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William Golding was English, intimately knowledgeable about the Anglican Church and the (sometimes stifling) orthodoxies of conventional English life. In the novel "Lord Of The Flies", he takes on a large number of assumptions about people, their behaviour in groups and the social forces which bind us into civilizations and the thin veneer of culture which lubricates our lives.

The novel centers on a group of English school boys in the process of evacuation to a safe area of the world following the outbreak of nuclear war in Europe. (This migration, or sending-away, echoes much of the history of children and youth sent from England to work in Canada on the farms of the prairies, and in the small towns of Ontario. In addition, children have often been sent away from big cities in times of war, so the context is fairly plausible.)

The story is a fantastic mix of parable, parody, fable and the possible. As you read the story, keep asking yourself two questions: what have the boys really lost now, (this time), and what would I do in this sort of situation? The book reveals more about us that we would like to know.

You will find more information on William Golding behind This Link. (The link goes to the work of Petri Liukkonen at www.authorscalendar.net)

You may also contact me directly at martin@aller-stead.com