story that would eventually come true. How terrifying is that!
5.0 out of 5 stars A deserving inclusion in the Great Books of the 20th Century edition
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2014
Review of the Novel: As a teacher, I have to teach the same novels repeatedly. Quite a few novels that were immensely meaningful to me as a teenager are in hindsight only great young adult novels or at best great for only a few reads. The Lord of the Flies, however, is not one of those works. I must have read it closely at least ten or even twenty times by now, but I still find it engaging and stumble upon new realizations. Students who think they’ve already read (and/or failed to appreciate) the Lord of the Flies discover a work that shakes them to the core of their being, once I force them to slow down and really appreciate Golding’s rich work. And I’m really not being hyperbolic. I just want to teach this novel over and over and over again.
Review of the Penguin Great Books edition (ISBN 978-0-14-028333-4): As for this edition, I highly recommend it. The cover is well-designed aesthetically and functionally. The binding is tight, especially for a paperback. The deckle edges are a nice touch. The font type and spacing is quite nice, not too big or small, so that it can pack in the entire novel into 182 pages of fine-quality paper that might actually be acid-free, even if not lignan-free, versus versus Riverhead edition’s acidic 272 pages. The only downside to this edition is that the margins are a bit narrow for someone like me who loves marginalia. But otherwise, I’d highly recommend this edition.
OK, I’m done sounding super stuffy now.
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