The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold by Evelyn Waugh


The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold remains one of Eveyln Waugh’s most remarkable and self-revealing works. Three years before he wrote it, Waugh suffered “a brief bout of hallucination” similar to the one that besets Mr. Pinfold in this wildly witty and occasionally frightening novel.

A successful, middle-aged novelist with a case of “bad nerves,” Gilbert Pinfold embarks on a recuperative trip to Ceylon. Almost as soon as the gangplank lifts, Mr. Pinfold hears sounds coming out of the ceiling of his cabin: wild jazz bands, barking dogs, loud revival meetings. He can only infer that somewhere concealed in his room an erratic public-address system is letting him hear everything that goes on aboard ship. And then, instead of just sounds, he hears voices. But they are not just any voices. These voices are talking, in the most frightening intimate way, about him!

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A hardback edition with blue boards, gilt lettering and clipped illustrated dust jacket. There is foxing and toning throughout but the text is clear and legible. There is a previous owner’s blue ink inscription on the inside front page. There is some rubbing along the edges of the dust cover. All in all, the DJ is in good condition.

Now in a protective plastic cover to prevent damage.

Publisher: Chapman and Hall, London.

Publication Date: 1957.

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