Lord of the Flies Review

Lord Of The FliesTitle: Lord of the Flies

Author: William Golding

Pages: 202

Format: Paperback

Finished: 3/2/13

Source: Bought on Amazon

ISBN: 9780140283334

 

Excerpt from Goodreads:

William Golding’s compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first it seems as though it is all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious and life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death. As ordinary standards of behaviour collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them—the world of cricket and homework and adventure stories—and another world is revealed beneath, primitive and terrible. Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought and literature.

Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a true classic.

*I was required to read this book for my Literary Theories class.

Initial Thoughts:

Aside from knowing that most students will, at some point during their academic careers, be required to read this novel, I had no idea what it was about. For some reason I was under the assumption that it was about a war and it had an Animal Farm thing going, and I took Lord of the flies a little too literally. I thought he was actually creating an army of flies… In some ways, I wish that was what the story had been about. Maybe it would’ve been more interesting.

 Spoilers!

This story deals with young school aged boys. They get trapped on an island and figure out how to survive. I wish I could say that was where the story picked up but it never did. I found the book to be depressing at times but other than that uninteresting.

What surprises me, is on the back cover is a quote from Stephen King. He says, “Lord of the Flies (is my selection for the book that changed my life) because it is both a story with a message and because it is a great tale of adventure. My advice about reading is to do a lot of it.” With the exception of the last part of his quote I just don’t get it. Great tale of adventure? Little kids running around an island trying to kill anything that moves definitely is not my idea of an adventure.

I do think that this book serves its purpose in my class though. It is the perfect story to dissect and look at from many different perspectives and through the eyes of many different literary theorists, but as a novel to read just for fun, it was lacking the fun.

Conclusion:

I’m sorry to say it but I disliked this novel. I don’t understand why there is hype about it and why it is taught so often in English classes, unless for the sole purpose of looking at it critically. The story didn’t entertain me, it was actually something that if I saw it happen in real life I would prefer to look away from it. It was the opposite of a train wreck you can’t stop staring it. It was like being the babysitter to the infamous toddler Chucky.

I don’t mean to offend anyone by this review and if you had a different experience while reading this book please leave a comment below. I’d love to pick the brain of someone who actual enjoyed this book. Maybe I was reading it wrong…if there is such a thing.

 Rating:

disappointed, didn't live up to the hype. two nerd glasses

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6 responses to “Lord of the Flies Review

  1. Aw I’m sorry you didn’t like this one. I agree that the story on its own isn’t that fascinating, though I did find the themes and the characters fun to discuss in class. The book acts as a testament to the capability of evil even in children and thus the inherent dark side of mankind. Not my favorite classic but one of the better ones in my opinion… hope your next read is better!

    • I definitely saw that theme of evil, which is part of the reason why I didn’t like it. It was unsettling in a way knowing that the scenarios in the book reflect human society but other than that I was bored. What I find interesting, and I don’t mean to sound sexist, is that all the girls I’ve talked to disliked the book and all the guys I talked to either liked it or simply did not dislike it.

  2. I actually haven’t made myself read this one yet. I’ve heard that it is very depressing so yeah… not really my thing. Sorry you’re disappointed, don’t you hate that!?

    • Yeah it did get depressing so I don’t blame you. I would’ve been more disappointed if I decided to read this on my own, but luckily I can just think of it as a book I had to read for school.

      • Yeah, I read Dante’s Inferno on my own and it didn’t live up to the hype for me, sadly!! I really wanted it to! And that one I read on my own.

      • I read a few chapters of that for another class I’m taking and I can understand how that one, in its entirety, could be disappointing. I think it definitely works better in small chunks but I have no plans to continue reading it in the future. Kudos to you for completing it.

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