Golding's essential view of man's nature, the dissertation contends, is that it is rationally inexplicable; his is essentially a religious vision, for he holds that man's nature contains a mystery or "darkness. In Golding's view, contemporary man lacks vision; he experiences mystery only as malignancy not holiness. Man abstracts from his violence and projects it as fear of a demon which will destroy him. Thus in the fiction the central symbol for the spiritual dimension is darkness and the central symbolic episode is the nightmare world where character undergoes atavistic reordering.
Tuesday, April 19, Pincher Martin by William Golding "So long as I can want these things without finding the absence of them unendurable; so long as I can tell myself that I am alone on a rock in the middle of the Atlantic and that I have to fight to survive--then I can manage.
Ah, those days when the best possible joke was to say "Sucks to your assmar! Lord of the Flies was about shipwrecked kids, you will recall--well this baby is about a shipwrecked naval officer!
Golding served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, and much of his fiction involves the sea. Pincher Martin is no easy read! Most of it feels long and slow, as Golding describes in detail every single thought and every smallest action of the protagonist, Lieutenant Christopher Martin, the only survivor of a torpedoed destroyer that was on convoy duty.
In the first three chapters Martin, dazed and exhausted, drifts on the waves, then is washed ashore onto a small rock island and drags himself out of the surf onto dry ground.
Golding devotes many words, paragraphs and pages to each sight, sound and sensation of our poor sailor: Here's a taste from page As the eyes watched, a wave went clear over the outer rock so that they could see the brown weed inside the water. The green dance beyond the pebbles was troubled.
A line of foam broke and hissed up the pebbles to his feet. The foam sank away and the pebbles chattered like teeth. He watched, wave after wave as bursts of foam swallowed more and more of the pebbles and left fewer visible when they went back.
Golding chronicles each agonizing inch of Martin's progress, which gets kind of tedious after a while. Things get a little more engaging around page 50, in chapter 4, as Martin regains much of his faculties and does things more interesting than crawling. He hunts the island for water and food, and we hear all about his foraging efforts-- there is no real vegetation on the island, nor are there any land animals, so Martin has to resort to eating things like raw mussels and poisonous anemones.
He piles up rocks to act as a beacon, and we read all about each stone he adds to his man-like cairn, which he calls "the Dwarf" because it is only three feet tall.
He even tries to make, in hopes of alerting aircraft to his location, a giant "X" out of seaweed. Most alarming are the scenes in which Martin, who says to himself, "I haven't had a crap in a week," contrives a way with the scanty equipment he has available to give himself an enema.
Relieving the monotony here and there are Martin's unbidden thoughts of his past life, which he thinks of as "film-trailers.
The Martin we learn about is not an attractive character! Before the war he was a mediocre stage actor and an unsuccessful writer, as well as a total jerk off! A womanizer, he slept with his friends' and colleagues' wives, and used threats to get women to succumb to his lust.
Hypocritically, he was violently jealous when a friend married a woman who had rejected him. Ruthless and callous, Martin was not above putting his friends in physical danger to achieve his petty desires like winning a cycle race or even plotting the murder of that guy who married the girl he had an unrequited crush on!
In the last quarter or so of the book Martin loses his struggle for sanity and is overwhelmed by hallucinations. I understand the pattern.Apr 19, · Pincher Martin by William Golding Well, here is another novel by British writer William Golding, 's Pincher Martin. I found this Capricorn edition (CAP 66) at Half Price Books among their ever-fascinating selection of old paperbacks.
Lieutenant Christopher Martin, the only survivor of a torpedoed destroyer that was on Author: MPorcius Fiction Log. Christopher Martin was, indeed, a pincher, and Golding nicknamed the man accordingly.
Martin pilfered things from other people and while he was in purgatory (that is the more popular theory among critics), he was relieved of these items, at least in spirit. Nov 26, · William Golding: Pincher Martin A couple of years ago on this blog, I bemoaned the fact that Faber has frequently rejacketed some of William Golding’s books, without ever doing the whole lot.
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