The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold by Evelyn Waugh audiobook

The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

By Evelyn Waugh
Read by Simon Prebble

Little, Brown & Company 9780316925952
4.67 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781619693982

"The very model of the modern paranoid novel" (New York Times) and an ambitious work of semi-autobiographical fiction from one of England's greatest novelists. 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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Summary

"The very model of the modern paranoid novel" (New York Times) and an ambitious work of semi-autobiographical fiction from one of England's greatest novelists.



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!


Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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 very model of the modern paranoid novel.” New York Times
“Unblinking candor informs Waugh’s dark, comic vision.” Daily Telegraph (London)
“The hallucinogenic visions that novelist Gilbert Pinfold experiences are an ideal canvas for a skilled performer like Simon Prebble…Pinfold hears a vast range of sounds emanating from the ceiling of his cabin, including frighteningly belligerent and abusive dialogues that Prebble adroitly delivers…Waugh’s descriptive powers and dry wit glow in this dark, and sometimes funny, self-portrait.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Evelyn Waugh

Author Bio: Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh (1903–1966) was born October 28, 1903 in London, England. After short periods as an art student and schoolmaster, he devoted himself to travel and to the writing of novels. His novels are unusually highly wrought and precisely written. Those written before 1939 may be described as satirical. During World War II his writing took a more serious and ambitious turn. Waugh also wrote travel books. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 4.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English