This disquieting, sharply comic novel recounts a period of mental breakdown in the life of Gilbert Pinfold.
An inability to control his fantasies sends Gilbert Pinfold, a well-known author, cruising on a Ceylon-bound liner to recuperate. Yet, to his horror, the hallucinations increase and life on board becomes very embarrassing. This curious and diverting novel throws new light on Evelyn Waugh’s remarkable talent.
Portrait of the Artist in Middle Age
As The Ordeal opens, Gilbert Pinfold is a successful novelist in his late forties, but looking and feeling much older. He lives comfortably in the country with his wife and children. He does not...Read more