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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies (Paperback, Main)

By Golding, William

The tale of a party of shipwrecked schoolboys, marooned on a coral island, who at first enjoy the freedom of the situation but soon divide into fearsome gangs which turn the paradise island into a nightmare of panic and death.

ISBN 9780571084838
Barcode 9780571084838
Published 24 February 2005 by Faber and Faber
Format Paperback, Main
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ISBN-13 9780571084838
ISBN-10 0571084834
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Faber and Faber
Imprint Faber & Faber
Publication Date 24 February 2005
International Publication Date 1 January 1973
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Main
Edition Main
Author(s) By Golding, William
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 120mm
Height: 185mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 131g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc., Psychological aspects, Fiction, Interpersonal relations in children
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

The tale of a party of shipwrecked schoolboys, marooned on a coral island, who at first enjoy the freedom of the situation but soon divide into fearsome gangs which turn the paradise island into a nightmare of panic and death.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003
US Review A fantasy is a singular- and singularly believable spellbinder, and within the framework of its premises- achieves a tremendous impetus and impact. During an atomic war, a group of boys aged from about six to twelve crash-land on an uninhabited tropical island. There Ralph, a responsible boy, is chosen chief- and a certain routine established; a fire is made and to be kept going as a signal, huts are to be built, and certain of the boys are to hunt wild pig?? But as the days pass in increasing discomfort, there is increasing dissension between them; the littluns are frightened by the untold terrors of the dark, and the fear of breasties and bogeys spreads; the duties are neglected; and the older boys, save Simon and Piggy and Samneric (twins) desert Ralph, appoint a new leader, and run amok hunting savagely. In their primitive regression, they feel they must propitiate the beast and a ritualistic dance precedes the murder of Simon; Piggy, his specs taken, falls to his death; and finally Ralph is left to face the pack when a cruiser lands- to rescue them all.... A first novel, originally conceived and convincingly sustained, this should find an audience as vulnerable as its young derelicts. The publishers parallel this- not without justification- with Richard Hughes' High Wind In Jamaica. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911 and was educated at Marlborough Grammar School and at Brasenose College, Oxford. His first novel, Lord of the Flies, was published in 1954 and was filmed by Peter Brook in 1963. He won the Booker Prize for his novel Rites of Passage in 1980, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983. He was knighted in 1988. He died at his home in the summer of 1993.

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