Lord of the Flies
You may be wondering why there are such drastic variations in the reviews of this book. One reason that so many hate it, as another reviewer pointed out, is that many were forced to read it at school which most definately would put a damper on their enthusiasm.
Another is the different ways in which people approached it. Some came into it expecting a Swiss Family Robinson or Hatchet type book, in which a group of boys in a plane crash struggle to survive. Many of these readers were probably appalled at much of the symbolism and Golding’s strange style of writing. Those of us who came at it expecting this type of literature were drawn into the book.
If you are the first type of reader, I would not recommend this book, but if you are the latter and haven’t read it yet, read it now! I am not going to go too far into my own interpretations of this book, but I am going to say it is one of the best pices of writing I have ever read. Golding puts you on this island with the boys (in my opinion I don’t think you are supposed to question what happened before the plane crash or how they got there. it is irrelevant and the author doesn’t give much information on it, much to the frustration of some readers) and they start out much as you would expect them to.
One boy takes command and they build their shelters, gather food, all of the things you are supposed to do in this situation. But then things go terribly, terribly wrong and the dark side, the Id as Freud might have called it, comes to the surface and the boys become horrible savages, and you are shocked to see the children’s innocent exterior melt away. And then, at the gut-wrenching climax, they are suddenly seen again from an adult’s eyes for what they really are. This book is one of the great triumphs of all symbolic literature.