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Lord of the Flies (1 Viewer)

Iorek Brynison

Senior Member
My friend recommended me a book called Lord of the Flies by Williams Golden. He won the nobel literature award so I decided to read it. I got to around page 60 of the book and found it really really dull. There was no plot at all except for a bunch of kids hunting for pigs.

Did any of you guys read the book? Does it get better at the end?
 

bobothegoat

Senior Member
Lord of the Flies is full of symbolism, so you have to pay careful attention to understand everything. And yes, it does get more exciting towards the end. I don't want to spoil the ending, but pigs aren't the only thing they kill...
 

Talia_Brie

Senior Member
It's a genuine classic, one that should be read by most people. There are only a few books like this in my opinion.

Democracy just doens't work.
 

Capulet

Senior Member
Democracy is a horrible way to run a country, but it's the best of all the options. =p (Paraphrased from someone, sue me.)

Lord of the Flies is a great book, and yes it's full of symbolism. You need to read the whole book, and then reread it, knowing what's going to happen. The second read you'll find an appreciation for the foreshadowing, and a greater sense of what he's trying to accomplish.

Worth the read for sure, if only for a look at a very rich and unique writing style.
 
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Deskbythewindow

I had to read Lord of The Flies in high school. It was a fast and easy read, and although it brings up some interesting points, I didn't like it. I found it dull and not particularily entertaining. Not something I'd read again. Makes me wonder why it gets the praise that it does.
 

Smurf Mamita

Senior Member
Horrible. Hated that book...

but I had to force myself to read it. I guess it has somewhat of a good message. I still hate it.
 
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euphi

I read the book about a year ago out of interest. I remember I thought it was pretty interesting, I suppose most books you have to give at least 100 pages before you put down ..
If I remember correctly, the underlying theme related to the futility of democracy (the conch shell was a symbol) and the rise of anarchy/barbarism.
 

Baalam

Member
I read it in english class, and yea it can be dull, but the themes of human nature and biblical ideas are brought across really well. The symbolism is what you have to look out for. I think its more interesting when studied, rather than read for purely for entertainment.
 
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Madness

I, like alot of you, read the LOTF for english class. Schools love the book because Golding did fill it so full of metaphors, symbolism, archetypes, and pretty much any other example of english terminology. Perfect to teach kids with (though personally I suspect that sometimes teachers just look really hard and find some that aren't actually there.)

Ironically I happened to find my grade 9 copy of LOTF in my closet just a couple weeks ago, and now it's sitting on my desk with alot of my other skimming books two years later.

Anyway, as to the book itself, I really really liked Golding's plot, it's structure and how the story unfolds. Unfortantly I don't much like his style of writing and so it's not one of my favorite reads though many educated readers would probably disagree with me on that.

- Madness
 

~*little_minx*~

Senior Member
i had to watch this movie in like year 8 (thats 13) and my whole class were seriously wiggin' at the yucky rock on head bit... eeeew
 

European_Son

Senior Member
I tried to read it when I was 12 and failed. I thought it was dull.

I then gave it another go when I was 16 and absolutely loved it. I had the whole book visualled in my mind, it was vivid and interesting and I thought the symbolism gave it an extra boost.

So yep, I really like it, although I'm thankful I didn't have to study it like some of my peers did. The education system tends to suck all the fun out of books.
 

spirituous

Senior Member
I thought it was a good read. You really have to appreciate metaphors and symbolism to like it though. In case you missed the main point in the novel, it's that every person has a darkness inside of them. The monster is us. Nice, huh?
 

trina

Member
I found Lord Of the Flies a raw and crude book well written with good imagery throughout
quite a blast and very enjoyable.
 

Kane

Senior Member
It's not really the form of government that is faulty, it's the fact that it has humans running it. With a benevolent, infallible leader, any government would be acceptable, adversely, there is no government that is not susceptible to the fallibility of humans.
 
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aaden

Iorek Brynison said:
My friend recommended me a book called Lord of the Flies by Williams Golden. He won the nobel literature award so I decided to read it. I got to around page 60 of the book and found it really really dull. There was no plot at all except for a bunch of kids hunting for pigs.

Did any of you guys read the book? Does it get better at the end?

i loved this book.

the first half was, in my opinion, dreadfully boring - but the ending does make this worthwhile. whoever said it was symbolic is incredibly correct, everything is a symbol for everything else. x3 i liked it so much.
 

LoneWolf

Senior Member
Mixed feelings...at the beginning I was confused because there were too many boys just showing up and it was boring...just eating and conch shell madness. Then, towards the end it got really good. Lots of symbolism, kind of creepy. But in the end, I loved it. One of my faves now. It's kind of like Animal Farm if anyone's read that. That book is genius...scary too.
 
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