Lord of the Flies, William Golding

This book is proclaimed as a twentieth century classic and is used ardently in schools across these British Isles. Golding tells the tale of a group of schoolboys who crash land on a tropical island and grapple amongst themselves to form an orderly society. The boys fail to keep order and quickly descend into juvenile savagery. Fixated on the hunt, and the need to acquire meat, the schoolboys divide – one side lead by Jack, who eventually orchestrates cult like murders. I can see why this book is popular, and undoubtedly has an appeal to a male audience (but not exclusively). Golding is descriptive, thorough and has an obsessive like for the word ‘ululation’. I was hotly surprised at some of the racist undertones, in particular a reference to savagery being akin to a group of black people! You are the judge, I leave you with the following quote from the book: ‘Which is better – to be a pack of painted niggers like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph is?’

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