The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

By Evelyn Waugh (Trade Paperback, 2012)
Gilbert Pinfold is a reclusive Catholic novelist suffering from acute inertia. In an attempt to defeat insomnia he has been imbibing an unappetizing cocktail of bromide, chloral, and creme de menthe. He books a passage on the SS Caliban and, as it cruises towards Ceylon, rapidly slips into madness.
Almost as soon as the gangplank lifts, Pinfold hears sounds coming out of the ceiling of his cabin: wild jazz bands, barking dogs, and loud revival meetings. He is convinced that an erratic public-address system is letting him hear everything that goes on aboard ship . . . until instead of just sounds he hears voices. And not just any voices. These voices are talking, in the most frighteningly intimate way, about him!

  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $15.99 US

    • ISBN-13: 9780316216661

    • On Sale Date: 12/11/2012

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Back Bay Books

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Gilbert Pinfold is a reclusive Catholic novelist suffering from acute inertia. In an attempt to defeat insomnia he has been imbibing an unappetizing cocktail of bromide, chloral, and creme de menthe. He books a passage on the SS Caliban and, as it cruises towards Ceylon, rapidly slips into madness.
Almost as soon as the gangplank lifts, Pinfold hears sounds coming out of the ceiling of his cabin: wild jazz bands, barking dogs, and loud revival meetings. He is convinced that an erratic public-address system is letting him hear everything that goes on aboard ship . . . until instead of just sounds he hears voices. And not just any voices. These voices are talking, in the most frighteningly intimate way, about him!

Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), whom Time called "one of the century's great masters of English prose," wrote several widely acclaimed novels as well as volumes of biography, memoir, travel writing, and journalism. Three of his novels, A Handful of Dust, Scoop, and Brideshead Revisited, were selected by the Modern Library as among the 100 best novels of the twentieth century.
  • "I regard [The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold] as a near-masterpiece...and a revelation of Waugh's inward conflicts and distresses which no biographer can hope to equal in poignancy and truth."

  • "The very model of the modern paranoid novel." (New York Times).

  • "Unblinking candor informs Waugh's dark, comic vision." (Daily Telegraph).

  • "One of the most gifted writers England has produced. . . . This is a terrific edition of a mildly neglected classic." (The Guardian).

  • "Waugh's 'portrait of the artist in middle age' . . . is a genuine gothic horror, a gargoyle to terrify anyone who has ever contemplated a literary career. . . . The acid bath so often prepared for others has now found its way into his own tub. . . . Waugh draws an intimate picture of a distinguished author at bay." (New York Times Book Review).

  • "The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold is a masterpiece of self-portraiture, one of the very best in English fiction."

  • "A masterpiece. . . . Waugh's clear-sightedness about himself . . . is something which, in this taut, brilliantly phrased and crafted story, is itself an assertion of order out of chaos."

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The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $15.99 US
  • Pages: 224
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316216661
  • On Sale Date: 12/11/2012
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