Atlantic Company - Alan GouldLondon: Collins, 1937, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper much worn with loss to the upper panel, now wrapped in a removable protective sleeve. Pages lightly age-tanned. 4 digits in crayon to the first blank.
From the cover: “Versatility is this author’s second name, Neither that exciting and powerful story, Every Creature of God is Good, nor that forthright period piece, The Viaduct, gives you much idea what to expect of Atlantic Company; only a foretaste of its quality. This is a book with a grip on its subject; stark, tense and exciting; a sea adventure that has something of Conrad about it and yet remains intensely individual.
The time of action is twenty days. The characters are some dozen men and two women set adrift in an open boat in the Atlantic by the torpedoing of their ship. As you read, each of these castaways becomes as real as you and I, because the story is concerned not only with the events and cir-cumstances of this strange voyage, but with the effect of these events and circumstances upon them. Most memorable of all is John Chinn, a fireman who emerges as the natural leader of the party, a man who glories in power, and whose appetite grows by what it feeds on. He has all the makings of a dictator, of a megalomaniac, perhaps. But the opportunity passes from him as the curtain falls on the dramatic last scene of the story.”