Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies
by Arthur Golding
1954 / 203 pages / Kindle
Rating – 9

I don’t know how I never managed to read this book before.  Dad was an English teacher and used this in his classes – no matter.  I kind of knew the story so it was an easy read – nevertheless it was gripping because although I knew the ending,  I didn’t know the innards – How the boys got from point A to point C.

Ralph, Jack, Piggy, Simon, Eric & Samuel and an unspecified number of other boys find themselves stranded on an island somewhere in the South Pacific during a large-scale war. There are no adults.  They try to establish order and priorities with the help of Piggy’s glasses (for a fire) and a conch shell (for leadership and speaking).   Ralph and Jack compete for leadership with Ralph feeling that a signal fire is most important while Jack feels food and hunting are primary.  Piggy supports Ralph.   A split in the group eventually results in a a very brutal island war.  I found comparisons to Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.


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