Wednesday, May 7, 2014

LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding


One of my favorite narrative themes is the true nature of society and its corruption and breakdown when facing trauma and change. Lord of the Flies played a big part in inspiring and popularizing this theme in fiction. A group of British schoolboys survive a plane crash on an unidentified island. At first the boys naturally have a blast with their new independence without adults, until leaders start rising and groups start dividing. Then the dark side human nature starts to show its ugly head.

The classic plot is one of my favorites but I found the writing to be a bit tedious and awkward. In the hands of a more engaging, imaginative writer, this book could've been a favorite!

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