#33 Lord of the Flies – William Golding


Lord of the Flies


William Golding


Science Fiction, Dystopian







Title (Original)

Lord of the Flies

Year of Publication




Short Description & Notes

Lord of the Flies is a book about a group of small boys who found themselves lost on an island and have to manage their own survival. They create rules and live by them happily for a while but soon after an animal instinct starts rising in some of them. The story unfolds, creating a battle between reason and instinct, making us think about what defines us as human begins.

“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.” – Goodreads: Lord of the Flies

Remarkable Quotes

“We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?”

“What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?”

Fun Facts

Twenty publishers rejected the book.

William Golding was awarded to The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1983.

This book has two movie adaptions, the first was relased in 1963 and the other in 1990.

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