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Lord of the Flies by William Golding
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bookshelves: adventure, bullying, dystopian, young-adult, murder, books-for-guys
Read from November 24 to 26, 2012

Surprisingly, I had never read this book despite it being required reading in high school and probably in an undergrad English course. I know I read the Spark Notes at some point and the story always seemed pretty cool to me. It has been sitting on my bookshelf for the past 10+ years so I finally decided to read it since it's only about 200 pages.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I think the premise is excellent and really quite interesting, especially with the characters being young boys and all (although in the same token the symbolism there is a little too obvious, but ok). I can see why this book is an award winner and a classic strictly based on the idea.

HOWEVER...

I have issues with the following:

1. The lack of characterization. Golding really seemed to rely on archetypes for his characters, and that was really boring. Piggy was the most characterized, but he was also pitiful and I kind of hated that. Otherwise, all we know is that Jack is an asshole and Ralph means well and the rest of the boys are followers. Also, too many names for so few important characters. I had a hard time keeping up with all these random kids. Still trying to figure out who Bill was...

2. The lengthy prose. I seriously felt like I was reading Thoreau or some antebellum piece of literary terror. Too much description of scenery and irrelevant things in general. I had a hard time getting through parts of this book because of the language, especially after the amount of contemporary lit I've been reading. And despite all that "description" I still had a hard time imagining the setting. Hmmm.

3. The ending. If you want to make a huge point about how man is truly savage WHY are the boys rescued at the pinnacle of the story?! I felt like the story had to be wrapped up nice and neat because after all, these were just boys "playing war." Lame. Jack should have totally died somehow.

Oh, and how in the hell did these kids get a knife?

Anyway, I wouldn't recommend this book, but I do respect it for what it is and understand why it should be required reading in some sense. 3 stars--just ok.
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William Golding
“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.”
William Golding, Lord of the Flies


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