There was not a crack in the sky, not a blemish on the dense blue enamel...
Three short novels 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 pharoahs. 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 arrogant, loutish heir.
Judy discusses the three novellas collected in this volume.
At this time, Golding was experiencing a number of difficulties. He began writing his dream diary in 1971, and an undated entry was entitled ‘History […]
The title story of The Scorpion God is set in Ancient Egypt and features the custom of the mummification of pharaohs. In his introduction to the new […]
'Every detail in Golding is imaginatively right'.Craig Raine