135. Lord of the Flies (William Golding)

Monday, May 21, 2012
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Its been a busy weekend for reading!

William Golding's masterpiece, Lord of the Flies, is one of my all-time favourite books.  I first read it in high school and fell in love with it immediately.  During my university years, I re-read it for pleasure.  The arrival of Hrothgar and a long, holiday weekend seemed like the perfect reason to read it once again.

A group of school boys are stranded on a deserted island after the plane is hot down.  The boys elect a leader and try to set down rules to govern themselves until they are rescued but their mini society quickly devolves into savagery.  A few try to maintain some semblance of civilaztion but they are outnumbered by the new, primitive tribe and the results are disastrous.

The plot is fairly simple but Golding tells the tale incredibly well.  It is a great examination of our basic human nature, the "common good" versus the desire for power, and group/crowd mentality.  Its deep baby, real deep but without the reader being slapped in the face with it.  Golding is good.  If you haven't read Lord of the Flies, why not?!  I think this is definately a MUST read book for everyone. 

There have been two movie versions made of Lord of the Flies - one in 1963 and another in 1990.  I can't remember the original but I do remember watching the second version and thinking I preferred the 1963 version (which we watched in school).  I recommend seeing both and deciding for yourself.  Either way, you're not likely to be disappointed - but read the book first.  Its in a league of its own.


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