GOLDING, William. Pincher Martin. London : Faber and Faber, (1956). First Edition. Pp. (6),7-208. 8vo, red cloth, gilt lettering to spine.
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Gekoski & Grogan, William Golding: A Bibliography 1934-1993 A4 (a).
"In the icy desolation of the North Atlantic, three-quarters senseless with cold and shock and terror, Christopher Hadley Martin, temporary Lieutenant, R.N.V.R., was drowning. Then, unbelievably, out of the grey mirk loomed the incredible shape; a shape that must be a ship and yet was too large and too odd to be a ship; a grotesque, motionless, enormous ship on which the waves broke.
Afterwards, when he had hauled himself on to it and collected part of his senses again, Pincher Martin realized where he must be; on that isolated rock-tooth projecting unimaginably from the sea-bed which was a name — and a joke—on all weather-charts. To drink there was a pool of rainwater; to eat there were weed and shellfish and sea-anemones; to talk to there was himself.
Between the hours of waking and of reason — the hours when the gulls like fathered reptiles swooped and screamed and settled — were the hours of sleep and of dreams; the hours of people — of Mary and Alfred and Helen and Sybil; of Nathaniel and the destroyer and of what had happened there; the hours of terror and of truth — of a truth implacably assembled, piece by appalling piece.
On the evidence of Lord of the Flies and The Inheritors Mr Golding has been acclaimed by the critics as a genius; as the most purely original and the most imaginatively exciting novelist we have today. Of this high assessment Pincher Martin is complete confirmation. To its very last sentence it is hypnotically gripping; a superb and terrifying imaginative achievement. Only Mr Golding coud have writen it." - (from the dj).
Owner's name inked to flyleaf, else very good in slightly nicked, price-clipped dustjacket. 300.00