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Old 09-03-2009, 08:14 AM   #1
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William Golding: rapist

William Golding, author of such novels as Lord of the Flies, has been exposed as an attempted rapist. He detailed his sexual perversions in a recently discovered memoir. Moreover, he admitted that he had actually experimented with the themes that underscore Lord of the Flies: he pitted young kids against one another in harsh environments to examine the results.

Guardian article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009...attempted-rape

NB: From the article – 'Carey [the professor looking into the rapes] quotes the memoir as partially excusing the attempted rape [by Golding] on the grounds that Dora was "depraved by nature" and, at 14, was "already sexy as an ape".'
—Dunno about you guys, but when I see an ape at the zoo, my first thought is not "break me off a piece of THAT." >_<

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Old 09-03-2009, 10:36 AM   #2
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This is awesome. Makes me actually like the man's work a lot more, knowing how real it was to him. Not that he's a great guy for what he did, but his work still stands as truly magnificent and is only enhanced by this news.
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Can't really condone what he did, but I can't hate him either. Either way, he was still great at what he did, so it doesn't make much difference to me.
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Can't really condone what he did, but I can't hate him either. Either way, he was still great at what he did, so it doesn't make much difference to me.
Well to be honest, after reading pieces of the memoir he left behind, I'm not sure what he did would constitute as attempted rape these days; it's more like coercion, and she ran away and he didn't pursue her.

They hooked up a few years later. Sounds like she was into him and either teasing him or playing hard to get. I'll have to read the biography when it comes out to decide for sure, but from where it stands now, I don't see him doing much wrong.
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This much is true. Very much so. I need to read the memoir more closely though, there's some things I think I missed.
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Same. I'm holding off on a final verdict until I read more from multiple sources.
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