Book Review | Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Updated: Jun 29

Birth: September 19, 1911, Newquay, UK

Death: June 19, 1993, Perranarworthal, UK


Lord of the Flies by William Golding - 1954

William Golding, British novelist, poet and naval officer born in 1911. We know him from masterpieces such as "Lord of the Flies", "The Spire", "Pincher Martin", "The Inheritors", "The Paper Men", "Free Fall", "To the Ends of the Earth"...


The novelist Golding, who thoroughly examines the spiritual and physical dimensions of the human, is deemed worthy of 2 literary awards and "Sir" title has been given by The Queen of England "II. Elizabeth".


I would like to share with you today; Lords of the Flies by William Golding.



Lord of the Flies is compelling novel about a group of young boys that end up stranded on an island after a tragic plane crash.

At the beginning of the novel the dissonance between the division of the different groups of boys is very evident.

They attempt to create a government system, but like most government systems it is ran by power rather than who would be a better leader.


In this recpect, topic of this book is kind of like "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. If you read and liked "Animal Farm", you should definitely read this masterpiece too.



“His voice rose under the black smoke before the burning wreckage of the island; and infected by that emotion, the other little boys began to shake and sob too. And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of mans heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.” /William Golding
“We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?” /William Golding
“He found himself understanding the wearisomeness of this life, where every path was an improvisation and a considerable part of one's waking life was spent watching one's feet.” /William Golding
“I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been.” /William Golding
“Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood.” /William Golding

“What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?”

“Maybe there is a beast… maybe it's only us.” /William Golding
“They looked at each other, baffled, in love and hate.” /William Golding
“Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?” /William Golding
“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.” /William Golding
“If faces were different when lit from above or below... what was a face? What was anything?” /William Golding

“We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything.”

“The thing is fear can't hurt you any more than a dream.” /William Golding
“The greatest ideas are the simplest.” /William Golding
“Sucks to your ass-mar!” /William Golding
“The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away.” /William Golding
“The mask was a thing on it's own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-conciousness.” /William Golding

“Which is better to have laws and agree, or to hunt and kill?”

“They walked along, two continents of experience and feeling unable to communicate.” /William Golding
“His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink.” /William Golding
“I believe man suffers from an appalling ignorance of his own nature. I produce my own view in the belief that it may be something like the truth.” /William Golding
“The beast was harmless and horrible; and the news must reach the others as soon as possible.” /William Golding
“He wanted to explain how people were never quite what you thought they were.” /William Golding

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