Lord of the Flies: ‘Absurd and Uninteresting’?

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  09.01.09 | 11:25 AM ET

Apparently, William Golding’s castaway classic really made the rounds before finally being published, and one unimpressed reader’s note on the manuscript has just surfaced. After calling the book an “absurd and uninteresting fantasy,” she wrote: “A group of children who land in jungle country near New Guinea. Rubbish & dull. Pointless.”

Dull? I’d love to know what her idea of an eventful island getaway is. (Via The Book Bench)

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

1 Comment for Lord of the Flies: ‘Absurd and Uninteresting’?

David 09.06.09 | 9:54 AM ET

Basically, publishers have no idea what they are doing.  If it’s another Harry Potter or DaVinci Code, they are right on it (though they would have turned down the originals), but they are at sea if it is something new.  Were it not prohibitively expensive to do so, they would probably have a higher success rate if they published every manuscript submitted.  Perhaps with electronic publishing they may be able to, if it doesn’t destroy the industry first.  I am glad I am not a publisher.

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