The 1955 New York Times Book Review of Lord of the Flies

“Maybe there is a beast… maybe it’s only us.”
― William Golding, Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies is a 1954 novel by Nobel Prize–winning British author William Golding. The book focuses on a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves.

This brilliant work is a frightening parody


Lord of the Flies Book Cover

“What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?”
― William Golding, Lord of the Flies

The novel has been generally well received. It was named in the Modern Library 100 Best Novels, reaching number 41 on the editor’s list, and 25 on the reader’s list. In 2003 it was listed at number 70 on the BBC’s The Big Read poll, and in 2005 Time magazine named it as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.

Lord of the Flies is one of those books I will always love.

What starts out as an adventure story of school boys stranded on an island turns into a full fledged gang war.
The book is disturbing, generally we don’t expect such behavior from kids. but the author has precisely depicted human nature.
It’s in our Blood
We are not peaceful beings living in harmony, we fight, we kill, we destroy and nobody taught us these things, these are our instinct, our survival, our inner animal and that is captured perfectly in this book.

“Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood.”
― William Golding, Lord of the Flies

1955 New York Times Book Review of Lord of the Flies
1955 New York Times Book Review of Lord of the Flies


The 2016 New York Times Book Review of Lord of the Flies, 6 Decades Later. (Link to article below)

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