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Scorpion God

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  191 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Three short novels show Golding at his subtle, ironic, mysterious best. The Scorpion God depicts a challenge to primal authority as the god-ruler of an ancient civilization lingers near death. Clonk Clonk is a graphic account of a crippled youth's triumph over his tormentors in a primitive matriarchal society. Envoy Extraordinary is a tale of Imperial Rome where the empero ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published March 15th 1984 by Mariner Books (first published 1971)
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Terence
The Scorpion God is a collection of three novellas. The title story takes place in Egypt, I would guess shortly before or around the time of the First Dynasty (c. 3000 BC); "Clonk Clonk" takes place at some period before the Agricultural Revolution (pre-10,000 BC), maybe in Africa, maybe not; and the final story, "Envoy Extraordinary," takes place in a fictionalized Roman Empire.

The historian in me would like to know more definitely when things happen but Golding's purpose in writing these stori
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Rhys
I have had several William Golding books sitting on my shelves unread for years. He's an author I always intended to get round to one day but somehow never did -- until recently. And what can I say? I'm an instant convert! I now intend to read as many of his books as I can.

The Scorpion God consists of three novellas. They aren't linked by characters, plot or even mood; but they do seem to be related in some deeper way. The first is set in Ancient Egypt, the second in an unspecified African regio
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Malapata
El libro está compuesto por tres relatos independientes ambientados en la antiguedad. En cada uno de ellos asistimos a un breve episodio en la vida de sus protagonistas, cuyos pensamientos, esperanzas y miedos son transmitidos de manera magistral por Golding.

He notado una cierta diferencia entre los dos primeros relatos (El Dios Escorpión y Clonc, Clonc) y el último y más extenso (El enviado especial). En los tres el autor nos demuestra su maestría a la hora de tratar los personajes, pero en esp
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Christian Schwoerke
These three tales by are set in far distant times, which like Golding’s prose, serves to disorient in order to offer new perspectives. Each is something of a speculative tale, a re-imagining of the origins of meanings of things, giving opportunity for contemplative wonder. The Scorpion God ponders a people who more value the eternity of death to the here and now; Clonk Clonk imagines a prehistoric gynocratic society; and The Envoy suggests that steam powered technology, explosives, and printing ...more
Peter
As an Author William Golding is a Nobel Prize winner. He is primarily famed for 'The Lord of the Flies' and little else, whereas he seems to have authored several equally well written, enquiring, imaginative stories that probe and ask intelligent questions.
In this book we have three novellas, all essentially the narratives of outsiders; unlikely people of insight, anti-heroes, visionaries, foreigners and social outcasts. Each is in possession of knowledge or instinct that is transcendent of thei
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Matthew Willis
Three novellas set in antiquity and prehistory, The Scorpion God, Clonk Clonk, and Envoy Extraordinary. All three are in some respects lighter and more overtly comic than Golding's best known output, though the hints of darkness are there too. The title story is set in ancient Egypt immediately before the dynastic period, and is a fascinating imagination of a little-known period, dripping with bathos. Clonk Clonk evokes the perhistoric world Golding created in The Inheritors, albeit set somewhat ...more
Venky
An indispensable read for all Golding fans. The three stories in this collection are characterized by an imagination that is breathtakingly ingenious, by plots that are marvelously mystical and by a narrative that is almost visceral. The primeval setting of the tales is at once shuddering and soothing. William Golding is undoubtedly one of the Lords of story telling.
Jona
I actually really liked these. The first (Egyptian) novella is quite amazing, and Golding's mastery in evoking "alienness" shines through best here (as well as in The Inheritors, which is for various reasons my favorite book of his). The second story is an interesting working out of a famous (and rather controversial) anthropological theory, but is probably the weakest of the three, since its plot doesn't really hold up properly, and the characters are a bit... wonky as well. The third (Roman) n ...more
Simon
Three novellas in one volume, each a trip into history, and yet only the third is to a simply rendered past: Golding alienates the reader from easy recognition by his use of language. You are forced to see the world through the eyes of the narrative. Of course in many ways this is a phantom - we cannot really step into the past and see their world(s) as our ancestors did, but Golding's approach, replacing familiar words with neologisms, renders the past a strange place.

Like The Inheritors, The
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Lexxi Kitty
"Accidentally read the last of the short novels first. The one involving steam power, printing presses, and gunpowder in ancient Rome. - I give that one a rating of 3.5."

"The Scorpion God completed. A story of the Nile. The rise and fall of the river. And the human who is declared a God. Who is to make the river rise, and make the river go down again. - 3.5 stars."

"I have no idea how to "take" the middle short novel. Apparently the point of it is that the only way women can be in control is i
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Paul
Libro con tres historias que se dan en el pasado. La primera se desarrolla en el antiguo Egipto y es la que requiere más atención, es algo confusa, por lo menos fue la que me pareció un poco más difícil de leer que las otras historias. Clonc Clonc, la segunda historia se dan en la era de las cavernas y muestra como las mujeres ya ejercian un poder asolapado sobre los hombres que son los cazadores. Y la tercera en la antigua Roma, la que se mejor se deja leer pues trata de un inventor que crea un ...more
Kristin Guenther
I found the Egyptian and Roman stories entertaining. I could not get into the other.
Jenny
I really liked the Scorpion God -- the story was interesting and I liked the plot twist at the end but my level of interest fell off as I kept reading.
Artem Huletski
Голдинг - искусный хирург, снимающий с человека слой за слоем налёт цивилизованности.
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Sir William Gerald Golding was a British novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his 1954 novel Lord of the Flies. He was awarded the Booker Prize for literature in 1980 for his novel Rites of Passage, the first book of the trilogy To the Ends of the Earth. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983 and was knighted by the Queen of England in 1988.

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