Sunday, April 26, 2009
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Category: Modern Classic, Fiction
Review: 4/5 stars
This is another one of those books that is hard to review. I could give it anything between 3 and 5 stars. I recognize that it is regarded as a classic and I think the distinction is well deserved. I wouldn't say that I particularly enjoyed it, though. I'm glad I listened to it but it is rather a disturbing story. The audiobook I listened to was read by William Golding himself, and I quite liked that about it. In the beginning he tells a little bit about how the book came to be and then he starts reading and it feels like you are sitting there in the room while he reads from the book. He doesn't use different voices for the different characters; he just reads it and reads it well. There is a short interview at the end that is also very interesting. While I was listening to the book I found myself thinking that I just wanted to get it over with but once I was done with it I was very glad to have read it. I finally decided on 4 stars even though my personal enjoyment of it was more like 3 stars.
Rating: 1.3.2 There are some scenes of violence along with disturbing images and a little bit of mild profanity.