The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold


This is a frank and penetrating self-portrait, written by Evelyn Waugh. The novel began as a therapeutic exercise, suggested by a psychiatrist, and tells of a reclusive Catholic novelist suffering from acute inertia.

ISBN: 9780141184500 Author: Waugh, Evelyn Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 29th June 2006 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.912 (edition:23) Pages: xlix, 165 Language: English Edition: Reissue Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

This disquieting, sharply comic novel recounts a period of mental breakdown in the life of Gilbert Pinfold, an established novelist of mature years

An inability to control his fantasies sends Gilbert Pinfold, a well-known author, cruising on a Ceylon-bound liner to recuperate. Yet, to his horror, the hallucinations increase and life on board becomes very embarrassing. This curious and diverting novel throws new light on Evelyn Waugh’s remarkable talent.

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