Lord of the Flies is the first novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author, William Golding. Though initially it wasn’t a huge success, later on it became a compulsory reading material in schools. Two film adaptations of this book have been made, in 1963 and 1990.
Golding tells a compelling story about a group of small British boys, who are marooned on a coral island. It seems like a great fun at first, but along the way, the fun becomes furious. Life on the island then changes into nightmare, panic, and death. The standards of behavior disintegrate, and the whole world the boys know collapses with them, and another world is revealed beneath, primitive and terrible.
Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought and literature. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a true classic.