Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

Format
Paperback
Price
$16.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9781573226127
  • 272 Pages
  • Riverhead
  • Adult

Overview

Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought and literature.

Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a true classic.

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

William Golding

Praise

Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years.” 
—Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

“As exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking now as it was when Golding published it in 1954.”
Stephen King

“The most influential novel…since Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye.” 
Time

“This brilliant work is a frightening parody on man’s return (in a few weeks) to that state of darkness from which it took him thousands of years to emerge. Fully to succeed, a fantasy must approach very close to reality. Lord of the Flies does. It must also be superbly written. It is.” 
The New York Times Book Review
 
“Sparely and elegantly written…Lord of the Flies is a grim anti-pastoral in which adults are disguised as children who replicate the worst of their elders’ heritage of ignorance, violence, and warfare.” 
Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books

Table of Contents

Introduction by E. M. Forster
One: The Sound of the Shell
Two: Fire on the Mountain
Three: Huts on the Beach
Four: Painted Faces and Long Hair
Five: Beast from Water
Six: Beast from Air
Seven: Shadows and Tall Trees
Eight: Gift for the Darkness
Nine: A View to a Death
Ten: The Shell and the Glasses
Eleven: Castle Rock
Twelve: Cry of the Hunters

Notes
Critical Analysis

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