The Spire (2014) Audio
Benedict is reading William Golding’s story about a dean who thinks to be chosen to build an impossible high spire.
“The Spire” (1964) is a novel by the English author William Golding, most famous for his novel “Lord of the Flies” (1954). It is the story of a dean, who wants to build an enormously high spire upon his cathedral, a creation against all reason and all calculations.
As Golding was a teacher in Salisbury between 1939 and 1961 it is assumed he thought of the high central tower of the gothic cathedral of Salisbury, completed in 1350 and since then Englands highest spire.
Benedict reads the history of this creation from the perspective of the dean in an almost 7 hour recording.