Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, “Lord of the Flies” is celebrating 63 years since publication and it still reflects the structures of our sick society. Not in Romania, but in other countries, this book is studied in high schools as the main lecture and it’s no doubt why.
I have read it way later than in my teens and I must say that William Golding’s masterpiece stays as a disturbing but so loved novel.
A group of lonely schoolboys and the struggle for survival
A number of English schoolboys suffer a plane accident and they get captive on an island. No adult survives the crash, so they need to help each other to outlive.
In order to stay civilized, the boys elect some leaders for this mission and also divide the main tasks: hunting for food, fire-watching and so on. But when there are power and authority between the leaders, the fight is just around the corner.
Surrounded by no adult, who would immediately figure out the true problems (the need for food, a ceiling above their heads), the kids are lost. In the lack of experience and advice, their only problem will be fighting for the power between groups.
Maybe there is a beast… maybe it’s only us.
The book reflects the state of nature and how humanity behaves when it gets lonely and when civilization has no meaning anymore.
Don’t miss this book
Even “Lord of the Flies” might be a disturbing book for some readers because it reaches social or political problems, it is a must on your booklist.
Through some “innocent” kids, William Golding exposes the corruption of the human nature. The book is an analogy of the chaos we live in. It shows how men without governance can easily slide into savagery.
For me, it mainly showed how a world without civilization can become a land where brutality and crime are the law.