Books: Small Marvels

THE SCORPION GOD by WILLIAM GOLDING 178 pages. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. $5.95.

William Golding looks like every one's favorite uncle, the kind who pulls silver dollars out of your ear and is al ways just back from Tashkent. It oc curs to the reader, as he inspects Golding's wise and mischievous mug on the dust jacket, that no one has pulled silver dollars out of his ear for a long time. It used to be fun.

It still is fun. What Golding is up to in these three short novels resembles, in fact, the best...

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