As a non-native English speaker, I always felt at a disadvantage from most native English writers not only because any given writer would be better practiced than I am in his native language, but also that any one of my peers has read several great works of literature at school while I haven’t. Most schools in Lebanon never give students reading assignments—except for short stories in academic books which have no literary merit whatsoever.
If you know me well enough, you will know that I don’t make excuses when it comes to improving my craft. Even though I’m way behind many writers when it comes to reading, it’s never too late to catch up– especially for a fast reader like myself. One of the books on the list was Animal Farm by George Orwell, which I read and finished in two days this week. The other is Lord of the Flies, which I’m currently enjoying. While I don’t have an English literature teacher slash aspiring writer to help me analyze the book as I go, I will have to rely on myself to do that. I will also be sharing my favorite quotes from the book. Here’s one of my favorite so far.
11 thoughts on “Book Quotes: Lord of the Flies”
I would never guess that you were not a native english speaker from reading your post. You write excellent
I am fighting the urge to give you a reading list. haha But if you haven’t read it yet I would suggest Jane Eyre, it is my favorite novel.
Supressing your urges may lead to calamitous physical and psychological consequences. Please, feel free to give me as long a reading list as you like. And, Jane Eyre is on my list 🙂 🙂
Joseph Conrad, born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, may be an inspiration for you. He was a Pole who taught himself English and became one of the world’s greatest writers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Conrad
Keep up your dedication and good work!
Thanks again. 🙂 🙂
Don’t think of it as a disadvantage. Think of it as your having access to a whole slew of idioms and sayings a native speaker of English would never think of.
Cool quote. 🙂
Thank you for your comment. It is a nice way to think about it 🙂
Learning Korean has actually been really good for my writing in English. The ways that Koreans made their sayings, the poetic expressions, they’re great for coming up with fresh ideas in my work. Check out my translations of Korean poems, if you’re interested.
One of my favorite books… very chilling.
Are there any moves by individuals or organisations to encourage the teaching of literature in Lebanon? I find it strange that literature isn’t taught. Lord Of The Flies is a wonderful book which, I am sure you will enjoy reading. Kevin
Unfortunately, there aren’t any organizations that encourage literature. Maybe I’ll start one 🙂 thank you for your comment.