Ever-Changing Reflection

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding... It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility.
~ Kahlil Gibran

Sunday, February 27, 2011

"Lord of the Flies" Review

Lord of the Flies (50th Anniversary Edition)Lord of the Flies by William Golding

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh my gosh. I had never read this book in school growing up, so I wanted to read it now, since it's considered a classic. It gripped me until the end, which I wasn't expecting. I can't say I loved it, but it was a good social commentary for sure.

The first three quarters of the book were to be expected; a story about what a group of young boys would do if they were stranded on an island by themselves. The last quarter, however, shocked me. I anticipated something awful based on the title and what I've already heard about the book, but I don't think anybody can prepare themselves for this. Golding masterfully draws his readers in and forms relationships between the reader and the characters.

In the modern world of tragic events, I think we've numbed ourselves a bit to protect us from the horror, but you will still be horrified at the events that take place in this book when the rules of society fall apart.

If you didn't read this book in high school, I would recommend picking it up now -- just for the sake of reading it once.

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Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

I haven't read this since high school!!

Anonymous said...

I didn't read this in high school either, so maybe I'll take your suggestion and check it out now!

My favorite high school reads were Pride & Prejudice and Catcher in the Rye.

Dorkys Ramos said...

Hmm, okay if you say so! I also slipped through the cracks and managed to get this far without being required to read it. I went through a "let me read all the books I missed in high school & college" phase myself about seven years ago: Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, Brave New World. SO good! I was actually happy required readings and school assignments didn't ruin them for me.

I still have to read Catch 22 and now I'll add this one to the list.

Pam said...

I read this book last year with my daughter as part of a school assignment. I was blown away by it. It is such an amazing book. It's well worth reading or re-reading. Glad you enjoyed it.