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Title: The Double Tongue.
Description: London, Faber and Faber. 1995. (ISBN: 0571175260) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 165 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H). "An aged prophetess at Delphi, the most sacred oracle in ancient Greece, looks back over her strange life as the Pythia, the First Lady and voice of the god Apollo. As a young virgin with disturbing psychic powers, Arieka was handed over to the service of the shrine by her parents. She has now spent sixty years as the very medium, the torn mouthpiece, of equivocal mantic utterances from the bronze tripod in the sanctuary beneath the temple. Over a lifetime at the mercy of god and priest and people she has watched the decay of Delphi's fortunes and its influence in the world. Her reflections on the mysteries of the oracle, which her own weird gifts have embodied, are matched by her feminine insight into the human frailties of the High Priest himself, a true Athenian, whose intriguing against the Romans brings about humiliation and disaster. This extraordinary short novel, left in draft at the author's sudden death in 1993, is a psychological and historical triumph. An absolutely convincing portrait of a woman's experience, something rare in Golding's oeuvre, Arieka the Pythia is one of his finest creations." Small bump to top corner of both boards. Dust jacket has very minor edge wear, wrinkling at top of flap-folds - very light edge wear elsewhere, minor rubbing. Very Good/Very Good.

Keywords: Myths, Legends, Greek, Delphi, Prophets, Prophetesses, Oracles, Ancient, Pythia, Apollo, Gods, Goddesses, Psychic Powers, Mediums, Mysteries, Rome, Romans, Psychological, Historical, Arieka. 0571175260

Price: US$ 12.50 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 18666

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