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The Scorpion God: Three Short Novels Paperback – 7 Sep 1973

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; New Edition edition (7 Sept. 1973)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0571102328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571102327
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 1.4 x 18.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 847,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Three different stories in three different ages. They are all about an individual in a moral conflict with society or with its rulers. In the novels written by William Golding -from "Lord of the flies" to "The Double Tongue"- there is always a conflict with any form of society, even the most primitive and even among children ('Lord of the Flies').

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
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By John Hopper VINE VOICE on 27 July 2007
Format: Paperback
Not an inspiring trio of stories, though I would have expected the ancient world backdrop to make them appeal to me. The ancient Egypt one I managed to get through with a bit of a struggle, but the prehistoric one I gave up on after only a few pages, the Roman one a bit further (I'm spoiled by Saylor and McCullough). They lack the naturalism I expect from historical fiction that I like (and which is present in the author's Lord of the Flies).
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Fascinating and thought provoking but not an easy read. I liked the Envoy Extraordinary the best though Scorpion god was interesting
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I am gradually working my way through the books of William Golding in between others and this is a typical Golding
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