Each of the three tales of imagination in this book is by a master of the art, and in each there is incident and invention enough to surpass most full-length novels.
Envoy Extraordinary by William Golding Tells of a barbarian genius who arrives in ancient Rome with three inventions--and the results are appalling.
Consider Her Ways by John Wyndham Presents a shocking ...more
There is much to say about this collection of 3 stories. I found this by chance at the university library and was very excited to read it since it collects two of my very favourite authors together with another authors whose most well known book (Lord of the Flies) has been read by virtually everyone who has taken a high-school English course.
First there is Golding's Envoy Extraordinary. This is an interesting story about the introduction of the steam engine during the reign of Caesar. the style
Boy In Darkness by Mervyn Peake - Read this one years ago. Here are my notes. Very bleak world, freaky like Dr. Moreau but better. Not as boring, better writing, full of horrific images.
Envoy Extraordinary by William Golding - Read this one in 2015. Often funny, sometimes extremely witty and also interesting.
Consider Her Ways by John Wyndham - Rea ...more
Of the three I found that I enjoyed the second one the most.
The first one was hard to follow due to the author's strict adherence to the way in which Romans probably would have sounded were they speaking English and so therefore their sentences were not always straightforward and if several people were talking it was sometimes hard to figure stuff out.
The last story in the book was not overly complex in plot b ...more
In 2008, The Times ranked Golding third on their list of ...more