Pincher Martin

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Faber & Faber, 1956 - Airplane crash survival - 208 pages
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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.

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User Review  - ajbarnett - LibraryThing

I read this book many years ago - pre-university days. Then it was just called Pincher Martin. It was complex and needed some working out, but boy, did it leave an impression. The book is quite a literary feat - not for the faint-hearted reader. Read full review

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User Review  - eleanor_eader - LibraryThing

A British sailor is close to drowning after his vessel is torpedoed. He fights for survival… first the sea, then the almost barren rock he climbs and the elements that continue to grind him down as ... Read full review

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About the author (1956)

William Golding was born in Cornwall, England on September 19, 1911. Although educated to be a scientist at the request of his father, he developed an interest in literature. At Oxford University, he studied natural science for two years and then transferred to a program for English literature and philosophy. He eventually became a schoolmaster at Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury. During World War II, he joined the Royal Navy and was involved in the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck. After the war, he returned to Bishop Wordsworth's School and taught there until 1962. His first novel, Lord of the Flies, was published in 1954 and was made into a film in 1963. His other novels include The Inheritors, Free Fall, The Spire, The Pyramid, The Paper Men, Close Quarters, and Fire down Below. He won the Booker Prize for Rites of Passage in 1980 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983. He also wrote plays, essays, and short stories. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1988. He died on June 19, 1993.

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