The Scorpion God
William Golding’s The Scorpion God contains three short novels set in the past civilisations of Egypt, Imperial Rome, and a primitive matriarchal society, from the author of Lord of the Flies.
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The three short novels in this collection, The Scorpion God, show Golding at his playful, ironic and mysterious best. In ‘The Scorpion God’ we see the world of ancient Egypt at the time of the earliest Pharaohs. ‘Clonk Clonk’ is a graphic account of a crippled youth’s triumph over his tormentors in a primitive matriarchal society. And ‘Envoy Extraordinary’ is a tale of Imperial Rome where the emperor loves his illegitimate grandson more than his own arrogant, loutish heir.
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