June 2012 Guest Editor Joanne Harris on Lord of the Flies...
I first read this when I was ten. It terrified and fascinated me. It still does.
The Lovereading view...
William Golding’s iconic and enduring novel is interesting in many ways. Firstly it was a debut book and secondly it was rejected by numerous publishers and editors before it was picked up off the ‘slush-pile’ by a young editor at Faber and Faber.
More than 50 years later the schoolboys to savages story is still a relevant, disturbing and shocking comment on the human condition.
A plane crashes on a desert island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast. As the boys' delicate sense of order fades, so their childish dreams are transformed into something more primitive, and their behaviour starts to take on a murderous, savage significance. First published in 1954, Lord of the Flies is one of the most celebrated and widely read of modern classics.
Publication date: 04/08/2011
Publisher: Faber and Faber
|Publication date:||4th August 2011|
|Publisher:||Faber and Faber|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Classic fiction (pre c 1945),|
William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911 and was educated at Marlborough Grammar School and at Brasenose College, Oxford. Before he became a schoolmaster he was an actor, a lecturer, a small-boat sailor and a musician. A now rare volume, Poems, appeared in 1934. In 1940 he joined the Royal Navy and saw action against battleships, submarines and aircraft. He was present at the sinking of the Bismarck. He finished the war as a Lieutenant in command of a rocket ship, which was off the French coast for the D-day invasion, and later at the island of Welcheren. After the war he ...More About William Golding