A Book A Day: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Some advice from your friend Online Offal: Lord of the Flies is not that long of a book but it’s quite possibly the worst novel you can read during your honeymoon, especially if it happens to be on a tropical island.

Lord of the Flies should be required reading, especially for boys, for it explicitly describes toxic masculinity (i.e., men traditionally being considered violent, unemotional and sexually aggressive). A bunch of boys survive a plane crash and create a haphazard society which quickly and violently devolves. Eventually the boys separate into two groups: the ones who have a pair of glasses that’s used to create fire and the ones who don’t. (Interestingly enough, the owner of the glasses is in the have-not group.)

After murdering the boy who owned the glasses, the leader of the have group literally hunts down the leader of the have-not group. He’s rescued at the last minute by an officer who’s shipwrecked on the island.

Even though it was written in the 1950s, this book still holds up today. (I’d argue there are a group of haves and a group of have-nots in this very country, for example.) It shows me as a parent of a boy I have to cut through the garbage of a “macho man” entertainment seems to emulate and show my son he can still be kind and sensitive and a leader, too.

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A Book A Day: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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