Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Twenty books of shattered childhoods

One title on AbeBooks' list of 20 books of shattered childhoods:
Lord of the Flies William Golding

Can there really be anyone who hasn’t read this novel? A group of schoolboys are marooned by a plane crash on a desert island and their attempts to remain civilised (and nice toward the fat kid) fail very badly. School teachers love this novel because it poses so many questions about morality, power and what holds together society. Consider checking out The Coral Island by RM Ballantyne from 1857, Lord of the Flies was written as a reposte to this novel.
Read about all 20 titles. [h/t to escapegrace]

William Golding died 19 years ago this month; read about his last night on earth.

--Marshal Zeringue