A Terrific Story About Castaway Kids or How a Society Works

Have you ever considered a situation where you find yourself on a deserted island and have to survive? I’m sure that most of us have. Lately, this particular topic has been largely discussed and explored. Numerous movies, video games, and reality shows about survival are very popular nowadays. However, today I would like to bring to your attention a very unusual book. Its storyline also takes place on a deserted island; however, its characters are faced with far more serious problems than a mere survival.  They also learn how to remain humans during hard times and horrible challenges. Today I would like to tell you about the “Lord of Flies” by William Golding.

The story has a really magnificent and, at the same time, terrifying plot. From the very beginning it captures the reader’s attention and holds it till the end. The narration begins on the coast of an inhabitant island. The author tells us that during an unknown war, a plane carrying a group of boys, crashes by the deserted island. The kids are the only survivors. In the beginning, they try to collaborate and make up some rules in order to survive and send a signal to the ship or a plane in case one passes nearby. However, after some time passes, one of the power hungry boys decides to overthrow the current leader by building his own gang. He uses fear, intimidation, and manipulation to convince other boys follow his lead. The budding conflict leads to a scary and bloody fight between a group of the three kids who try to think logically and follow the rules and a large group of those who abandon the rules of the society and turn into savages led by instincts.

There are numerous problems and questions presented in the book. First of all, the author shows us how people from good and educated families can become violent and uncontrolled under certain circumstances. He tells us how a single person can put an entire society in great danger, led by a simple desire to rule. The book also illustrates how easily one can abandon personal beliefs and societal norms and follow the crowd instead of using their own judgement.

Overall book has a very strong plot, but what’s more important, it presents readers with very important and deep problems. The book left a great impression on me, and the author’s thoughts regarding fragile society norms are amazing. It is no surprise that after publishing it soon became very popular.

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Introduction

Hello everyone! My name is Dmitrii Zhelnov, and this is my book blog. Here, I would like to provide you with short reviews and reflections on books that seem interesting to me. I hope that you will find this blog informative and useful.

Today I would like to talk about a book, written by Japanese author Miyazawa Kenji. He is well known for writing short stories and poems for kids. However, a great amount of those stories have a much deeper meaning than they seem to have. Thus, I would like to tell you about his novel called “Milky Way Railroad” also known as “Night on the Galactic Railroad”. 

This book made a great impression on me. When I read it for the first time, I didn’t understand most of its hidden questions. To better understand it, I had to re-read it for a couple of times, and the more I read it, the more I liked it. The book has a well-developed storyline accompanied by great philosophical questions. It is about a boy whose name is Giovanni. He lives with his sick mother, and he has to work to earn money for family, while his father is on the expedition. In his dreams the boy travels on a fantastic train through the Milky way.  During his journey, he sees a lot of interesting places and meets different kinds of people. While the story might remind of a fairytale, it actually has a great philosophical background. It provides the author’s thoughts on life and death, true happiness, and relationship between people. The writer presents these thoughts through a bright and colorful description of events and well-crafted dialogues.

Overall, I would like to recommend this book to both kids and adults. While the first will consider this book a fairytale, the latter will enjoy its deep philosophical thoughts. However, not everyone will like it because of its complicated writing style.