Tuesday, August 08, 2006

‘The Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding

16 June 2006

I also read ‘The Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding for the first time – I did start it in my teens but gave up fairly early on. It is fairly slow and atmospheric but this time around I found it much more interesting. He is very good at drawing you in to the boys (stranded on an island after a plane crash with no adults around) evolving quickly into quite a grown-up model of society (with a leader, ‘parliament’, allocated responsibilities etc) then reminding you that they are still very young. Ralph, for example, (who is 12 years old) fast becomes a mature and thoughtful leader – but still stands on his head every time he gets excited!



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