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.