Lord of the Flies

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Golding’s iconic 1954 novel, now with a new foreword by Lois Lowry, remains one of the greatest books ever written for young adults and an unforgettable classic for readers of any age.
 
This edition includes a new Suggestions for Further Reading by Jennifer Buehler.

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 they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued.
William Golding’s classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, “the boy with fair hair,” and Piggy, Ralph’s chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island’s wild pig population. Soon Ralph’s rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted: “He forgot his words, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear on flying feet.” Golding’s gripping novel explores the boundary between human reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of adolescent competition. –Jennifer Hubert
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Author

William Golding

Binding

Mass Market Paperback

Brand

Golding, William- Epstein, E. L. (CON)

CatalogNumberList

FPS-319807, POTM-0399501487, TM-0399501487

Creator

E. L. Epstein, Afterword

EAN

9780399501487

EANList

9780399501487

Edition

Reissue

Format

Antique Books

ISBN

0399501487

ItemDimensions

750, hundredths-inches, 425, hundredths-inches, 22, hundredths-pounds, 57, hundredths-inches

Label

Penguin Books

Languages

English, Published, English, Original Language, English, Unknown

Manufacturer

Penguin Books

MPN

9780399501487

NumberOfItems

1

NumberOfPages

224

PackageDimensions

70, hundredths-inches, 740, hundredths-inches, 25, hundredths-pounds, 420, hundredths-inches

PackageQuantity

1

PartNumber

9780399501487

ProductGroup

Book

ProductTypeName

ABIS_BOOK

PublicationDate

2003-12-16

Publisher

Penguin Books

ReleaseDate

2003-12-16

Studio

Penguin Books

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