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Lord of the Flies

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Book Four.

I've wanted to read this book since school. There were two English classes; the one i was in studied Of Mice and Men and the other did Lord of the Flies. I was selfish and wanted to do both. I went to see Lord of the Flies at the theatre, but for some reason never actually got around to reading the book. But now, over a decade later, i finally have.

Other than Golding's overuse of the word 'presently', i loved it. Simon and Roger, particularly, intrigued me, and i want to read it again to figure them out.
29th Jan 2012, 10:29   | tags:,,,

cariadus says:

I did Lord of the Flies in school and hated it. Perhaps because I had to read it rather than because I wanted to. It could have put me off Golding forever but then I read Free Fall and in my late teens it had a big impact on me. I went on to read The Spire, The Inheritors and Pincher Martin (and possibly others that I've forgotten) and loved them all. He surely has to be one of the most inventive novelists of all time. Free Fall is about the mental torment of a man locked in a lightless cell and Pincher Martin is about a sailor trapped on a rock who might have gone insane or who might actually be dead, depending on interpretation.

Steinbeck was also one of the authors that had a big impact on me in my teens. My Penguin copy of Of Mice and Men had Cannery Row in with it. I enjoyed Of Mice and Men but absolutely loved Cannery Row. I also loved Tortilla Flat. Was never that keen on his weightier tomes, though, such as East of Eden and Grapes of Wrath.

29th Jan 2012, 13:06

Helen says:

One of my favourites.

I studied both at school, but hated Of Mice and Men. I think I was probably too young and unworldly for it at 13. I know our teacher was desperate to shake up her class of sheltered middle class Conservative 13 year old girls, but once we took against it she was fighting a losing battle.

The same thing happened when we were studying A Levels and one class (not mine) was Ghosts. It was pretty much vetoed by the class and they forced the teacher to set something else. I'd wised up a lot by that point and would have loved to have studied Ghosts. Obviously I read for myself. I think that particular episode made me even more determined to go on to study literature at a university where no one else from my literature classes at school would go.

29th Jan 2012, 18:08

Wendle says:

A love it or hate it book, then.

Cariadus, your description of Pincher Martin has me intrigued, and is so going on my 'to read' list! I have read no other Golding or Steinbeck.

It is a shame when kids get turned off of a book simply because they were made to read it. I don't think that ever happened to me... i still love A Midsummer Night's Dream, despite studying it for English at school and for Theatre Studies at college.

30th Jan 2012, 18:09

MaggieD says:

Under Milk Wood and the poems of Dylan Thomas .... studied them for A level, still love them ......

31st Jan 2012, 20:14