Friday, July 25, 2014

Fiction Friday: Lord of the flies


Lord of the flies by William Golding 

"The thing is - fear can't hurt you any more than a dream" - Jack Merridew in Lord of the Flies
                                                 
A plane crashes on an uninhabited 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.

William Golding's first novel gave the traditional adventure story an ironic, devastating twist. The boys' delicate sense of order fades, and their childish fears are transformed into something deeper and more primitive. 

Their games take on a horrible significance, and before long the well-behaved party of schoolboys has turned into a tribe of faceless, murderous savages.

"Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy."                 

First published in 1954, Lord of the Flies is now recognized as a classic, one of the most celebrated of all modern novels.

In 1963, Peter Brook directed the movie based on Lord of Flies and in 1990 another movie was created under the direction of Harry Hook.

For more reviews and quotes, visit these websites:
Kirkus Review
The New York Times