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"Given justice, Hanley would be placed among the giants of
twentieth-century literature" - Paul Lester, London Magazine.
"Hanley is a chronicler of nomads and potential escapees, a writer
who travelled the unstriated spaces of sea and
consciousness...using the language like a good clean cyclone" -
William Faulkner. When the Aurora goes down, all on board must
abandon ship. Curtain, a sailor, finds himself stranded in a
lifeboat on the open sea with four men, one of them an old priest.
He must assume responsibility for them, tend to the ailing priest
and ration the meagre supply of food and water. The men respond to
the horror of their predicament in different ways. Curtain goes on
carrying out his duties mechanically, without a thought for
himself. Another talks endlessly of his broken marriage to the
woman whom he fears is dead. Only the priest seems able to accept
their helplessness and face the possibility that they might not be
saved. The strengths and weaknesses of these men and their private
thoughts and dreams are explored as the days pass, the water runs
low, the priest's life fades and no sign of rescue appears. Human
frailty in the face of the demoralizing power of the sea is at the
heart of this harrowing masterpiece. "There are some writers who
seem to have a private path into people's souls. They lead you
there through unfamiliar streets...And yet, when you have arrived,
there is no question that you are there...James Hanley is such a
writer" - New York Times. "It would be fitting indeed if the
majority of his courageous oeuvre were restored to print before the
century that he despaired of and 'sang' so hauntingly has run its
course" - Bruce Allen, Kirkus Reviews.
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