Lord of the Flies by William Golding (Mini Review)

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the FliesFormat: Paperback

Source: Owned, brought from charity shop 

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Genres: Classic, Fiction

Publication Date: 3rd March 1997

Synopsis/Blurb (From Back Cover):

“A plane crashed 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.

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My Thoughts & Review

Lord of flies is about a group of boys who find themselves on a stranded island after their plane crashes and all the adults onboard are killed. They have to find a way to stay alive.

Lord of the Flies isn’t the easiest of books to read especially at the beginning, but it does get better and easier as you read on. I think the main reason is  due to the language style used in this book. I found that I enjoyed the second half of the book much more than the first half. This was mainly because the build-up of the plot felt a bit slow at the beginning. But, having finished the book now I can see why it was necessary.

Before starting this book, I didn’t really know what the plot was about expect for what I read on the back of the book, so I wasn’t expecting much from it. But having finished the book now, I’m actually surprised to find how powerful it actually is.

Before picking up this book I always thought people that had to read this book for school were lucky and I thought our school just picked boring books. But, now I’m actually glad I read this book as an adult and not at school as I feel like I appreciated  everything more and understood some of the hidden meanings better.

Overall all I liked this book and would definitely recommend it. If you like a book the gives you plenty to think about when you’ve finished this is the book for you.

(I can tick off the prompt Novel that was banned  for the 2020 TBR Reading Challenge created by Mina @ Stacked Reviews)

My Rating


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.

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  1. I’m so glad to hear that you liked the book!
    I feel the message about the potential for evil in all of us is very powerful (and quite relevant right now!)
    I read it a couple of times with my kids (who I homeschooled), and each time I wondered if the story would have been different if the airplane had been full of ONLY GIRLS (or even half girls?) I’m quite sure that in either of those cases, there would have been a count of the “littles” and some attempt to take care of them.
    What do you think?

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    • I used to be jealous when i heard people say they read this at school, but now I’m actually glad I i read it now as I appreciated the story more. I also agree and think if they were girls the outcome would be very different.


  2. My absolute favorite book to teach! So, yeah, I love it. It’s fun to discuss the evil of human nature with the students and how Golding seems to believe in the inevitability of it. I tell them (again and again and again) that we should reject that idea! Yes, there’s evil inside all of us, but that does NOT mean we live without hope of being better — of being good! Lots of life lessons in this book.

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  3. I honestly don’t know if I would’ve liked this more if I read it as an adult but we had to read it at school and I remember passionately hating it. Like, I was one of those students who devoured all the books that we got and was always eager to discuss in class but this one was a slog 🙈 Kind of curious to see what I’d think of it now though! Great review, Mani!

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    • Thanks Dini!! I know a few people who read this at school and hated it but re-read as an adult and enjoyed it much more. Would love to hear your thoughts on it if you ever do decide to read it again 😁


  4. I also enjoyed this book, Mani, which is on my list of classics to re-read this year for the Classics challenge 2020. It is interesting if you compare it to The Coral Island by R. M. Ballantyne, which is the opposite idea as it features three boys who make a huge success of being marooned on a desert island.

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