Lord of the Flies

[Lord of the Flies]
Faber and Faber
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Type: Literature
Nothing inappropriate.
Some morally inappropriate content.
Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
Contains some lurid passages, or presents a general ideological framework that could confuse those without much Christian formation.
Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
Explicitly contradicts Catholic faith or morals, or is directed against the Church and its institutions.
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An aeroplane full of schoolboys crash in a desert island and only the boys survive. Led by Ralph and Piggy, the boys organise themselves by setting up a democratically elected society. It quickly falls apart and all too quickly turns to savagery. Terror soon rules, as Jack becomes a dictator.

William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911 and educated in Oxford. He began his working life as a theatrical producer, but then turned to teaching before serving in the navy during the First World War. This book resulted from the effort of the author to contradict the saccharine nature of The Coral Island by Robert Ballantyne. Golding wanted to show that fallen human nature very soon resorts to savagery, but the suddenness of it is surely incorrect.

Author: Cliff Cobb, United Kingdom
Update on: Jan 2024