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Lord of the Flies by William Golding
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Oct 22, 09

bookshelves: 2009, 1001-books
Read in October, 2009

Having watched an awful play of this 10 years ago I had no intention of reading this book until a friend recommended it, having felt herself that it was worthy of 4 stars. I must admit that I found it very interesting and read through quickly and eagerly.
The social group changes that occur throughout this book would be a great insight for any sociology or psychology student, and for that reason worth a read. Golding demonstrates the goodness and darkness of human nature in both an understanding and harrowing way. However, the book just didn't have enough depth for me. I found that instead of looking to the underlying reasons for social change, I was reverting to simplyly hating and wanting to 'sort out' some of the characters. Also, I felt that the ending was rushed through, with certain characters not being given the justice so deserved.
Maybe I do sound now like one of the books characters, and maybe I should believe they were only children scared and alone. However, if this was to be the case then I think that Golding should have gone more into their own personal lives before the crash, and given me something 'ideal' to hold on to.

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