Pincher Martin

Pincher Martin 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 th

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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Pincher Martin

  1. Sir William Gerald Golding was a British novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his 1954 novel Lord of the Flies Golding spent two years in Oxford focusing on sciences however, he changed his educational emphasis to English literature, especially Anglo Saxon.During World War II, he was part of the Royal Navy which he left five years later His bellic experience strongly influenced his future novels.Later, he became a teacher and focused on writing.Some of his influences are classical Greek literature, such as Euripides, and The Battle of Maldon, an Anglo Saxon oeuvre whose author is unknown.The attention given to Lord of the Flies, Golding s first novel, by college students in the 1950s and 1960s drove literary critics attention to it.He was awarded the Booker Prize for literature in 1980 for his novel Rites of Passage, the first book of the trilogy To the Ends of the Earth He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983 and was knighted in 1988.In 2008, The Times ranked Golding third on their list of The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

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  1. In my house growing up there were, I am glad to say, many books Once I hit my early teens and began to seriously get a reading obsession, I would raid my parent s shelves for anything that might catch my eye I was, I suspect, about 14 when this 1962 Penguin edition fell into my hands Look at that cover Just look at it for a second How could I not want to read it How could I not be already a little terrified Reading it over the next few nights is one of the most profound early ish memories I have [...]

  2. Description 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.Opening He was struggling in every direction, he was the centre of the writhing and kicking knot of his own body There was no up or down, no light and no [...]

  3. The worst experience I ve ever had with a book I lost it on purpose after failing to pawn it off on someone who asked me why I hated it I told them and they said forget it.If you want a book filled with descriptive material that finds you rereading paragraphs because your mind has wandered onto something interesting, a book with the biggest anti ending of any book I ve ever read, read this book.

  4. Golding is a masterful stylist the prose in Pincher Martin is so visceral it hurts and this novel rank among his best works, right up there with The Inheritors and Rites of Passage Explorations of guilt, of insufficiency, of the pettiness of humankind, all written up in a language that barely leaves one room for reflection and recollection because it is so close to true, REAL experience Golding works right at the interface between the thought and the felt in that, he s like Cormac McCarthy, but [...]

  5. I included British writer William Golding in my favorite writer list on , along with one of America s best novelists Toni Morrison andE L Doctorow , Dutch writer Ian McEwan, famous American educator Frank McCourt, one of America s best essayists Richard Rodriguez ,one of the best Black American revolutionary writer Richard Wright, atheists Sam Harris andChristopher Hitchens , and Filipino children writer Genaro Gojo Cruz His classic novel Lord of the Flies demonized me to ostentatiously display [...]

  6. This is another book, like Ragtime, that for me evokes memories of a specific time and place than of the book itself It was sometime around 1980, and having walked and hitched from the beginning of the Appalachian Trail to the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, I eventually found myself on the coast outside Ipswich Having spent one very buggy night on the beach I was headed back into town when a wonderful gentleman by the name of Diggory Venn picked me up having heard my story he turned aroun [...]

  7. Pincher Martin is the second book from 1956 about shipwreck on a deserted island Boon Island by Kenneth Roberts is the first Pincher Martin however, is alone on his rock in the mid Atlantic and though he thinks of himself as a rational, educated and resourceful fellow, when faced with death he goes quite mad Pincher is British slang meaning a nautical person, one who serves on ships, etc This pincher s Christian name was Christopher and as we enter his mind, we learn that he has been a greedy, s [...]

  8. A marvellous literary supplement to any reading of Spinoza, Descartes, Liebniz, even phenomenologists such as Merleau Ponty While, superficially, Pincher Martin is a survival story, its primary conflict is found not as man vs environment but rather man vs self The novel is a meditation on the philosophical Theories of Substance Golding chronicles the interactions of mind and body, iterating the enmeshment of their respective existences The outer surface of the body the skin of main character Chr [...]

  9. Impenetrable on first reading I have read much of Golding s work he taught diffidently at my local grammar school and am baffled as to why he enjoys such popularity Literally succinct his stories range from the grotesque of Lord of the Flies, the recondite of Rites of Passage and the implausible of Pincher Martin I hope the Inheritors enables me better to understand his genius I will let you know in due course but please, don t hold your breath.

  10. I ve been told that the book is man s struggle to stay alive I came looking to see if I can find reasons for that struggle There were no reasons, but survival instinct, primeval urge to stay alive What I found was madness And it was authentic one, described to the small details Madness which comes out of loneliness Every movement, feeling and thought is given for an experience from the first hand I was asking myself what Golding decided to went through so he can write it that truthfully You look [...]

  11. Just started this, and it s been on my to read list for a while I really like Golding as a writer, he s both uncannily clear and also quite elliptic in his writing This has got off to a cracking, or perhaps crashing startOk, weekend away in Melbourne and I finished this on the plane I also upgraded this from a 4 to a 5 star rating Just simply, brilliant I forgot how much I really like Golding s writing This was a remorseless, unceasing read, and of course with an extravagantly brilliant bleak en [...]

