Lord of the Flies PDF novel by William Golding

Download Lord of the Flies PDF novel by William Golding

Lord of the Flies PDF novel by William Golding

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Lord of the Flies is a 1954 novel by Nobel Prize-winning British author William Golding. The book focuses on a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves. Themes include the tension between groupthink and individuality, between rational and emotional reactions, and between morality and immorality.

A bit of synopsis:

A number of English schoolboys suffered from a plane accident causing them to get stranded in an uninhabited island. The period was maybe during World War II. Trying to be civilized, they elected a leader for themselves as well started the division of tasks (hunters, fire-watchers, etc). Things turned bad when there's a power struggle between the group leaders, worsened by various sightings of a monster in the island. No, don't think about "Lost" because this is way different.

No wonder I had goosebumps at the end because this book is so true to what happens in the world today. When men tried to govern themselves (and started the whole process with goodwill inside) but blinded with egotism and lust for power, tragedy, and destruction in society are inevitable.

Human nature is corrupt, it only takes a trivial thing to make its nature controlled by nothing but malice. This book represents a perfect allegory for men. Culture fails repeatedly and no matter how hard we can repress it, nothing will ever stop the drive to become savages.

Despite its length and easy-to-read narration, this is certainly one of the most haunting, powerful books I've ever read. Now I know why this book is listed in so many lists of greatest books in the 20th century

Author William Golding
 Publication Date:1954

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