Lord of the Flies by William Golding: 9/10

This book is the most unique novel I have ever read, with very good literature and an amazing story. The story takes place during a war, most likely World War I. When an airplane containing a bunch of British schoolboys is shot down, the survivors of the crash, all young boy, are stranded on an island. The children are first afraid for their lives, but then they discover that their island is full of fertile fruit trees, clean water lots of animals that they can hunt for food, and no adults to boss them around. It seems like a paradise, but then the smaller children start speak of a horrifying, mysterious beast, triggering fear throughout the kids and the tribe they have established. Suddenly, the kids begin to turn on each other, and their perfect society they have created begins to fall to pieces. This book is an interesting read because of when it was written, in 1954. Much of the language in this book is different that anything I have ever read before. It may be one of the reasons it has such compelling literary devices. William Golding includes a lot of imagery in the book, making you feel as if you were on the island with the kids. An example of this is when he writes, “The flames, as though they were a kind of wild life, crept as a jaguar creeps on its belly toward a line of birch-like saplings that fledged an outcrop of the pink rock” (pg. 44). Throughout the whole novel, you get a view of the setting through passages like this. There are also many unique metaphors and similes that I came across. In all, this book was unlike any other I have ever read, and would recommend it to people who appreciate a good story, with a not a lot of action and that has great literature.

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