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Wondering whether Lord of the Flies by William Golding is worth your time? This Lord of the

When a group of schoolboys are stranded on a desert island, what could go wrong?

By day, they discover fantastic wildlife and dazzling beaches, learning to survive; at night, they are haunted

Orphaned by society, it isn’t long before their innocent childhood games devolve into a savage, murderous

I first read this in my mid-twenties and wish I had studied this at school, which is

But don’t let the young ensemble lead you into thinking this is a children’s book

Lord of the Flies is a lot darker than I imagined and I was horrified at some

At first, the young boys attempt to mimic an orderly adult society on the island

But without any adults to supervise them, the boys begin to become violent, cruel and brutal in

And trust me when I say the ending really is just that – savage

Although Lord of the Flies is a relatively simple tale, Golding’s writing is rich and the

This story aims to show how savage humans can be when left to their own devices and

Golding reminds us that we all have the capacity for darkness and cruelty

And it’s haunting because it’s clear that this could so easily happen in the society

It also poses the interesting political question of democracy vs authoritarianism

It’s well worth a read and really quite readable as classics go

Reading this book is also important so that you understand some Lord of the Flies references that

“The thing is – fear can’t hurt you any more than a dream

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