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23 February 2010 @ 06:27 pm
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Lord of the Flies, William Golding

... so THAT was fucking creepy.



In case, like me, you put off reading this book because EW FLIES:
A bunch of schoolboys are marooned on a tropical island after a plane crash. The story concerns the struggle between rational Ralph, who wants to keep a fire burning in hopes of rescue, and Jack, who just wants to kill things. Pigs, humans, he's pretty easy on that score.

I really just have one major point to make about this book, and it is:

IF IT WAS A BUNCH OF GIRLS DUMPED ON THE ISLAND, NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED. They'd have made clothes out of leaves and makeup out of mud and organised a cooking AND a fire-tending rota and they would have stayed under the trees for shelter, duh, and done something AMAZING with the flowers. Also, they'd most likely have invented sunscreen.

Was the point that Jack was going to have Ralph's head cut off and put on a stick? I had this image of him being roasted alive on a spit that was run through two bits of him (you know, 'sharpened at both ends'?) and ... cannibalism beats symbolism, if you catch my drift.

I was EXTREMELY annoyed that Ralph didn't end up dying. After all THAT - the interminable miasma of impending doom hanging over the whole proceedings - they were rescued?! I gathered from the hints that the rest of the world had blown itself up with nuclear warfare - which, you know, CHEERFUL.

Liked this, though:

The sun in the west was a drop of burning gold that slid nearer and nearer the sill of the world.

You don't hear stuff like that on Survivor!



Previously, on Book Glomp 2010:
The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories, Anton Chekhov
I'll take you there, Joyce Carol Oates
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
The School for Husbands, Moliere
On Green Dolphin Street, Sebastian Faulks
The Famished Road, Ben Okri
 
 
 
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on February 24th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
I will do it!

... no, not really. Not unless I could publish it. Has it been 50 years since LOTF was published? Anyway, I was saying above, I'd MUCH rather a slash-on-steroids version of it. In fact, maybe I should just get someone to write 'deserted on a desert island NO CANNIBALISM PLZ' fic. :DDD
daybreaqdaybreaq on March 2nd, 2010 09:22 am (UTC)
It's possible it doesn't matter (The 50 years I mean. In any case, it's been 56 years. And it might be more than 50 years anyway. I just looked it up on Wikipedia. If Golding obtained a Crown copyright, it lasts 70 years after his death- 1993). Such a project could fall under the categorization of commentary or satire or whatever qualifies as NOT!copyright infringement. In either case, it's really a legal gray area at least.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 3rd, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
I've moved on from that project, though! Now I want to write the super-slashy screenplay for Moby Dick. :DDD