I know that William Golding's work was revolutionary and shocking in 1954, but with all the violence perpetuated by and towards children today, it just doesn't seem that "new." Not that I'm calloused to the fact that young boys so quickly turned savage in the face of no adult control, and fear, and uncertainty. It's not that. In fact, maybe instead of being shocked, I was in disbelief. Thinking that life is shocking enough and Golding leaned too far into hyperbole. . . . I don't know.
The text was pretty dense, and the beginning was pretty hard to get through.
I wonder if kids are still reading it in high school, and if so -- if their reactions are different. I asked my very business-minded husband, who hated the English classes he had to suffer through in college because everyone was always talking about what it meant and the foreshadowing, if he had read the book, and he said, "Yes. It had some guy with a weird name."
"Yes," I responded. "Piggy. But it's not a weird name. He was fat; that's why they called him Piggy."
That was the extent of our book analysis, English major to Finance major.
I did have to scrape up an image of the exact cover that I remember from high school English (the same cover graces the copy I checked out from my library). Oh yeah, that reminds me of the second part of our conversation:
"Did the book you read look like this?" I asked the finance major.
"No. Ours didn't have that weird guy on it."
Anyone else have any thoughts or memories of Lord of the Flies?
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