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Pincher Martin did not continuously enthral me but I still enjoyed it on an academic level Despite occasionally feeling confused by the narrative and not relating to the protagonist I nevertheless found myself being drawn in to the story and I wanted to discover what would eventually happen to Christopher Pincher Martin The first chapter of Pincher Martin is very disorienting It is almost written in the form of stream of conscious and I initially comprehended it as highbrow gibberish With the knowledge of hindsight however I now know that the opening chapter is the moment of Martins death which has enabled me to understand why his thoughts were presented in such a manner The writing technique becomes notably more coherent once Martin discovers the rock In the following chapters his experiences are incredibly lucid and are graphically described down to every last detail We feel the sensations Martin encounters and endures exhaustively and the practicalities and trivialities of his situation are well realised His bodily predicament and what he feels physically are vividly and palpably portrayed from the feel of the pebbles against his face to the comic moments such as when he gives himself an enema The reader is invited to sit firmly inside Martins head his consciousness and his pain As Martin suffers involuntary flashbacks his character begins to develop in detail We discover that in his past life he was a contemptible man - a murderer of his ingenuous companion Nathaniel and a thief with seemingly no morals whatsoever In some ways it is difficult to relate to him as an individual persona as seen from the perspective of his rock he appears to be more representative of an archetypal moral figure than the type of well-rounded character that one might expect in fiction However despite Martin revealing himself as a selfish and despicable man and also being difficult to identify with I still found myself urging him
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