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One of the books that I remember that got me hooked on reading quite a bit was Lord of the Flies by William Golding.  It was one of my favorites that I'd had to read in high school, I was a sophomore and I'd just changed schools after we moved districts (by moving four streets over I had to completely change schools middle of sophomore year).

Lord of the Flies was one of those books that my English teacher turned into a completely "hands on" interactive unit.  We were "living" on the island during class each day of the unit.  We had five to ten minutes at the beginning of class to ask questions and get assignments for the day concerning chapter reading and various other assignments pertaining to the book/unit we were on.  

We also had about five to ten minutes at the end of class to ask questions about the assignments and homework for the book.  My favorite assignment was our major assignment for the entire unit...I made the island as a cake.  It was full of green frosting and was quite tasty when all said and done.  I'd also made cupcakes to share with the class since the cake ultimately could not really be eaten due to the foam additions and glue and toothpicks and various other addition to it.

I remember wondering what life would be like if things like that happened here and we were actually stuck living like the children on the island.  Trying to survive and ultimately things turning brutal and savage as those vestiges of humanity were stripped away as we fought to survive each and every day, and that was how I got sucked into the worlds that had been created in the different books. In this regard I've also learned that ultimately reverting to the savagery of the children in the book is not something that I strive for.  I strive to actually be a better person that is not driven by the simple need for survival, but to actually connect and help people.  This book was actually one of those that helped get me out of that "super shy" phase that I was in because it prompted me to actually talk to people and stop being so afraid of what is coming in the future, because at any given point the powers that be could take it away and we could be struggling in such a situation but encompassing all of society.

I love books that have a world that I can be sucked into, pulled into and ultimately become a part of as well as having quite a bit of my own little quirks tossed into what I already know about the world.  The world in a story has to be something that will draw me in and ultimately make me constantly want to return, and if there was a "lesson" or message to the story that took me more than one time to read that was all the better especially if I became invested in the story and struggled along side the characters.  Some I hate, some I love, some I am indifferent towards, but always something well written will hold my attention.

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    “ go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

    by Caedy on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 05:00:05 AM PDT

  •  somewhere between (3+ / 0-)

    confirmation/catechism and lord of the flies

    i started to believe there was no good in humanity.  

  •  I read that book, I didn't like it but boy is it (4+ / 0-)


    I actualy see similar dramas - gangs forming, bullying others - frequently here on DK.

    This is, of course, the difference between republicans and human beings. - Captain Frogbert

    by glorificus on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 05:43:33 AM PDT

  •  A Classic. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Aunt Pat
  •  A book that is hard to forget (9+ / 0-)

    From Piggy to Ralph to Jack (?), what I remember most is that it absolutely terrified me as a kid. Although I can't place my exact age when I first read it, I do remember being sucked in by the story only to realize that minor breakdown after minor breakdown revealed itslef in total chaos in short order. Although the book became popular because of highschool reading lists, I have found that it is even more haunting to me now.

    Thanks for the diary and the insight--I always look forward to Fridays (when I can get to a computer) because of this series and the pick-me-up it always offers.

  •  I absolutely hated that book. (5+ / 0-)

    Unlike my children, I was only forced to read it once.  

    Her third time was part of the reason my firstborn stopped attending school - I couldn't find it in me to entirely blame her.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 06:24:52 AM PDT

  •  Lord of the Flies (6+ / 0-)

    the world that the Teabaggers are busily trying to create.

    I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

    by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 06:28:06 AM PDT

    •  It's more like teabaggers (0+ / 0-)

      trying to go back to and live like the early humans.

      IMHO the book is a metaphor for human life on this planet.  Way back when we found ourselves alone on this planet with no adult to guide us so we bullied and killed other people for food and survival.  And then things got really out of hand with the advent of weapons and massive armies and the deaths of millions upon millions.  Still no adult to guide the children and perhaps that's where the invention of god comes in, a heavenly being or father was an attempt to slow down or stop the insanity of the out of control children.  However, since the invention of god humans have become more savage and instead of killing other humans for food and survival the killing continued for power and many times for no reason at all.  Or something like that.

      That's where the teabaggers want to go back to, the savage insanity that was seen amoung the early humans and a mirror image of the Lord of Flies.

  •  Thanks for this timely review, Caedy (7+ / 0-)

    As Tara points out, this indeed is the kind of world the Teabaggers would enjoy living in, a world in which the strong bully and murder the weak.

    What a dystopia--between that and A Handmaid's Tale, we'd certainly be done for!  Sounds as if you had a really good high school English teacher, though, who instituted "hands-on" activities to reinforce engagement with the book.  

    You stated:

    In this regard I've also learned that ultimately reverting to the savagery of the children in the book is not something that I strive for.  I strive to actually be a better person that is not driven by the simple need for survival, but to actually connect and help people.
    Yes, this is the important lesson offered by this classic. Thanks for the diary and we hope to have more from you as time goes on.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 06:55:51 AM PDT

  •  I didn't read this book until I was an adult (4+ / 2-)

    And I saw the movie before that - I found it really really disturbing.  

    Your teacher sounds wonderful - this was an opportunity for you to approach a book in different ways (making a cake!  very cool) and for opening up to others.  Sometimes we just need the right environment to work together and get to know each other.  Sort of the opposite of the world of the book.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    What are People For?

    by Knockbally on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 08:30:07 AM PDT

  •  Two things haunted me about this book (7+ / 0-)

    After I read it the first time, I was haunted by the fact that the ship's captain, the "deus ex machina", was in fact embroiled in the same fight for his life, and that the war he was fighting was really no different than the one the boys were waging.  The boys were not yet safe.

    Upon second reading, in college, I was haunted by a new image.  Let's say the boys were rescued, returned home, and resumed a "civilized" life.  They grow up, have their own families.

    And then one day Ralph meets Jack again on a London Street.

    I put myself in Ralph's shoes -- what do I do? How am I supposed to react?

    Perhaps this is not lilely -- there certainly would have been ramifications for their actions on the island, right?

    It still haunts me.

    "Don't bring that horse in here!" -- Cassandra

    by tc59 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 08:35:52 AM PDT

  •  I love the response (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Diana in NoVa

    This is the perfect end to my day (or at least the entrance into my relaxation time before more shopping tomorrow).

    I only had to read it once, but I would read it again just because I did enjoy the time I had to read it.

    I've others that have altered my life, and I will gladly write for this series again.  

    “ go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

    by Caedy on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 03:52:31 PM PDT

  •  OMG HATED it. With a passion. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    One of the books that I know I'm going to end up being required to teach when I become an English teacher, and it's second on my "Oh please no not THAT piece of crap!" list, right after The Scarlet Letter.

    Since I went to a private prep high school, I got all three of the Boys' Prep School All-Boys-Are-Evil trilogy: this thing, A Separate Piece, and Catcher In The Rye.


    Figured there should be one dissenting opinion from a Literature-lover in here :)

    "Maybe: it's a vicious little word that could slay me"--Sara Bareilles

    by ChurchofBruce on Sat Jul 14, 2012 at 10:04:24 AM PDT

    •  Too funny... (0+ / 0-)

      I liked Catcher In The Rye as well, haven't read A Separate Piece yet, and probably should.  

      “ go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

      by Caedy on Sat Jul 14, 2012 at 02:29:35 PM PDT

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