To the next person who reads this book:
This book was good from the outset. We are introduced to the story: Schoolboys from a plane wreck, alone on an island. There are no adults.
How they organise themselves in their new environment is the next test they are faced with. They have food, water, but they don’t have meat.
A chief is voted on. Ralph – whose character-struggles are at once admirable – is the main character of this story. I was stricken by his courage, wisdom and sense of fairness.
The conch, found at the bottom of the lagoon, is a constant symbol of law and order – the rules they create themselves are the only things keeping them from savagery.
How they descend slowly into savage beasts is haunting, the beast of the land is in them all.
By far the scariest thing about this story is how like a game survival becomes. Even death has a place in this tribal game of chiefs and thrones.
keeping the fire going is their only hope. If they forget about why they need the fire going, they forget their hope of being rescued.
Golding builds a fabulous tension, and as readers, we are really made to reflect on the sinister cruelty of human nature when given the chance, though at the same time, the characters, they are just boys – they are just children. A thought-provoking juxtaposition.