The Scorpion God: Three Short Novels Paperback – 7 Sep 1973
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Egypt fascinated Golding all his life. Here, in the first of these three stories, Golding recreates the world of ancient Egypt at the time of the earliest pharaohs.
About the Author
William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911. Before he became a schoolmaster he was an actor, a lecturer, a small-boat sailor and a musician. In 1940 he joined the Royal Navy and saw action against battleships, and also took part in the pursuit of the Bismarck. After the war he returned to Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury and was there when his first novel, Lord of the Flies, was published in 1954.He won the Booker Prize for his novel Rites of Passage in 1980, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983. He was knighted in 1988. He died at his home in the summer of 1993. The Double Tongue, a novel left in draft at his death, was published in June 1995.
Top Customer Reviews
This three short novels set in varying places and times exhibit the manifold talents of a writer who has been called the most original and imaginative of his generation. The title piece depicts a challenge to primal authority as the god-ruler of an ancient civilization lingers near death. "Clonk Clonk" is a convincing account of a crippled youth's triumph over his tormentors in a primitive society. "Envoy Extraordinary" is a tale of Imperial Rome and of the poetic illegitimate son of the emperor, whom the emperor loves more than he does his own arrogant, loutish heir.
This is Golding at his best