Based on a true episode, this sharply comic novel and Waugh's own biography are entangled in a richly fascinating way. The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold - A Conversation Piece recounts a period of mental confusion and breakdown in the life of Gilbert Pinfold, an established novelist of mature years. Prone to moments of paranoia and memory-loss, he attempts to cure himself by going on a cruise to the tropics. But an active imagination means peace of mind becomes an increasingly illusory destination.
The reader Michael Cochrane is a well-known television and radio actor with over 1000 broadcasts to date. He narrates Gilbert Pinfold's extraordinary journey with great style and illumination, bringing to splendid life many colourful and bizarre characters along the way.
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In 1954, Evelyn Waugh, reacting against a bitterly cold winter, and suffering from bouts of rheumatism and insomnia and forgetfulness, set off alone on a sea voyage to Ceylon. On his return to England, he confided to a friend, ‘I haven't seen you for a long time, but then I've seen so few people because - did you know? - I went mad.' By February 1956 he felt strong enough to describe in detail what happened during the voyage. The result was a short novel, The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold. In this dramatisation Ronald Harwood skilfully recreates the ordeal of a man living through a nightmare of intrigue and conspiracy, beset by hallucinations and voices in the air. Originally starring Michael Hordern. (Cast 12m, 4+f)From the Publisher:
Also by Ronald Harwood, Amber Lane Press have published his biography Sir Donald Wolfit - His Life and Work in the Unfashionable Theatre, and the plays After the Lions, Another Time, The Deliberate Death of a Polish Priest, The Dresser, Interpreters, J.J. Farr, Tramway Road, and an English version of Chekhov's Ivanov.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1962. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140017941
Book Description Penguin Books, 1962. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140017941