a novel by W. Golding.
An aeroplane carrying a party of schoolboys crashes on a desert island. The boys' attempts, led by Ralph and Piggy, to set up a democratically run society quickly fail. Terror rules under the dictator Jack, and two boys are killed; it is only with the arrival of a shocked rescue officer that a mask of civilization returns.
Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).
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William Golding (1911—1993) novelist