Lord of the Flies

This book is worldwide known and often regarded as a young readers book. I don’t agree. It suits adult readers too. There’s more to it: I believe that an experienced mind can better understand what lies behind the metaphores hanging around here and there throughout the lines.

The protagonists, kids surviving a crash, find themselves all alone on a desert island, compelled to deal with all possible hurdles, first of all trying to have order in their jeopardized existences. They desperately long for adult guidance, they miss it. They don’t know what we know: adults do not always own the answers, they can be short of solutions, they can fail and often do.

Civil insinct slowly surrenders to savage behaviour and human kind leaves space to inner animal instinct, at a certain stage the young reader “scenario” gives way to a psychological trip into human thoughts leading the reader to an unexpected change.

Some characters keep on living in the readers’mind long after the last page has been read: Simon, the shy boy, who looks alienated and is the most sensitive instead; Piggy, who desperately tries to keep a balance among the kids,  seeking a  reasonable dialogue, and, as in real life it often happens , is mocked and isolated.

This reading teaches more than we expect, no doubt it is worth the time spent lost amongst its pages.



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