Henri Jean, I agree that LORD OF THE FLIES deals with leadership--it would be a good discussion if I could get students to analyze what makes a good leader. Stuff like this is what I meant when I said I could teach the book, even though I don't really like it. I could bring up themes that can yield good discussion: loss of innocence (again, I think it's overdone), leadership, instinct, individual vs. group identity, etc.
My very favorite book is THE ODYSSEY. Followed closely by anything from Steinbeck. It's OK for an English major to not like something--in fact, it's one of my biggest peeves when English majors pretend to love everything they read, as if that's a rule!
I will stop talking about this!