The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold by Evelyn Waugh

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!

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The 1950th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 40th on 100 Best Novels in English Since 1900 (Counterpunch)

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Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold Hardcover 988166 $6.00 $3.50 1979
The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold: A Conversation Piece (Penguin Modern Classics Fiction) Paperback 6070702 $10.54 $8.48 2006
20th Century Ordeal Of Gilbert Pinfold (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) Paperback 5660024 $80.75 $63.50 1999
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The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold Hardcover 2656591 $17.13 $7.00 2011
The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold (Twentieth Century Classics) Paperback 5205990 $3.00 1989
The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold Mass Market Paperback 10280179 $3.10 1962
The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold Kindle Edition 238676 $9.99 2012
The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold, and Other Stories ... Hardcover 14045284 $37.35 1973
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