Genre: Classic, Young Adult, Horror
Gripping, Horrifying… Kids are literally capable of some messed up S%$!
“Maybe there is a beast… maybe it’s only us.”
The story is so famous that I feel like at this point everyone has come across it, but to simplify the plot the book focuses on a group of children who are stranded on an unknown Island after a plane crash. The story picks up from there and manages to depict the ruthlessness that is being human when confronted with life or death situations.
“We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages. We’re English, and the English are best at everything.”
The idea behind the story was so bizarre that as I read the synopsis before buying it I thought it would be satirical in nature or light hearted but my expectations were completely shattered and instead it got really dark, depressing and downright scary. I loved that it didn’t shy away from the gore because on some level it lends itself well to certain themes that became prevalent in driving the narrative forward. The layers of social commentary, what each character represented and the exploration of building blocks of society are just some of the underlying topics that were ever so present. The loss of naivety and the dangers of imaginations filled with tonnes of imagery and descriptions of the island will transport you into the book. The writing can be a bit hard to get into but once you get into the flow it moves swiftly.
“The thing is – fear can’t hurt you any more than a dream.”
The characterization was really something in that we have a group of sound minded kids who want to be rescued and long for that adult authority figure and on the other hand we have those that are deemed “savages” in that they are glad to be free from structure and crave the power to rule over the island and act like savages. That was the point of the story that sort of put me off while it was an interesting study on structure and importance of laws it drew a lot of similarities to The Colonialism era. The children that were deemed “Savages” wore black paint on their faces and refused to listen to the white blonde kid who was a sound of mind and offered the best solution. I guess considering this is a classic such topics are expected but I just wish the subject was handled well. He could have at least fleshed out the kids that were acting like savages. I didn’t agree with his point of view but it didn’t take me away from the story, I still managed to care for some of the characters and this didn’t shy away from going all the way with some of the lovable characters.
“I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been.”
Apart from that small aspect, the book was really amazing especially for its short length, you will not be able to finish this in one sitting because the depth of discussion is so rich. Everyone will get something from this book and it’s a timeless book that can be revisited over and over.
Have you read this book? What else by Golding should I tackle…
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