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5.0 étoiles sur 5 “Don’t trust anyone over 30…” 22 août 2016
Par John P. Jones III - Publié sur Amazon.com
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… was one of the battle cries of the ‘60’s, when I first read this work, probably as a school assignment. Back then, a certain segment of youth was enamored with the idea that the purity of their idealism would correct many, if not all the world’s ills, caused primarily by corrupt adults. It was one more version of “building the new Soviet man.” At times, I shared those sentiments. A decade earlier, William Golding wrote this novel that didn’t see it that way. No surprise, I suppose, if one had only thought about it “logically.” The corruption of all too many over 30 was simply part of the aging process, since they were corrupt under 30… as many of that youthful counterculture leadership would prove to be.

William Golding would win the Nobel Prize for Literature primarily due to this work, which was originally published in 1954. So often Introductions detract from the main work. Not so in this case. Stephen King has written one of the most memorable ones. It is brief, and describes his childhood reading in Maine. He had read many of the standard “uplifting” books for the young, like the “Hardy Boys.” Eventually he realized that real kids don’t act the way they are depicted in these uplifting tales. He wanted to read a realistic account of what kids do. When the library Bookmobile came to town, he asked the librarian. She pulled this book out of the adult section, with the admonition that he should never tell the source; he had simply found it on his own.

British school boys – and it is only boys – crash in an airplane on a deserted island. The adults are killed, only the school boys remain. They commence to organize themselves. They use a simple conch as a symbol of authority. They hold an election as to who should be a leader. They determine they really are on an island, and realize they must generate smoke in order to attract the attention of any ship that may be passing, in order to be rescued. That’s the rational action part.

Golding was a school teacher when he wrote this novel, so he knew all too well the cliques that kids will form, the bullying of the weaker and the outliers, and yes, the just plain nastiness of kids, some of whom would one day point a presumptive finger at their elders. The “good” kid, the one the reader would like to identify with, is Ralph. But right from the beginning, Golding shows his “feet of clay.” It is a painful re-read at times. Who does not remember the “not cool” overweight kid, who might be asthmatic, with thick glasses? Who would be this kid’s friend? In Golding’s novel, this kid reveals to Ralph that his name in school was “piggy,” and begs him not to tell the others. Ralph does, in a senseless act of cruelty.

And it is downhill from there. Two main factions develop. Fears of the unknown haunt the dreams and the waking periods of the youths. A faction of the school boys evolve to be the hunters, in search of the meat of pigs. Satiating natural hunger degenerates in savagery and blood lust… and the killing of their own kind. It is in our genes is what Golding was saying, as I also saw confirmed in the ‘60’s.

Golding’s work is still apparently a school assignment, based on the number of reviews (including the silly 1-stars). It remains a very well-written “action tale” with a strong moral message about our essential genes that quietly rebuke those “new age” aspirations. I found it better, and definitely more understandable the second time around. 5-stars.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Beast Inside 26 avril 2016
Par DantheMan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Do you ever wonder what is wrong with the world? How could anyone not!? The most rudimentary glance at the condition of the things around us will reveal that humanity is a total wreck: Terrorism, crime, genuine bigotry, greed--let's just say are all not collectively hurting for time on the news cycle. Everywhere we look another atrocity further desensitizes us to its evil, and the recent memory of the bloody 20th century only adds evidence to the fact that things are bad here.

But everyone knows things are bad here. The question is: why is it this way?

William Golding's famous "Lord of the Flies" I believe seeks to answer that question. The story begins curious enough with a sizeable number of English boys ranging from ages 6-12 are trapped on a coral island. There are no adults, and the island is relatively livable as there is fruit a plenty and pigs for meat. Innocently enough, the boys begin their captivity by electing the charismatic and likeable Ralph to lead their democratic society. There are rules: the boys need shelter, they need food, the need water--but perhaps most importantly the boys need to maintain a smoke signal if they are to have any hope of escape. Things are all well and good.

But how this book begins is not how it ends, as talk of a mysterious beast propels the boys into the shackles of fear. Things start to fall apart. Order crumbles. Brutal pig hunts find success. Division ensues. And before you know it, the good English schoolboys that began on the island are as forgotten as the memories of home. One perceptive youth on the island suggests: "Maybe it's (the beast) only us."

Golding's classic surely garners another reading from myself as its sociological and political implications are abundant. But perhaps more revealing to me is Golding's profound commentary on humanity--or what is within humanity at its deepest core. His conclusions are not flattering. Though it may be cloaked by laws and restrained by culture, the crux of "Lord of the Flies" is emphatic: The beast is inside each of us. The evil is us. And when it is exposed it is not pretty.

