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William Golding
Born in Cornwall, England, William Golding started writing at the age of seven. Though he studied natural sciences at Oxford to please his parents, he also studied English and published his first book, a collection of poems, before finishing college. He served in the Royal Navy during World War... show more

Born in Cornwall, England, William Golding started writing at the age of seven. Though he studied natural sciences at Oxford to please his parents, he also studied English and published his first book, a collection of poems, before finishing college. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II, participating in the Normandy invasion. Golding's other novels include Lord of the Flies, The Inheritors, The Free Fall, Pincher Martin, The Double Tongue, and Rites of Passage, which won the Booker Prize.
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Birth date: September 19, 1911
Died: June 19, 1993
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Portable Magic
Portable Magic rated it 1 year ago
I first read this book as a teenager, and in some ways it was more terrifying than all the Stephen King books I was busily gobbling up at the time. It might have been the first book I read that illustrated, in a way that felt viscerally true, how easily the veneer of civilization can break down. ...
Bücher unter dem Mond
Bücher unter dem Mond rated it 4 years ago
This book was so damn thrilling, the chracters very nicely build and each having a nice and well developed personality. I was immersed in this book for 3 days and i absolutely loved the thrilling story...but...THIS END SUUUUCKS! I dont believe it was so simple omg no comment....=_='
Burfobookalicious
Burfobookalicious rated it 4 years ago
It might be regarded as a classic book, but "Lord of the Flies" is not what I would describe as an easy read. Confronting the reader, as William Golding does, with a rather bleak and brutal portrayal of youth unfettered by the boundaries of social norms. Indeed, this novel suggests we may remain a v...
Dang Rover: Cover to Cover
Dang Rover: Cover to Cover rated it 5 years ago
Team reading this one with my 12-year-old. He doesn't love it, and I don't blame him, really. The language and tendency to use a bunch of words with out saying anything is kind of grating. According to my pre-teen: "This author just says 'and' over and over. And this and this and that and that." B...
lysdexic
lysdexic rated it 5 years ago
An utterly chilling take on the dark(er) side of playground squabbles. I'm usually loath to describe any book as having any impact on my outlook, as I mainly read books for pleasure, not for life lessons. But LotF is an exception. The slow, sickening reveal of the bottomless pit that is human behavi...
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