Delilah Author:Marcus Goodrich Editorial Reviews — From The New Yorker — DELILAH is a remarkable work of art. — Review — One of the great books of ships and the sea. -- The New York Times — So powerful, so uncompromising...that I was stunned by its brilliance. -- James Michener, from the Introduction — Product Description — Here is a twentieth-century classic that inspired a generat... more »ion of nautical novels.
Delilah is an old, four-piper destroyer whose regular beat is one of the world?s most exotic?and dangerous?bodies of water: the Sulu Sea. Set at the beginning of the American century just before the Great War, this novel tells the story of how the ship and her crew patrol the islands in the time of violent racial and religious unrest.
In a series of disconnected and exquisitely drawn stories, Marcus Goodrich gives the reader a tantalizing glimpse into the heart of each crewmember as the ship puts down Philippine insurrections, searches for a gunrunner?s cave told of only in island folklore, and delivers medicine to western missionaries who would rather see the medicine destroyed than have it distributed to non-Christians. What emerges is a sensuous tapestry of the sailors? lives, which are bound inextricably to the fate of their strange family on the Delilah. Here is the return of one of the twentieth century?s most important and widely translated novels of the sea.
From the Back Cover
Delilah is an old four-piper destroyer whose regular beat is one of the world's most exotic - and dangerous - bodies of water: the Sulu Sea. Set at the beginning of the American century just before the Great War, the ship patrols the violent racial and religious tensions that threaten to break America's tenuous grasp on the Philippines, and on its identify as colonial power. In a series of exquisitely-drawn stories, Marcus Goodrich reveals tantalizing glimpses of the heart of each sailor as the crew puts down Philippine insurrections, searches for a gunrunner's cave told of only in island folklore, and delivers medicine to western missionaries. Here is the return of one of the twentieth century's most important and widely translated novels of the sea. It is a boon for lovers of sea yarns and a must-read for any serious student of American literature. (5 3/4 X 9, 526 pages)
About the Author
MARCUS GOODRICH was a commissioned U.S. Navy officer during both world wars, wrote for many New York newspapers, and served as a correspondent for Time magazine. While writing for the Sunday edition of the New York Times in Paris, he became known as a bon vivant and storyteller within the Hemingway crowd. With the publication of Delilah, he instantly became a celebrity and met his future wife, Olivia de Havilland, while writing screenplays for the major film companies. He died in 1991.« less