Lio by Mark Tatulli


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  1. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Say wha’?!?

  2. lippyfish

    lippyfish said, about 3 years ago

    beat me to it… i recognized it right away… i’m afraid to think what the organized sports are going to be.

  3. Alexikakos

    Alexikakos said, about 3 years ago

    “The Catcher in the Rye” is one of the most badly written books of the 20th century. As a teenager I read better written pornographic “novels.” “The Catcher in the Rye;” just plain bad, bad, bad!

  4. Sisyphos

    Sisyphos said, about 3 years ago

    Lord of the Flies meets Lio. I expect Lio to be the final survivor.
    P.S. I did not enjoy mandatory sports, because I am and was so bad at sports; and some were rough at my all-boys school back in the day (I have especially un-fond memories of boxing)….

  5. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 3 years ago

    re: baslim

    were you forced to read the “unabridged” version with it’s constant %&#$&@’s ? We had to read that in high school in the mid 1980s.
    No plot. Just a psychotic’s point of view as he screws up one thing after another.
    One wonders if any of the things the teacher tried to read into it actually existed or not.
    One thing i’ve never understood about the 60s generation. Why did pigslop suddenly become “art” and why did those shoveling it suddenly become “geniuses”?

  6. Nachikethass

    Nachikethass said, about 3 years ago

    I am rather mystified! I am an Indian, an MA in English Literature. I found all those books you mention to be very good. Of course – some of the good books make you uncomfortable. However, isn’t it better to have some reaction than to forget a book the minute after you put it down? One thing though – I do agree ‘Catcher’ was not all that it is made up to be… A bit irritating, even.

  7. BBWolf128

    BBWolf128 said, about 3 years ago

    This does not bode well for our hapless hero.

  8. Walking_Man_Comics

    Walking_Man_Comics said, about 3 years ago

    “kill the pig! kill the pig”

  9. NoMo'ol'tomcats

    NoMo'ol'tomcats said, about 3 years ago

    The Guardian’s article on Golding’s private papers:

    “Golding’s papers also described how he had experimented, while a teacher at a public school, with setting boys against one another in the manner of Lord of the Flies, which tells the story of young air crash survivors on a desert island during a nuclear war.

    The author’s psychological experiments with his classes at Bishop Wordsworth’s school, in Salisbury, caused his eyes “to come out like organ stops”, according to his private journal.
    He divided pupils into gangs, with one attacking a prehistoric camp and the other defending it.

    In the process, Simon, Ralph, Piggy and the other characters in Lord of the Flies may have been born."

  10. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave said, about 3 years ago

    My buddy Jim

  11. SKJAM!

    SKJAM! GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Lord of the Flies was written partly as a “Take That:” to such books as “The Coral Island”, in which a bunch of British schoolboys are stranded on an island and maintain proper society just fine, thank you.

    One of Robert A. Heinlein’s juveniles was written specifically as a reaction to Lord of the Flies, forget the title, but it has properly-trained kids being stranded and doing just fine.

  12. WSR

    WSR said, about 3 years ago

    And above the entrance were the words, “Abandon all hope ye who enter”.

  13. CoBass

    CoBass said, about 3 years ago


    Re: Heinlein juvenile written as a reaction to Lord of the Flies

    I believe you’re thinking of Tunnel in the Sky

  14. Dypak

    Dypak GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @Nachikethass I grew up in the 60’s, that’s when I read LOTF. I thought it was an exciting, dramatic book. The part that had the most impact on me was how some managed to maintain their humanity in the face of the worst possible situation.I didn’t read CITR until I was an adult, after my son had read it in school and wanted to discuss it. I think the perspective of age makes a difference on whom you identify with in the book. I am a teacher and so Holden’s relationship with his English teacher always sticks in my mind. I am glad I read it.

    My friends, watch this:
    Nachikethass, do not be mystified, these are both incredible, wonderful, great books. Truly classics of modern literature. Their failure to be appreciated lies within ourselves, and not with the books. Perhaps we read them to young. Or read them for the wrong reasons and could not appreciate them. Or we read them with a phoney for a teacher. They are both great books. And as such should be read slowly, thoughtfully, and discussed with others interested in understanding and appreciating.

  15. Dypak

    Dypak GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago


    Yes, there is a big difference in being trained and expecting to be marooned and suddenly being plucked from your life and dropped into a ‘Lost’ type of situation. Tunnel in the Sky was one of my favorite books as a kid. I enjoyed it much more than I did Lord of the Flies. But am glad I read both.

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