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Following an incident at sea, 50-year-old Captain Eugène Marius finds himself without employment or purpose in Marseille, paying fruitless daily visits to the port’s shipping offices. Consumed by guilt, spurned by his family, and faced with the futility of life away from the waters, Marius seeks solace in alcohol and the arms of a prostitute, but is unable to keep his mental and physical deterioration at bay. Remarkable in its gritty descriptions of Marseille and the psychological portrait of its ...

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Overview

Following an incident at sea, 50-year-old Captain Eugène Marius finds himself without employment or purpose in Marseille, paying fruitless daily visits to the port’s shipping offices. Consumed by guilt, spurned by his family, and faced with the futility of life away from the waters, Marius seeks solace in alcohol and the arms of a prostitute, but is unable to keep his mental and physical deterioration at bay. Remarkable in its gritty descriptions of Marseille and the psychological portrait of its protagonist, this is a poignant, sharply written examination of the maritime profession and life as an outcast.

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This wonderfully funny parody of adventure stories was first written in the 1950s but is just as fresh today with a truly brilliant comic narrator whose commentary on the expedition members is unintentionally hilarious. Buy it.
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"'Neglected Genius' is accepted merely as the category to which Hanley belongs. . . . The geniuses who are neglected are usually the geniuses who disturb, and we do not like to be disturbed."  —Anthony Burgess on James Hanley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847491343
  • Publisher: Oneworld Classics
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Series: Oneworld Classics Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Liverpool to Irish immigrants, James Hanley left school at an early age to become a sailor, and his experiences at sea informed many of his works. Only recently has this original, uncompromising novelist started to be reappraised as one of the finest English writers of the 20th century.

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