With the exception of 'Lord of the Flies', Golding’s strange, haunting, difficult novels have few readers these days, and his posthumous reputation is neglected and in decline.
Since Herbert Butterfield vivisected Macaulay’s 'History of England' in the 1930s, it has been derided as a canonical example of “Whig history”—that venerable sectarian mythology designed to champion liberalism and Protestantism as the twin engines of human progress.
Jane Austen's Fight Club, TwoTurntablesNMic, at You Tube (via InstaPundit)
In contrast to Lewis [Bernard Lewis in 'Faith and Power'], who depicts Islam as aggressive from the start, Donner [Fred M. Donner in 'Muhammed and the Believers'] shows that contemporary followers of other religions initially, and perhaps even for several generations, regarded Islam as an open-minded and not specially threatening movement with universalist aspirations.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Golding to The Koran
On authors in my recommended reading: