Friday, November 18, 2011 | Categories: SiriusXM 169 |
Today on the show an interview with William Golding, the author of Lord of the Flies. Millions of young people have read this story of a group of boys stranded on an island. For many of us, it was our first introduction to the concept of groupthink and the idea of the inherent evil within us all. In 1983, Golding won the Nobel Prize for Literature in large part due to the strength and success of the book.
In contrast to the serious themes of Lord of the Flies, this interview with Golding is quite light-hearted. The year was 1985. The host is the witty and wicked Vicki Gabereau. Golding wasn't all that interested in talking about his books and writings. Sounds odd, but that's in character for him. He wasn't overly fond of his own writing. He often criticized Lord of the Flies, calling it "boring and crude."
As you'll hear, he says the world of literature is a "nasty business" best avoided. He's much more interested in talking about his love of music and horses. Vicki just rolled with it. As a result, the conversation is a fascinating portrait of a man who wasn't at all comfortable in his role as a great writer.