Today post is dedicated to a book / movie review. The title is “Lord of The Flies”, and it is one of the most interesting and extraordinary book I’ve ever read. No wonder in English speaking countries teachers usually assign it as a mandatory read. It’s enlighting and it keeps, deep inside, a dire warning.
Some people say the book is pessimistic, in my opinion, it transcends pessimism, it simply swims into the crude and wild reality. Every element in it is perfect, the location, the age of the kids, probably the cruelest age in our lives, 8 ~ 16 years old, an age in which we’re supposed to absorb the culture and education from the society, from our families. It also has the perfect climax, this book is, as a novel, a perfect handbook of sociology, touching so many aspects of it. In a sense Golding created “The Perfect Storm” inside the human nature.
It is hard to talk about “Lord of the Flies” without spoiling the reading of the book or, if you’re lazy, the vision of the movie. Golding in my opinion created here a masterpiece that even though short in size succeeds in opening the door to what really means losing every safety net provided by morality. It is also my opinion that this book should be read at least twice in your life: as an adolescent one would definitely appreciate and identify with the kids tendency of destroying the thick layers of rules and mores and reinvent them their own way; as an adult I’m sure the book will whisper a more complex set of questions and dilemmas once you reach the end of it.
Here’s what Sir William Golding himself had to say about his book.
Once watched the movie you might want to re-watch “Apocalypto” by Mel Gibson, the end of it is for sure an homage to the end of “Lord of the Flies”.
The movie I referred to is the 1990 one, but if you’re interested there is also another version from 1963.
Read this book, watch the movie and you’ll be able to identify similar patterns whenever a crowd will seem to have a mind of its own.
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