Thanks to my skiing holiday and lots of time spent on trains, planes and automobiles I managed to finish my current book early – “Lord of The Flies” by William Golding – recommended to me by Gwilym Owen.
Despite finishing the book early I must apologise for this late review, time just seems to have flown by recently.
“The Lord of the Flies for me was one of those truly watershed moments in my life and a realisation of just how powerful the written word can be. It represents a coming of age and an end of innocence, both for me personally and metaphorically from the point of view of the characters in the book. As a ten year old my imagination was literally shaken awake and captured for the first time because the boys of the book were of a similar age to me and I could really relate to them. In a way it felt like I grew with them through their experiences as the book progressed, from their initial stranding on a remote island during a war and the prospect of adventure and freedom from adults, to the more sinister turns that the story takes later.”
“At the end of reading the book, I had grown up an awful lot and was older, wiser, more understanding of the world around me and what people can be capable of. In many ways I had left the first chapter of my childhood behind forever!”
“Lord of The Flies” has been at the back of my mind for many many years. It’s a book that most people have heard of and a great many have read and I’m glad to say I’m finally one of them.
I’ve been hooked on “Lord of The Flies” since I saw the film many, many years ago and it’s a book that has divided a lot of my friends. Some seem engrossed in a story of survival, childhood and the loss of innocence while others see it as a savage and horrific tale.
Personally I loved this book and every page, every turn, every word had me gripped. I’m so glad I got to enjoy this book while on holiday as having the time to give it my full attention really helped.
It’s a story of childhood, survival, savagery and desperation and despite having some horrific scenes is a thrill ride from start to finish and to date is my favourite recommendation – thank you Gwilym!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to anyone… whether or not you like the story it’s one you’ll find hard to forget.