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Lord Of The Flies Book Review
A Controversial and Frightening but Brilliant Novel
Lord of the Flies was compulsory reading for me during early high school and I found it highly disturbing. It was one of those frightening but mesmerizing reads where you don't like what is happening but have to turn the page to see what happens next. It is a book you don't forget.
It was the first novel of British author William Golding and tells the tale of a group of schoolboys whose plane crashes on a deserted island, with no adult survivors. At first they work as a team doing their best to survive, finding food, building shelters and keeping a signal fire going so they can be rescued.
Order begins to break down as some of the boys would rather play, swim and hunt for wild pigs than do "work." The natural leader Ralph , and his chubby pal Piggy (whose thick glasses are used to light fires) are soon challenged by the leader of the pig hunters, Jack.
The story masterfully leads you through the downward slide from well-behaved school children into savages, as the situation deteriorates and the children begin to hunt each other. It is an expertly crafted novel of the bestial and destructive instincts that are just below the surface, and a compelling but disturbing read.
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The book was originally published in 1953, so there are lots of different versions with different covers. It is available in paperback, hardback and as a Kindle edition.
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The novel has been made into a film twice. The 1963 version by Peter Brook is far more faithful to the book than the later 1990 version by Harry Hook. There was also a 1976 Filipino version.
Amazon instant video of the 1990 movie version starring Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh and Danuel Pipoly.
Amazon instant video of the 1963 movie version starring James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards and Roger Elwin.
DVD of the 1990 movie version starring Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh and Danuel Pipoly.
DVD of the 1963 movie version starring James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards and Roger Elwin.
Blu-ray of the 1963 movie version starring James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards and Roger Elwin.
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Let me know how you feel about this book - did you find it disturbing too?