Friday, August 3, 2012
Book Beginnings: Lord of the Flies
Every Friday Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. What you do is share the opening line(s) of the book you are currently reading and briefly discuss what you think about the opening line or the book or whatever else inspires you. Make sure to share your entry with Rose City Reader and in my comments below.
Here's my book beginning:
"The boy with fair hair lowered himself own the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon. Though he had taken off his school sweater and trailed it now from one hand, his grey shirt stuck to him and his hair was plastered to his forehead. All round him the long scar smashed into the jungle was a bath of heat. He was clambering heavily among the creepers and broken trunks when a bird, a vision of red and yellow, flashed upwards with a witch-like cry; and this cry was echoed by another."
-Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
The novel begins after a plane has crashed into an island, stranding a large group of boys, including the one described above, Ralph. I'm not quite halfway into it, but I have a feeling that something bad is going to happen soon. There's a lot of tension between some of the boys, who have a love for their new found freedom, but also a desire to be rescued by adults. I guess I'll just have to read on.