Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Lord of the Flies

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Title: Lord of The Flies
Author: William Golding
Pages: 190
Yearly Count: 74
Awards: William Golding is the winner of the Nobel Prize

The allegorical novel, about a group of school boys who become society forming groups for hunting, making fire and learning to exist alone on an island. This group of school boys tries to put in place a governing system that works for them, and even those who have not read this know that a group of little boys governing themselves, fending for themselves on a solitary island will run into trouble. This is Golding's take on human nature. I don't think it is far off, as our instincts for survival do make us into beasts even in the modern world today.

I had never read Lord of the Flies, but it is one of those that I had always wondered about. I found the reading a little slow and filled with description, but it was written in the 50's and absolutely mirrors the pace of that age. I can't say I enjoyed it, or that it was fun to read, but I did see the importance of it. Golding does a great job with the writing, and one becomes involved in the survival and hopeful rescue of these little savage boys.

I could not help but think of LOST...I know I shouldn't think of TV when reading a classic, right? But it constantly reminded me of the LOST series.

It is a classic, but have you read it? There are many classics that I have not read, but this is no longer one of them. I had a good time hearing about Ralf and Jack and Piggie...boys will be boys!

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Have you entered my giveaway!?!?! I have 5 copies available this book!!!

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11 comments:

Ramya said...

hey bethany!!:) i have been meaning to read this for a while.. now that i have your review, i definitely want to give it a shot..:) and looks like you are doing wonders with the clean water fundraising! awesome!:) btw, i sent the money to a darfur org.. i put in 5 bucks for every book you read during the read-a-thon!:)

Ramya said...

btw, what's the status on the OT challenge?? give us some updates!:)
and hey..are you planning to host it in 2009 as well?? i am getting my list of books for 2009 ready now.. :)

bookworm said...

I read this book 2 years ago for my english class. The teacher obviously loved it because she had a really sick mind and focused her lessons accordingly. In class one day, after going over another quiz grade she said, "You don't like this book, do you Sarah?" My quiz grades reflected how much I didn't like it. If she would have put the focus on something else I would have liked it much better.

bethany said...

ramya- hey!! :) yeah, it is interesting for sure. I am glad to have read it, as it is a classic!

Thanks so much for sending money to the darfur organisation!! That is an amazing organization....thank you!
You are awesome.

Oh, and I will do an update for the OT challenge in the next couple of days...thanks for reminding me :)

Yes I am going to do it again next year.

bookworm- Sorry your experience with this wasn't so good...that does taint a book. Bummer!

beastmomma said...

I read this book in high school and enjoyed it very much. I think is because I had an amazing teacher who incporated the themes into some interactive classroom exercises.

Scobberlotcher said...

This is one classic I haven't read yet. There are so many references in pop culture to this, that I know I need to, and of course, now I am intrigued. :)

Corinne said...

I read this one in high school and really enjoyed it!! And, like Ramya, I'm already getting my books together for OT 2009 :)

literatehousewife said...

I've wondered about this one myself. I somehow can't really get into the idea - not that it's not a good one. For me it's like I'd rather not know. Thank you for the great review!

Anna said...

I haven't read this one, and I don't plan on it anytime soon. I know it's one I probably should give a chance, but there are so many books I'd rather read first. Is that bad? ;)

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Trish said...

Wow that is a creepy cover! I was supposed to read this in high school and didn't (I was a bad english student, if you can imagine!!), but then I read it a few years ago. While like you it isn't my favorite book, I do see a lot of importance in it. I've never watched Lost, but sometimes I draw parallels between TV and books (seems like TV is a lot of recycled material anyway).

Rebecca Reid said...

I can't say I "enjoyed" a thing about this book; even though it was beautifully written the story disgusted me!! while I know that may be human nature, I guess I like to dwell on the more positive aspects of human nature.