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The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold | [Evelyn Waugh]

The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold is a semi-autobiographical story, which tells of the mental breakdown of an ageing 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?
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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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    Erez Israel 07-05-08
    Erez Israel 07-05-08
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    "What a gem"

    I found this audiobook by chance, and I loved every second of it. This superb little book manages to convey the experience of "hearing voices" in a perfectly believable way, while still remaining humorous and engaging. And the narration is nothing short of perfect. Every character gets a rich and perfectly suited voice. Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Boulder, CO, USA 11-21-08
    Thomas Boulder, CO, USA 11-21-08
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    "Superb"

    Waugh's best book, superbly read by the narrator. I highly recommend the book and this audio version to anyone who relishes irony, and to students of personal decline and madness.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cami Brooklyn, United States Minor Outlying Islands 02-06-09
    Cami Brooklyn, United States Minor Outlying Islands 02-06-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Laughed out loud. A lot."

    People must have thought I was a crazy person - while I listened to this sharp, strange novel about a lazy egomanic I was laughing out loud. On the subway. On the street. In stores. The narrator and the novel are hilarious!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Gainesville, FL, United States 10-07-10
    Thomas Gainesville, FL, United States 10-07-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Great reader"

    I didn't much care for the novel. For some reason I couldn't understand what about the character's predicament was interesting. Michael Cochrane's reading, on the other hand, is magnificent. It was the reader rather than the writer that got me through this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Mcewen-asker San Jose, CA USA 04-16-12
    M. Mcewen-asker San Jose, CA USA 04-16-12 Member Since 2011

    Audio addict with my best friend, an ear-bud.

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    "Entertaining and Mind-Bending"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you have a high tolerance for unexpected skips and escapes due to some technological blips.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pace and humor.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Cochrane – was your favorite?

    Pinfold himself. Michael Cochrane's narration compliments the story perfectly.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold and why?

    Gilbert, because the reader cannot help but sympathize, especially since the autobiographical torture led [eventually] to his recovery.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't go wrong with this choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan edgewater, NJ, United States 01-28-12
    Susan edgewater, NJ, United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "i can't believe i listened to the whole thing."
    What would have made The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold better?

    Waugh is a wonderful writer but this was an ordeal to listen to. obvious from the beginning and way too long.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    it is Kate Atkinson,


    What about Michael Cochrane’s performance did you like?

    he's a good narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not really, except the idea.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    xana ATLANTA, GA, United States 01-16-12
    xana ATLANTA, GA, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was a type of British humor I found uninteresting.


    What was most disappointing about Evelyn Waugh’s story?

    The main character was not in a muddle, and unfortunately I as listener did not care.


    What about Michael Cochrane’s performance did you like?

    He performed well, but the story did not hold together.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not that I can think of.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen White Plains, NY, United States 12-19-11
    Karen White Plains, NY, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Highbrow & hilarious!"

    In true "The Loved One" satire, Waugh describes a droll college professor in denial of his addition to pain meds and sleep aids. His journey blends a strange mix of reality and fantasy in quite humorous fashion, leaving the "reader" to wonder which was which -- an entertaining journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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