It’s a well-known opening from many stories: a bunch of people in a desert island after a plane crash. However, in this case the survivors are schoolboys, the oldest ones less than 15 year olds. No, this is not an adaptation of Lost for kids as William Golding’s Lord of the Flies was published already in 1954.
William Golding, Nobel Prize awarded for Literature, pays attention to the outlook on life in a child’s point of view in his novel. For some kids the absence of adults’ means unlimited freedom to play as for some it’s a chance to test one’s independence. Comprehending the seriousness of their situation isn’t that easy, nor important for some of the boys. Golding keeps the story realistic when the shades of supernaturalism stems from the children’s own imagination.
Lord of the Flies is an intriguing description of young boys in an isolated location where wild human nature rules. For a reader this book offers a way to understand the difference between grown-ups and children. Plot is captivating with its vivid characters. In spite of all the psychological meanings of the story the reader still needs to know, will they or will they not survive.
Golding, William. 1954. Lord of the Flies. London: Faber and Faber Limited.