Golding's understanding of humanity is grisly and disturbing, but his case is made and his point is taken. "What is wrong with the world" you ask? Perhaps Golding would agree with G.K. Chesterton's famous reply: "I am."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Tale of Human Behavior and Crying Children 5 mai 2016
Par Daniel J. Kazmierski - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Lord of the Flies begins with a plane crash on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean, killing the pilot and scattering a group of British school children. Two boys named Ralph and ‘Piggy’ meet up on the beach, creating a subtle connection lasting throughout the majority of the novel and causing them to work together in search for any other survivors. By using a conch found in the water, Ralph is able to call all the other survivors to their location at the beach. Jack arrives while leading his group of survivors, forming a sense of intimidation and authority in his character among the other children. Brewing tensions between Ralph, Piggy, and Jack guide the plot as differences in opinions and ideas begin constant arguments and disagreements. Jack’s reluctance to abide by the others’ orders involving improvements to the camp, such as building shelters and keeping the fire burning, prevents any progress in their relationships. As the novel continues, readers observe the loss of innocence of the boys as some of them commit acts that may seem unjustifiable, presenting the unavoidable aspects of human nature.
I thought that this was an excellent book that gives readers an insight on human behavior but does so through a very interesting and entertaining story. I did not feel that this was a book that I had to get through in order to learn the moral of the story; the theme seemed to be always clearly at work among the characters and their actions. However, it was very cool to observe how the book began with all these innocent children trying to figure out what they can do to survive on the island, and then ended with acts of savagery and ruthlessness committed by these same children. The author perfectly summarizes this change in one of the last lines of the book: “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” (Golding 202). This, in my opinion, was the most interesting aspect of the novel. The setting, conflict, and characters all had a role in spurring this rapid change in mindset among the kids. It was almost as if the things that happened were bound to happen. No matter who it was on the island, human nature will inevitably play a role in determining their actions, thoughts, and ideas.
William Golding does an unbelievable job in inciting this type of thinking and reasoning through the text. Lord of the Flies makes readers think differently in regards to the natural behavior or response of humans in certain circumstances. An important idea to understand in this book is that the eventual behavior by the children was unexpected yet should have been expected. Most readers would not likely finish reading the first couple of chapters and think that these kids were going to do what they did. However, in a situation like the one that they were in, how could someone think that they would continue to act in a civilized, appropriate manner? This type of thinking that the author invokes is the reason why I think every human being should have the chance to read Lord of the Flies.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 As With Many "Classics" I Think This One Is Over-Rated 18 février 2015
Par Michael Walter - Publié sur Amazon.com
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35 years after having to read this book for an English class in High School I figured I'd give it another try. I remember not liking it then and I only liked it slightly more this time. Sure there's some crisp writing (there's also surprisingly some awkward writing like how many times Golding uses the word "presently") and the tension around the shifting loyalty of the group from Ralph as chief to Jack as warlord is interesting, still I just don't see why this book is in the pantheon of English literature. But then again I felt that way about "On The Road". And I know everyone's immediate answer was that it was shocking or revealing for its time but think great art needs to stand the test of time and not just shine in its moment.

When judged as an all time great I think Flies falls short. If you read it as just another novel with a message about our society I guess it's ok.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Shocking read for its time. 13 décembre 2013
Par Michael Cast - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This tale of a group of educated young English boys stranded on an island and their slow decent into savagery was, I imagine, quite horrifying in its day. The thought of such fine Britain youth becoming blood thirsty savages while a few tried to remain "Human" in just a few months must have really been thought of in only the realm of the utter fantastically impossible. At one point, one child even goes so far as to say: " we are English after all, and we're the best at everything, hey what?" Well, I'm not the best at book reviews, so I'll just leave this one with a thought. ...Imagine what a today's type remake of this particular movie ( with Zombies, and Vampires, and , Lycans and even shark tornadoes running loose) would be like? But seriously. As I read this old classic the difference in the language and the bounds of censorship have gone so far beyond this truly disturbing tale, it was all I could think about was; my God what a truly horrid story they could make out of this old yarn. As it is. It should be mandatory reading in junior high schools for two reasons. 1) to show today's youth a truly shocking story of the human id placed under great stress. And 2) it would be a wonderful pro and con debate on the evolution of a number of points. Writing style changes. How stress can lead even the most innocent to the brink of savagery. The possibilities are endless as a teaching tool.
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