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Ocean (Paperback): James Hanley
Ocean (Paperback): James Hanley

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James Hanley

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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.


Imprint: The Harvill Press
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: May 2010
Authors: James Hanley
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 12mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1-84655-418-6
Barcode: 9781846554186
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 1-84655-418-7

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