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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Lord of the Flies

The novel Lord of the Flies written by the Nobel prize winner writer William Golding received recognition in the Modern Library Best 100 Novels list. The book also received attention by the Time Magazine for the exceptional writing and narrative in the form of prose or verse.

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Author: William Golding

Genre: Allegorical                                                   

Pages: 222

Good reads rating: 3.67 of 5

My Rating: 6.8 of 10

Published: 2003 (Reissue)

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Lord of The Flies

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This novel presented the very first writing of William Golding in 1954. This book took place amid an unspecified war. William wrote this book in the counterpart of R. M. Ballantyne’s youth novel, namely The Coral Island, and in his counterpart, he mentioned some references taken from his novel.

The story of this novel revolves around a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their ways to survive. In the wartime’s midst, an aeroplane crashes on or near an isolated island near the Pacific ocean. Two characters display in the book with the names Ralph and Piggy. They discovered a conch from whom they blew the horn so that someone would hear them and come to their rescue.

They focused on one of the three things Ralph told them one is to have fun, second is to survive and third is to constantly make smoke signals by which it can assist with rescuing them. A boy named Jack organises them into a hunting party which will provide food sources to the whole group. Later, Ralph, Jack and Simon dominated the group, but Ralph remained the ultimate authority in that group. Every boy in the group becomes assigned with respective responsibility.

The fear of being on an isolated island makes them worried, especially when they noticed a beast on the mountain. Only Simon could find out the truth about the noticed beast. He discovered that the beast became hidden in each boy’s psyche.

The boys caught Ralph, who became their main suspect. They set the forest on fire so they get some distraction from Ralph. The fire creates a ton of smoke, and it draws the attention of ships passing by as they direct their way to the island. A naval officer arrived in their rescue at the same time he saved Ralph from his fellow mates. The boys turned into savages who wanted to kill Ralph.

Final Say on Lord of The Flies

This novel is the anticipation of the writer’s experience he possesses in real life. It reflects his worldview in the shape of his cultural and psychological background. I rate this book: 6.8 out of 10. Would I re-read this novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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