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Full title Lord of the Flies [permalink]
Language English
Authors William Golding (author), Ian Gregor (supplemental) and Mark Kinkead-Weekes (supplemental)
Publisher Faber and Faber
Category Novel
Publication year 2004
Original publication year 1954
ISBN 978-0-571-05686-6 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 288
Synopsis

A cautionary novel about the consequences of letting children run their own society without adult supervision. A plane crashes on a deserted island, and the batch of school boys are left to fend for themselves. The title is a reference to Beelzebub, which is a Hebrew word meaning "lord of the flies" (it's a Philistine god worshiped at Ekron, and is mentioned in the Bible, in 2 Kings 1:2-3), but it's also a reference to a literal lord of flies, namely a pig's head on a stick (it attracts so many flies, you see, that the children start calling it by that title). The novel chronicles how the children conceive of and develop their society.

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Structure [Toggle visibility]
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Sound of the Shell
  • 2. Fire on the Mountain
  • 3. Huts on the Beach
  • 4. Painted Faces and Long Hair
  • 5. Beast from Water
  • 6. Beast from Air
  • 7. Shadows and Tall Trees
  • 8. Gift for the Darkness
  • 9. A View to a Death
  • 10. The Shell and the Glasses
  • 11. Castle Rock
  • 12. Cry of the Hunters
  • "Fable"
  • Notes

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