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“I read this book as a member of the It’s the End of the World As We
Know It Book Club. We’re combining with the Required Reading Revisited
Book Club this month to discuss Lord of the Flies. So, I approached it
attempting to tease out the themes of the cataclysmic crash that
stranded the characters there, their attempts at survival, the
individuals and their personal vs. political persona’s, and how those
characters represent the different parts and view points of the society
they’re trying to rebuild. There’s also this great symbolic or
supernatural aspect of it with the ‘Lord of the Flies’ in the book.
There’s a lot to this small book. The thesis of the ITEOTWASKI Book Club
is to compare books to Stephen King’s The Stand and see how it holds up. This book holds up really well.”
A Casebook Edition containing the full text of LORD OF THE FLIES, plus notes and critical essays
The material in this casebook edition of one of the most widely read novels of our time includes not only the full text of LORD OF THE FLIES, but also statements by William Golding about the novel, reminisces of Golding by his brother, an appreciation of the novel by E.M. Forster, and a number of critical essays from various points of vierw. Included are psychological, religious, and literary approaches by noted scholars and studies of the novel's relation to earlier works, as well as to other writings by Golding. The editors have also included bibliographical material and explanatory notes.
Edited by James R. Baker and Arthur P. Ziegler, Jr.
About the Author
Born in Cornwall, England, in 1911 and educated at Oxford University, William Gerald Golding's first book, Poems, was published in 1935. Following a stint in the Royal Navy and other diversions during and after World War II, Golding wrote Lord of the Flies while teaching school. This was the first of several novels including Pincher Martin, Free Fall, and The Inheritors and a play, The Brass Butterfly, which led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983.
"Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years." —Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games
"As exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking now as it was when Golding published it in 1954." —Stephen King
"The most influential novel...since Salinger's Catcher in the Rye." —Time
"This brilliant work is a frightening parody on man's return (in a few weeks) to that state of darkness from which it took him thousands of years to emerge. Fully to succeed, a fantasy must approach very close to reality. Lord of the Flies does. It must also be superbly written. It is." —The New York Times Book Review
"Sparely and elegantly written...Lord of the Flies is a grim anti-pastoral in which adults are disguised as children who replicate the worst of their elders' heritage of ignorance, violence, and warfare." —Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books