  12. It must have been about 20 years since I read The Lord of the Flies I was still a teenager, and it was one of my first books that I read in English Even though I had to look up a lot of words, I remember how taken I was with that book When I finished it, I thought wow Much later, I read The Inheritors , which bored me to death I didn t know what Golding was talking about It was a book about cave men, written from a cave man s perspective, including the presumably respective language Most of the [...]

  13. I know that the author was trying to capture the experience of being confused and feeling disconnected from the body, and I think he did a great job with that, but it made it hard to stay in the story I think I d have to read this book again to really get it I did like how he wove the history leading to the event into the dreams and hallucinations, and I thought that the foreshadowing of the ending was subtle, but satisfying It took me a LONG time to read this book, though, because I found it ea [...]

  14. I thought that this book was extremely difficult to comprehend I would not recommend this book to a friend William Golding lacks excitement and anticipation which made me lose focus as well as interest Pincher Martin is about the death of a man named Christopher Martin He is dead throughout the entire book but the audience doesn t find out until the very end The whole story is essentially flashbacks throughout Martin s life leading up to him loosing his sanity This book really empathizes Golding [...]

  15. Published a year or two after LOTF Excellent Worth reading if you d like to explore of Golding s work Be warned, it is incredibly dark Like much of Golding s other work, it explores human nature He has an interesting thesis in this work that greed is an overwhelmingly powerful force that drives us, and that the ultimate expression of it is greed for your own life self preservation.

  16. Incredibly compelling Golding s virtuoso prose pushes the limits The sheer physicality of his descriptions, the sense of exhaustion and pain, is almost overwhelming Occasionally, the narrative breaks down on purpose into terrifying abstractions It s a punishing read.

  17. Read this at a rough time The book is concerned about morality primarily, with theological undertones, but could very much apply to disenchanted mental terrains as well.

  18. Well The first few dozen pages of this was a great deal of suffering But then the book went off and it was amazing to see how the author dealt with a small geographic as well as storyline space.

  19. This book is a bizarre, and often dreary read I picked it up because I loved Golding s Lord of the Flies, but it didn t meet the same standard That isn t to say, however, that there was nothing good about the book The ever increasing psychoses of Martin were interesting to follow, although he was a somewhat irritating and depressing character to read about The far and away best part of this book, though, was the ending It was well done, interesting, and thought provoking It s a shame the rest of [...]

  20. I found an old paperback edition of this from 56 It s cover design features the words Pincher Martin surrounded by flatly colored red lobster claws I picked it up because I recognized Golding s name Then I read through it because of it s title And I went home with it because of its cover Pincher Martin is a quick, psychological story of the sole survivor in a destroyer wreck He s stranded on a large rock in the Atlantic He tries greedily to stay alive And nature greedily takes him I enjoyed the [...]

  21. a dark work with many of golding s motifs concerning the savage man and the absence of god only one character, stream of consciousness, stranded on a rock in the uncharted sea man versus nature at its cruelest despite the limitations of the plot, the character moves through revelations and developments that make this a good read.

  22. I tried I really did But nope Completely lacked any compelling interest for me I know Golding is a big name among the classics but I could only make it about a 1 3 of the way before sheer boredom and the incoherent writing style made me want to use it for kindling.

  23. A brutally pessimistic look at human nature While reading the novel, I found it helpful to read Golding s Nobel acceptance speech to serve as a reminder that he didn t completely despise humanity As in his other works, he handles the symbols here brilliantly.

  24. Thickly William Golding esque, but not an easy read Often inexplicable, but certainly ends in style At a little over 200 pages, it doesn t take long to devour, so don t give up on this one if you ve begun.

  25. Compelling narrative Begs the question which death would you prefer one prolonged by futile hope exhaustion illness and periods of madness or one short and swift

  26. This was surprisingly horrible.It mirrors a short story by Ambrose Bierce, maybe in a deliberately skewed way I do not know Sheer terror makes it worth reading.

  27. Mind blowing Survival, dissociation, narcissism, rape and murder, apocalypse, sea water enema, this book has it all The premise might sound like Lord of the Flies, but so , but it really isn t The perspective of LotF drifted a fair bit around the island, away from Ralph, but here it we re screwed tight into Martin s dark centre , the most enduring bit of his ego We are either feeling the physical sensations of the centre s body, or are pulled into its fragmentary memory as it remembers its raven [...]

  28. He was struggling in every direction, he was the centre of the writhing and kicking knot of his own body Meet Christopher Hadley Pincher Martin, temporary lieutenant in the Royal Navy Blown off his ship by a German torpedo Alone.Usually, when I write a book review, I try to give some sense of what the book is about, where it is set, and how I reacted to it Most books lend themselves to this approach if, mindful of spoilers for fiction , I avoid too much detail.Alas, Pincher Martin is not in the [...]

  29. Wonderful writing I was totally gripped and fascinated From the time when he climbed up on limpets, I was aware that the nature of the writing was not straightforward and found the exploration of a mind, written in such physical terms, enthralling I suspect that the view of men as central and women as objects may be Golding s as well as Christopher Martin s, but otherwise an excellent book.

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