I just didn't like it.
I really tried to read it with an open mind...and not get angry or upset by the horrid writing, and the confusing narrative, but I still just don't like it.
I can "Get" why it is taught so often, and why it is an important piece of literature. And by all means, I should have liked it since I usually like novels like this. But I found it to be boring. And when the tragedies and violence finally struck, I wasn't even moved by it.
It was more of a "that sucks" kind of reaction.
But I tried, I really did. I attempted to like the characters, but the only ones I enjoyed were Piggy and Simon. They were the only two with any sense and the only two I didn't cringe at when they spoke.
So yeah. You could say I am not a fan of Golding's masterpiece. It happens and there is no harm done.
I will say that I liked the idea of the book. A group of schoolboys alone on an island and forced to survive. Kids will obviously handle such a tragedy different than adults will, so it was interesting to see how they tried to set up leadership and what their priorities were for survival.
As I pointed out before I began the book, I read this in part for the LOST Books Challenge and yes, there were a ton of similarities:
- The struggle between two leaders (Jack and Locke) that threatens to tear apart a group of survivors)
- Being lost on and island and forced to survive
- The savagery of certain individuals vs. those who want to survive and be rescued
- The plans for eventual rescue by different individuals vs. the needs of the group to survive
- The hunting of the wild boar
- Violence between individuals in the groups
Anyway, I'm glad to be done with this and not have it hanging over my head any longer. On to something more interesting....
*I'm sorry about the "downer" way this post seems. I just really didn't enjoy the book and I really just don't enjoy writing about it. It happens and I hope to have better things to say about my next book.*