William Golding, “Lord of the Flies”

Never read this in high school—how did that happen?

THE LOWDOWN
Published: 1962 edition, 246 pp.
Obtained via: Library
Date started: 3.2.08
Date finished: 3.8.08
What I liked: Finally being able to honestly nod in agreement when someone makes a reference to this book. But really, I liked the dystopian influences and the pacing of the story. Golding seriously knows how to build suspense.
What I didn’t like: So, making the assumption that these children were spirited away during the war to preserve England’s future… why were there no girls? I have to admit, I shudder to think of what other horrible things might have happened had it not been a single-sex island.
What I learned: What I missed in high school. I could totally pick out what would have been talking points, like what different English slang terms meant, the symbolism of the conch, what the book says about man’s capability for evil. Why do kids read this stuff? (Just kidding.)

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