Pincher Martin : The Two Deaths of Christopher Martin (Paperback)

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The sole survivor of a torpedoed destroyer is miraculously cast up on a huge, barren rock in mid-Atlantic. Pitted against him are the sea, the sun, the night cold, and the terror of his isolation. At the core of this raging tale of physical and psychological violence lies Christopher Martin''s will to live as the sum total of his life.


Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mfg Part# 9780156027816
SKU 33704127
Format Paperback
ISBN10 015602781X
Release Date 8/27/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Author Info
William Golding
William Golding's father was a schoolmaster, his mother a suffragette. At the age of 12, he began writing a 12-volume epic novel that began, "I was born in the Duchy of Cornwall on the eleventh of October, 1792, of rich but honest parents." Upon graduating from Oxford, Golding taught English and philosophy at a school in Salisbury until, when World War II began, he served in the navy as a rocket ship commander. LORD OF THE FLIES, his first published novel, appeared in 1954 after being rejected by 21 publishers; Golding was 45. Thereafter, he published five novels in 10 years, to great critical and popular acclaim; then, for 15 years, he published very little, and nothing of significance, until DARKNESS VISIBLE (1979) and RITES OF PASSAGE (1980), for which he won the Booker Prize, restored his reputation. He won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1983. In 1961, he came to the States and spent a year as writer-in-residence at Hollins College. Golding was also an accomplished musician, playing the piano, violin, viola, cello, and oboe. He was knighted in 1988 and died of heart failure in 1993.
"We view an imaginative world of intense power. To read it is to undergo a shattering and memorable experience."
"All romance breaks with the realistic novelist's certainties and exposes the characters to transcendent and testing dangers. But Golding does more than break; he bashes, by the power of his overwhelming sense of the detail of the physical world. He is the most original of our contemporaries."
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Annotation Pincher Martin, a naval officer, is adrift in the Atlantic after his ship is torpedoed. He clings for days to a barren rock, eating sea anemones and trying his best to remain conscious. Delirious, he relives his past. At the end of the novel, it becomes clear that Pincher Martin has been dead all along.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0216
Publisher Mariner Books

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