Lord of the Flies written by William Golding is about a large group of private school boys that end up stranded on a deserted island after their planeLord of the Flies written by William Golding is about a large group of private school boys that end up stranded on a deserted island after their plane crashes. Due to the war that is happening in reality at the time of the crash the boys wonder if this was a crash, or an attack. Either way, one thing becomes clear to them rather quickly. They are without any adult supervision which they find frightning and exciting all at once.
Though there are many different characters in this story, four main boys stood out for me. Ralph, the born leader, likable and well spoken. He was the most logical of the boys. Though at first he too was thrilled to be stranded without adults, he quickly put things in perspective and knew what had to be done to acclomplish their quick rescue, and that was to keep a fire burning for any in coming ships to see their smoke. Ralph, as elected leader, did not relish in his authority, but geniunely cared about the group of boys and had their best interest at heart. Piggy had their best interests at heart as well. Another senisible boy, even more intelligent than Ralph. He was able to think quicker than Ralph. However Piggy lacked respect for his poor social skills and for his outward appearrence of a portly boy with specticles, "ass-mar", and an annoying habit of constant whinning. Though Piggy annoyed Ralph as well, Ralph was able to see the good qualities Piggy had as well and valued his opinion on just about everything, actually relied on it most of the time. Jack, not exactly a born leader, except in his own eyes. Jack felt he should have been elected the leader and when he wasn't he announced he was in charge of hunting for meat. In this new role he had given himself, he put the boys at risk for making hunting the top priority instead of getting rescued. This was one of the first events that would put the boys against each other. Simon was the most innocent of the boys. A sensitive boy who cared about their safety and unification. A boy with alot to say, but unfortionatly had an awful time speaking to the group because of his shyness. An event that takes place between the other boys and Simon signifies the true loss of innocense and humanity amoung most of the boys. I thought this was a great book, though very sad and terrifing at times. Being a mother I couldn't help thinking about how these boys parents felt about their missing sons. Ironically Golding did not have these boys pinning for their parents, but had most of them(with the exception of Ralph and Piggy)adjusting to the island as though they were never to be rescued and converting back to uncivilized savages in a matter of weeks. I wonder if the characters were girls, how different the story would have been. I personally would like to think we would have remained more civilized. On second thought, as viscous as young girls can be, the number of casualities would probably have been doubled....more
How could I have forgotten to add this book to my library? I love, love, love The Beatles. I was totally born in the wrong generation because I love aHow could I have forgotten to add this book to my library? I love, love, love The Beatles. I was totally born in the wrong generation because I love all 60's music. Although The Beatles are by the far the most amazing from that generation and any generation since...in my humble opinion. This book has been a reference book for me so far mostly. I haven't had a chance to read it front to back yet. It is quite large and difficult to curl up with on the couch. I do drag it off the bookshelf and go through it in pieces often. I read John Lennon's history completely of course because he is my favorite. I have also looked up quite a few songs that I just wondered where the ideas for them came from. I love this book because I know everything in it was approved by and actual quotes and interviews given by the british gents themselves.... John's info from past interviews of course. The storys are great, the photos are terrific. As a Beatles fan you cannot be without this book. I am proud to have this book in my collection of favorites. I added this book to the "also saw the movie" shelf because I own The Beatles Anthology dvd set as well. I first watched them on tv back in the 90's....more
"It" takes place in Derry , Maine where 7 indiviuals come together to fight an evil presence that lives and feeds off of mostly young children in this"It" takes place in Derry , Maine where 7 indiviuals come together to fight an evil presence that lives and feeds off of mostly young children in this small town. These wonderful charaters confront "It" not once, but twice, first as children and again as adults. I went into this book thinking "It" was a clown, when really "It" was much more than that...he took on many forms and "It" was creepy as hell. This book was great! I have been a Stephen King fan for a long time and I am now kicking myself for waiting so long to read this book. As scary as some of the parts of this book was, I really enjoyed the seven main charaters, espcially when they were children. Yes, there were times I thought to myself, "I may need to sleep with the lights on if I keep reading tonight", but there were also times I actually found myself laughing out loud with these kids. Some weird things went on toward the end of this book that are still making me go "hmmm...." but what good story doesn't right? Loved it, worth the 5 weeks I had to spend on one book, "It" was very long, but worth every page!...more
Loved it! I am surprised to read some of these negative reviews...but everyone is different I guess. I thought it was a sweet romance with alittle darLoved it! I am surprised to read some of these negative reviews...but everyone is different I guess. I thought it was a sweet romance with alittle darkness and action all rolled into one. I probably should have given it a 4 star...only because of a couple tiny grips...(regarding the poll below)...1. I really didn't know too much about Bella's "human" friends to like them,and what I did know about them was not very impressive, so I chose Angela just because she never gave Bella any grief....and 2. Maybe a little more action should have been added to the story...I kept waiting for something scary to happen...and it finally did get there....I think maybe the authur could have had alittle more suspenseful action added in the story. Overall though I loved the love story...and I usually stere clear from romance books....but this story was beautiful. ...more