Lord of the Fliesby William Golding
The Library Book Club meeting for this book was on July 19, 2018, at 6:30 in the entry foyer.
A limited number of book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.
When a plane crashes on a remote island, a small group of schoolboys are the sole survivors. From the prophetic Simon and virtuous Ralph to the lovable Piggy and brutish Jack, each of the boys attempts to establish control as the reality – and brutal savagery – of their situation sets in.
The boys’ struggle to find a way of existing in a community with no fixed boundaries invites readers to evaluate the concepts involved in social and political constructs and moral frameworks. Ideas of community, leadership, and the rule of law are called into question as the reader has to consider who has a right to power, why, and what the consequences of the acquisition of power may be. Often compared to Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies also represents a coming-of-age story of innocence lost.
Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians
Bekka rated it ★★★★★.
Miranda rated it ★★★ and said “I had a hard time connecting with this one. It just seemed really emotionally flat to me.”
Patty rated it ★★★.