The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold is a semi-autobiographical story, which tells of the mental breakdown of an aging writer. Gilbert Pinfold takes a cruise to try to rebuild his shattered life, but what should his life be, and is he important to the world, anyway?
A poignant and sad book which is in turn often darkly humorous and uplifting, too, this is an insight into both the recesses of Waugh's own mind and his brilliant imagination, from which he creates a character who is both likeable and often openly derisable.
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Brilliantly funny and perceptive.
I found them equally wonderful. I've read the novel two or three times and listened to it and both versions are 100% brilliant.
It's got to be Gilbert. An exceptionally vivid and droll character with equal amounts of self awareness and complete naivety.
Hard to choose but probably listening to the "voices" on the ship,
Totally enjoyed everything about it.
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