Scorpion God Paperback – March 15, 1984
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About the Author
Pincher is a selfish man and a thief, greedy fellow. He fanatically keeps asserting his autonomy and resists the power of God, because he himself wants to be the dominant force. His ‘story of life’ is trying to subject others to his will. Martin perseveres in his defiance of God no matter how futile and painful its consequences, thus demonstrating free will at its most perverse. Martin goes on asserting his autonomy even when he is reduced to a pair of claws, even when the claws are worn away too, and Pincher Martin as a personality is annihilated.
His dogmatic attitude, his ‘enjoyment’ in challenging God; - a risk taking activity which expresses his inner need to demonstrate his strength and masculinity – are very typical for the Aggressive Style of character.
- Publisher : Mariner Books; First edition (March 15, 1984)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 180 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0156796589
- ISBN-13 : 978-0156796583
- Item Weight : 8.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.51 x 5.55 x 0.46 inches
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As I read the stories, I was frustrated with the lack of detail and context. Although I could place the characters and their actions, the stories dragged tremendously. After I read quiet a few reviews, I feel that I better understand the point of the stories. Nevertheless, the felt like a chore to read, especially compared to some of Golding's other works.
This three short novels set in varying places and times exhibit the manifold talents of a writer who has been called the most original and imaginative of his generation. The title piece depicts a challenge to primal authority as the god-ruler of an ancient civilization lingers near death. "Clonk Clonk" is a convincing account of a crippled youth's triumph over his tormentors in a primitive society. "Envoy Extraordinary" is a tale of Imperial Rome and of the poetic illegitimate son of the emperor, whom the emperor loves more than he does his own arrogant, loutish heir.
This is Golding at his best
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Each tale needs to be read in one sitting for the whole effect to hit;Golding is not the sort of writer where you can read a couple of pages then go back to later. His writing has a cumulative effect, and his anthropological observations are acute.
My particular favourite was 'Clonk Clonk' as it was very much in the vein of (to me) his greatest work,'The Inheritors'.