One Hundred Great Reads

The Lord Of The Flies

Posted in Give Yourself A Few Free Nights, review by Jimmy on April 8, 2009

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Author: William Golding.

Three word summary: Dark, short, tense.

Thoughts: I liked this book a lot. The characters leap out at you from a very early stage and there is a palpable tension throughout the book, which continues to rise and rise as the narrative continues. Although it seems a little dated now in language and style it is a very enjoyable read. In fact, that’s not fair. It’s a real page turner! I would like to have seen a little more adventures on the island, more about how the boys built their shelter and how they adapted to island life – it’s very hard to tell how long they’ve been on the island or what other kind of wildlife is on there, for example the fish and fruit they ate was very glossed over. I know the book is about children who wouldn’t know the papaya from avocado but I feel that the detail was missing slightly. Especially when you compare the book to one of my all time favourites: Robinson Crusoe.

Mark out of 10: 8

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