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23 February 2010 @ 06:27 pm
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
peripatetic extemporizationshatoyona on February 24th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah okay, true fact. Haha basically: girls are better.