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..."
Review: I was super skeptical about this book, because most of the things we are required to read (I regret to admit) aren't a whole lot interesting. I can see their value and the reasons for why they are classics and all, but I don't usually fall in love with any of them.
This was definitely different. I actually didn't have to force myself to read it and finished it before it was due in class. That is how much I loved this book. The characters are mostly all young English school boys stranded on an island during a world nuclear war. Their characterization is multi-faceted, but also very representative and obvious as who they are meant to be if in the world. My favorite character was definitely Simon.
The book was fairly short, but full of action and power plays and adventure. I was amazed at how powerful the writing was and how I just connected so well with some of the characters especially, Piggy. It is my favorite classic so far and you should read it too!
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