Sunday, February 3, 2013

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

"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."

Ahem. Sorry about this. I honestly didn't know what else to do, seeing as all the books I've read this week are advance copies and would do you no good whatsoever to review. Hence, you get my English book. There'll be a modern book next week, though, I promise. Anyway, although like any other assigned reading I wasn't the biggest fan of the book, it had its merits. One thing I noticed right off was the descriptions and use of visuals, that seemed amazingly spot-on and were the type that you could use to create a perfect picture in your head. There was also a fair bit of new vocabulary that I had to look up, which I always like. The actual reading of the book wasn't too enjoyable--it was a very guy-like, violent mentality--but I was interested by some of the parallels it causes you to inevitably draw. It wasn't one of the worst classics I've read, but it's not my favorite either. I'd say read this one if you're set on it, but if you're looking for just a basic classic I'd choose To Kill A Mockingbird over this one any day. It's at SHS, Mt. Edgecumbe, BMS, and Kettleson. Basically all the libraries.

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