I’m super excited about this week’s review, because I’m reviewing one of my favourite books ever! Lord of the Flies is all about fear, love, power, and human instinct.
It’s wonderfully terrifying.
Lord of the Flies
Pages per day: 32
I was always an overachiever when it came to reading in school. I was reading since I was tiny, and got my first ever novel at the age of 6 (Alison Lester’s Snow Pony, for the record). I’d read Lord of the Flies long before we were assigned it in high school, but had no problems reading it a second time, not only because I got the chance to properly study it, but because it is a damn good book.
The teacher who assigned us Lord of the Flies was totally crazy, but one of my favourites. She adored delving in to the human mind, and had a habit of randomly screeching, simply because she found some insane yet totally exciting new theory about goodness knows what. Perhaps it was her that made me love this book even more. I know that it was really interesting comparing what I got from the book when I’d read it at the age of about 10, to what I got when I read it at 16, and now again at 20. It’s one of those books that is a whole new experience each time you read it, and I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to not be disturbed by the actions of the children, particularly Ralph.
Power does crazy things to people. Lord of the Flies goes beyond the idea of power corrupting, hitting you right where it hurts by applying that theory to children. Combine this with revenge, death and more mentions of pig corpses than is easy to stomach, and you’ve got yourself a pretty eerie story.
William Golding tells this story so well – honest, intense and incredibly evocative. The characters are amazingly in-depth, and really connect you to the story. Even while you witness the break down of their humanity, you can’t help but love them and fear for them. Watching their demise is both horrific and heartbreaking.
It’s hard not to compare the themes in this book to the world around us. Miss Purdon, my teacher, would tell me that fear, love and power are what drives every human being, and while it seems fairly morbid and depressingly transparent, I am inclined to agree. I’m not sure whether it’s this book or my gloriously crazy teacher who really made me believe it, but both are equally as terrifying and wonderful as each other.
You can find Lord of the Flies on Book Depository here with free shipping worldwide – if you haven’t read it by now, you are missing out. Read it once, then read it again. Read it again after a few years. You’ll be amazed how much you gain each and every time you immerse yourself in this story. If you read this book, or have read it, please let me know what you think in the comments below – I love to hear your feedback!
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Next week’s book is The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. The review will be posted next Monday – make sure to check in! If you’ve got any other suggestions for book for my challenge, I’d love to hear from you! Let me know in the comments below!
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