The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold by Evelyn Waugh

The novel follows the story of Gilbert Pinfold, a successful and respected English novelist, who begins to experience auditory hallucinations due to an adverse reaction to a mix of sleeping pills and alcohol. As his hallucinations intensify during a sea voyage to Ceylon, he becomes convinced of a complex conspiracy against him, leading him to confront passengers who he believes are part of the plot. The novel explores themes of mental health, the fragility of identity, and the line between reality and imagination.

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