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Pincher Martin by William Golding 1964


Title: Pincher Martin
Author: William Golding
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 1964
Format: Paperback
Condition: This book is in good condition for its age other than some minor signs of wear.

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Reader's note

Just as in Lord of the Flies, William Golding worked out the deepest and most primitive human instincts in the behaviour of a party of boys abandoned on a coral island, so in Pincher Martin he makes the plight of a castaway sailor serve as an epitome of humanity on this planet. Martin is Prometheus, chained to a rock. With exact symbolism and terrifying precision we are shown every level of the consciousness of intelligent man, as he pits his wits against thirst, hunger, cold, insanity, and death. Whether his hopeless refuge is seen as a remote Atalntic rock or the lonely hallucination of a drowning man, the mind of Pincher Martin emerges with the elemental outlines of a statue by Epstein or Henry Moore.