Writer: William Golding
Publisher: Perigee Book by Penguin (2006)
Pages: 208 p
Bought at: Barnes & Noble LA (USD 6,95)
In the brink of a world war, a plane full of British schoolboys crashed into a deserted island, leaving them without any adults at sight. At first, this seemed like a paradise for them – no teachers or parents to tell them what to do, playing all day long with ocean gleaming in the background.
But after a while, things became really sour. There were rumors circling about a mysterious beast in the island, there was a boy who really wanted to be a leader and formed his own tribal group, using cruel ways to reach his goals. And to make it more difficult, no rescue seemed to come their way. Slowly the boys started to behave like wild people. And things were getting really chaotic.
First I thought this book was an ordinary adventure story. But turned out this is a perfect allegory about humanity, natural behavior, and the true enemy of mankind: the devil inside ourselves. Each boy in the story represents something: true leadership and democracy, logic, kindness and sacrificing, power and even cruelty. This is a book with great symbols but still have a marvelous plot and incredible narration. The tension is high and sometimes you forget that this book contains a really heavy message, since the story reminds you a lot with LOST TV series or Treasure Island book.
I really wish I have read this book during my school days. If you want to know more about the symbols in this book, please visit this site. But make sure that you already read the book, otherwise you will find too many spoilers! =)
Hint: Lord of The Flies is a literal English translation of Beelzebub, a demonic figure considered similar with Satan. So don’t expect to find any flies in the book! =D