Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Book Review: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Rating: 2/5

Ugh. I don't know what it is with me but if a book is considered "literature" (said between clenched teeth and nose in the air) my brain just refuses to enjoy it. Now, I like the "idea" of the Lord of Flies - a group of school boys are marooned on an island and we watch how they fair. That's a solid plot for a story but, Mr. Golding didn't make the story that entertaining or appealing to me. Perhaps I wanted more dialog, but the dialog I got was broken and at times I had no idea what those boys were talking about (I thought the boys were "well-to-do" why didn't they speak in sentences?) - but perhaps that's why it's literature, way above my pay grade, I just don't get it. Or maybe literature, like "high art" is just about concepts and I get the general idea but the path to it is strange and dare I say a bit boring to me.

But high art and perhaps literature is an acquired taste, and over time I shall develop an admiration for it...

2 comments:

  1. Maybe some things about this are an acquired taste, but you're certainly entitled to *not* like it :-) Some "greats" that made my "Meh" list include Madame Bovary, Seize the Day and On the Road. Just couldn't get into them.

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  2. Lord of the Flies is a stunning book that you should definitely read. All the elements of the novel hold the reader in a tight grasp all the way to the end. The themes and symbols are delightful to contemplate and certainly open one's mind. Golding's characters are very realistic and easy to believe. Readers aged thirteen and older should read this novel by all means.

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