Sunday, 4 November 2012

Book Review #3: Lord of the Flies





Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Book review by Alyssa L.

Lord of the Flies is a classic book that was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Literature.  After a devastating plane crash, a group of British schoolboys discover themselves on a deserted island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  Worst of all, there are no adults to be found.  Without supervision, the boys create an organized civilization with Ralph, a fair-haired boy, as the chief.  With a blow of the conch shell, the boys are able to maintain order. All of the boys collaborate to build shelters and light a fire to create a smoke signal.  Everything falls apart when one of the boys named Jack, decides to go hunting instead of tending to the fire. To make matters worse, a rescue ship passes by while the fire is extinguished. As a result, a battle for leadership between Jack and Ralph begins.  Jack promotes a more savage-like, violent attitude, while Ralph takes the side of responsibilities. What will happen to the group as they battle to survive?
Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a timeless piece of literature that makes a deep statement about humanity. The author explores the theme of loss of innocence. When the boys first arrive on the island, they are innocent and carefree.  During their struggles for survival, they experience death for the first time.  Life is more than just a game to them now, and they learn they must adapt to the new reality of living in the wilderness.  In the opening chapters, the reader is left questioning what is happening, but the author does leave clues so that the reader can unravel details about where and what is taking place.  Also, there are almost too many characters, and the only thing you know about them is their name and minor details about them. Although there were downsides to the book, Lord of the Flies engaged me throughout and let my imagination to predict what was going to happen next.  The fast moving pace and realistic description was packed into every paragraph leaving vivid images in my head.  Each chapter has good flow and captivated me.  I would recommend this book to an older audience because of the coarse language and the dark, disturbing content.

2 comments:

  1. Hello there, I really liked your introduction paragraph. When I read "Everything falls apart when one of the boys named Jack, decides to go hunting instead of tending to the fire. To make matters worse, a rescue ship passes by while the fire is extinguished.", I knew this would be a cool book to look into. Good job on stating the theme...and just a quick question, how did you find the theme?

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  2. Wow! This was amazing! Your summary paragraph hooked me, and I haven't even started the book yet! I have heard of this book before, but I never gave it much thought. Now I want to read it! I think that your critique paragraph had a lot of moving thing as well. Great work!

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