Twilight for the Gods
by Ernest Gann
Publisher: William Sloane Associates
Book Club Edition
He is one of the most vigorous and stimulating writers of our time . . .
He has created some of the most exciting people in modern fiction . . .
His powerful novels have thrilled hundreds of thousands of readers . . .
Now Ernest Gann has written the novel of them all -- a magnificent story that does for sailing men and the sea what The High and the Mighty did for planes and the men who fly them.
This is the story of the barquentine, Cannibal, and the passengers and crew on her most tempestuous voyage.
The date was October 12, 1927. The Cannibal, a forlorn figure as she left the South Seas port of Suva, was one of the last commercial sailing ships still trying valiantly to compete in the world of steam. Manned by a small crew, with a handful of passengers and a load of copra, she set her course firmly toward Mexico.
In the swift weeks that follow, you come to know her passengers and crew as intensely real people at a peak moment of crisis . . .
David Bell, Master and Captain of the Cannibal, is one of Gann's most memorable characters, an embittered idealist who is staking all that remains of his career on the success of this voyage. Capt. Bell loves the ways of sail and all of the once sleek old barquentine is still beautiful to him. The paying passengers are another thing . . .
Harry Hutton and Ethel Peacock hate the ship, yet they are has-been, too.
The Reverend Butterfield, chasing private devils, and Oliver Wiggins, with a bevy of South Sea maidens to regret, are restlessly aware of slow progress.
Mr. and Mrs. Morris, fleeing the past, are buoyantly hopeful that the Cannibal will deposit them in a shining new world.
But the final passenger has no interest in the ship at all. She is Charlotte King, a woman of quiet beauty with a disturbing unquiet past. The story of Charlotte King is a novel in itself -- an engrossing world of its own within the framework of this book.
Gann introduces these people with impeccable artistry, and the voyage of the Cannibal becomes an intensely moving story of heroism and disaster, with a climax that is in every way inevitable and right. It is Gann's finest novel -- a tremendous reading experience.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover. Pages may be tanning and discolored from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper. Dust cover and dust cover flaps are tanning and discolored from age and show wrinkles on the back dust cover as well as edge wear and edge tearing on dust covers and dust cover spine.
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