Review: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

I must say that this is the book that has caused me to stop reading. It took me three months to finish this short book. The whole plot was okay everything else felt lacking and was definitely a miss for me. 

Lord of the Flies

At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. Anything. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. And as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far from reality as the hope of being rescued. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies is perhaps our most memorable tale about “the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart.” Goodreads

The book was definitely a miss for me because of a lot of things. I generally like books and movies where the characters are given a proper background, growth, etc. This book definitely didn’t give me that. I just remembered the group of kids. I couldn’t even remember their names.

There was also too much going on. One minute they’re talking about one thing and then it’s another. I feel like the story was a bit too everywhere. I also think that most of the juicy fun parts only happened on the second part of the book and by that time I was over it. I just wanted to finish the book to finish it.

Reading this felt more of a task instead of something enjoyable. It’s a bit disappointing especially since the second half of the book was good. This was part of the book where we really get to see what the author is trying to say and ask the readers. I just wished we got to that part sooner!

Spoiler alert, the real moral of the book was how evil can humans become when no one is looking? This is such a good question to ask and I think the author has given good points to consider and ponder on. But for me, it just came a little too late. It was all jam packed in the end and this is not the kind of book I enjoy reading. It’s a but unfortunate, to be honest. 😦

To answer the question and end this post, I think humans do have evil tendencies. However, laws, order, religion, conscience, and authority are in place to try and control it. Remove all that, like for example get stuck in an island with no one to monitor how you behave, then we’re all free to become who we really are and yes, that includes being evil.

Would I recommend this book, no. The lesson and what it was trying to ask was good but it just took a long time to get there. Sorry, but no.


7 thoughts on “Review: Lord of the Flies by William Golding”

  1. I haven’t read the book and cannot comment on it. But I have a take on the moral of the story: I feel, at the end of the day human beings are also animals. Except that we are only more sophisticated than the other ones we see around us. That said, the awakening of humanity is a fairly new phenomena (compared to the millions of years of evolution), and it will definitely take us a long while to remove the animal instincts that make us who we are – evil, or giving in to the easiest instincts is one part of it.

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  2. It has made me question morality vs survival if we looked at how established society would instantly change without a legal system or other structures put in place already. I guess if the book was hard to get into, I have heard a lot of people really liked that TV series “Lost.”

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    1. It was actually a very good book but my main problem was it just took too long to get there By the time it got to the “question” I was bored already. 🙂



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