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The Double Tongue

William Golding

Meet the Oracle of Delphi in ancient Greece in this transporting tale of the classical world by the radical Nobel Laureate and author of Lord of the Flies.

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9780571299546
Date Published
21.03.2013
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Summary

With an introduction by Meg Rosoff

William Golding’s final novel, left in draft at his death, tells the story of a priestess of Apollo. Arieka is one of the last to prophesy at Delphi, in the shadowy years when the Romans were securing their grip on the tribes and cities of Greece. The plain, unloved daughter of a local grandee, she is rescued from the contempt and neglect of her family by her Delphic role. Her ambiguous attitude to the god and her belief in him seem to move in parallel with the decline of the god himself – but things are more complicated than they appear.

‘A remarkable work … A compelling storyteller as well as a clear-eyed philosopher of the dangerous puzzles of being human.’ The Times

‘A wonderful central character. The story stretches out as clean and dry and clear as the beach in Lord of the Flies.’ Independent

‘Feline, deadpan and at moments hilarious.’ Observer

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William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential writers of modern times. Lord of the Flies, his first novel, has been read by millions, translated into more than forty-five languages, and adapted for screen and stage drama. He drew on his own experience as a teacher and his service in the…

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