Pincher Martin

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Harcourt, Brace, 1956 - Fiction - 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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Good advice, so I'm passing it on! - Goodreads
Great! The ending makes you feel dreadful.... - Goodreads
Just not into stream of consciousness writing. - Goodreads
A complete page turner. - Goodreads
The whole plot would have only filled ten pages. - Goodreads
The ending will shock you! - Goodreads

Review: Pincher Martin: The Two Deaths of Christopher Martin

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

Golding is never an easy writer and his early (greatest?) novels might be the toughest. Must be read carefully and slowly. But what a dizzying variety of topics--this, earliest humans in The ... Read full review

Review: Pincher Martin: The Two Deaths of Christopher Martin

User Review  - Johan Haneveld - Goodreads

So visceral it hurts, are the words another review on this page used to describe this novel. Especially the first chapters I was in awe at the way Golding described a man clinging to life after being ... Read full review


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About the author (1956)

Born in Cornwall, England, William Golding started writing at the age of seven. Though he studied natural sciences at Oxford to please his parents, he also studied English and published his first book, a collection of poems, before finishing college. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II, participating in the Normandy invasion. Golding's other novels include Lord of the Flies, The Inheritors, The Spire, Rites of Passage (Booker Prize), and The Double Tongue.

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