Lord of the Flies
William Golding (Adult Fiction)
Tragedy strikes when a plane carrying English schoolboys crashes onto an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. Lacking adult supervision, they eagerly welcome the adventure that awaits them.
“This is our island. It’s a good island. Until the grownups come to fetch us we’ll have fun.”
Their elation soon turns to discontent as rules are quickly established to maintain a semblance of order. Soon, their tight-knit group breaks into factions and their once carefree lifestyle is threatened while they wait and hope for rescue.
This book will leave you unnerved and emotionally raw as you watch this group’s slow descent into moral depravity and eventual savagery. Absent the presence of an actual authoritative figure, these boys suffer no negative consequences and slip into traits which come naturally to them: frivolity, disobedience, and indifference. Desperate for structure and stability, they will follow any strong and decisive leader—regardless of how corrupt or destructive this person may be.
Golding masterfully lures us deep into a place full of wonder, mystery, and danger, and his attention to detail is as lush as the forest he describes. He slowly builds tension and suspense, which ultimately culminates in a heart-stopping, gut-wrenching, and unforgettable climax. Perhaps the most disturbing and frightening aspect of this book, published in 1954, is not its plausibility, but its lurking inevitability.
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