Monday, June 18, 2018

MMGM--Lord of the Flies

Gah--I'm so sorry this is posted late! I didn't have my computer with me to check my page this morning, and I could have sworn that I scheduled this post. I guess not.

On with the review!

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Lord of the Flies, by William Golding  

At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on and uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization, they can do anything they want. Anything. 

But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued . . . 

So, here's the thing. My last few reviews have consisted mainly of me raving about how much I loved the books that I've been MMGMing.

That's not the case here.

It's not the fact that this isn't fantasy--like the other books I've reviewed. I've read historical fiction and loved every word of it. This book simply didn't appeal to me.

I understand why this book is so popular--it gives a raw and honest representation of human behavior. But, I'm just not a fan of Golding's writing style.

This book is very heavy on description, and while some people might enjoy that kind of writing, I prefer books that have more dialogue and action. Golding spent about an entire page describing what a fire looked like. Don't get me wrong--I think it's important to give good descriptions to readers--but I found the Entire-Page-Fire-Description a bit unnecessary.

There was also a large cast of characters in this book, and normally, I love the diversity that having so many different personalities brings, but I felt like Golding didn't get a chance to fully develop the characters, and because of this, I found it hard to connect with them. If one of them had been killed half way through the novel, I probably wouldn't have been too hung-up on it.

Also--there are characters--boys who landed on the island--who don't have names. They're simply referred to as "the hunters." It was hard to keep track of who was who. In one of the later chapters Golding wrote about a child named Stanley sitting on a log, and the only thought I had was, "Who the heck is Stanley?"

Even though I didn't personally enjoy this novel, maybe this book appeals to you, or perhaps you want to set out and prove me wrong--either way, you can read an excerpt of Lord of the Flies HERE an can find William Golding's website HERE

Have a fantastic week!


  1. Lord of the Flies wasn’t my favorite book either, to be honest. I agree - some of the description was just over-the-top, and I really didn’t like the description of Piggy’s death. It was just a little too brutally described, in my opinion. I mean, I know it’s a classic, and that many people like it, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

  2. I wasn't enthralled with the story, though the movie based on the novel had its moments. Glad you finally made it today!


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