Controversial and thought-provoking, Lord of the Flies is a compelling allegory on human civilization and what happens in the absence of societal order.
When a plane carrying British war evacuees crashes on a remote tropical island and leaves a group of young schoolboys as the only survivors, the events that unfold afterward are both provocative and chilling. After escaping the wreckage of the plane the boys initially attempt to maintain some sense of order so as to survive and hopefully be rescued. However freed from the constraints of society and its attendant rules the boys quickly divide into warring factions with chaos, violence and paranoia becoming the order of the day.
Originally published in 1954, Lord of the Flies was William Golding's first novel. It is widely acknowledged as a modern classic in English literature and was even included by the editors of TIME magazine in their list of the 100 top English-language novels. The novel is required reading in many of the world's top schools and educational institutions.
William Golding’s classic novel of primitive savagery and
survival is one of the most vividly realized and riveting works in modern
fiction. The tale begins after a plane wreck deposits a group of English school
boys, aged six to twelve on an isolated tropical island. Their struggle to
survive and impose order quickly evolves from a battle against nature into a
battle against their own primitive instincts. Golding’s portrayal of the
collapse of social order into chaos draws the fine line between innocence and
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