Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Guest Review: The Goats

Here's a guest review from Danielle, who was nice enough to drop off this and another review last week. I, too, recently read The Goats and found it awesome! --Justin

If Lord of the Flies was written by Lauren Myracle, it might end up something like this. The Goats is like Lord of the Flies from the point of view of the scapegoats, and it addresses human nature in a much more understandable way than the original classic.

When two children at summer camp are stripped and left overnight on an island together as 'goats', they decide that instead of just sitting around until morning, they are going to leave. So they embark on a journey off the island, and spend the next several days travelling around together.

This book is a sit-down-and-read-it-all-at-once book, with cliff-hanger chapters that leave you gnawing at your nails and wondering what is going to happen next.

As an avid hater of Lord of the Flies, I thought The Goats was a fabulous alternative that seemed similar in the fact that human nature was still addressed as a major topic, but that the more modern interpretation makes the book so much more enjoyable and interesting. I would strongly recommend it to anyone interested in classics, but wishing a more readable version.

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