Saturday, September 11, 2010

Lord of the Flies - $8.99

Lord of the Flies
William Golding's classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling & relevant today as when it was 1st published in 1954. At 1st, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters & maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, "the boy with fair hair," & Piggy, Ralph's chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Altho Ralph tries to impose order & delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who'd rather swim, play or hunt the island's wild pig population. Soon Ralph's rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he & Piggy have become the hunted: "He forgot his words, his hunger & thirst, & became fear; hopeless fear on flying feet." Golding's gripping novel explores the boundary between human reason & animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of adolescent competition.--Jennifer Hubert (

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