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Book Title: The Great Wash|
The author of the book: Gerald Kersh
Date of issue: March 2015
ISBN 13: 9781941147658
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 949 KB
Edition: Valancourt Books
Read full description of the books The Great Wash:Journalist George Oaks and his friend Albert Kemp, a mystery novelist, are on their way to meet their friend, the celebrated philosopher Dr. Monacelli. But when a clerical mix-up leads to their meeting the American gangster Monty Cello instead, Oaks and Kemp quickly find themselves caught up in a bizarre and dangerous plot involving a murdered reporter, a missing scientist, and a group of powerful madmen with a plan to destroy the world as we know it. It’s a race against time as Oaks and Kemp must infiltrate the villains’ stronghold and save humanity before it’s too late!
Equal parts hard-boiled crime novel and apocalyptic science fiction tale, The Great Wash (1953) is one of the most exciting novels by Gerald Kersh (1911-1968), who is best known for his classics Night and the City (1938) and Fowlers End (1957). Fowlers End and four volumes of Kersh’s strange and brilliant short fiction are also available from Valancourt.
“An extravaganza . . . fertile invention and forceful style . . . Mr. Kersh’s many admirers will undoubtedly devour this highly flavoured hotch-potch with avidity.” – Julian Maclaren-Ross, Sunday Times
“A notable contribution to the few actually terrifying tales of science fiction.” – Saturday Review
“[F]irst-rate Kersh, richly peopled with the odd bit roles he sketches so well and written with style and individuality.” – Anthony Boucher, New York Herald Tribune
“Sometimes funny, sometimes nightmarish, always first-class entertainment.” – Basil Davenport, New York Times
Read information about the authorGerald Kersh was born in Teddington-on-Thames, near London, and, like so many writers, quit school to take on a series of jobs -- salesman, baker, fish-and-chips cook, nightclub bouncer, freelance newspaper reporter and at the same time was writing his first two novels.
In 1937, his third published novel, Night and the City, hurled him into the front ranks of young British writers. Twenty novels later Kersh created his personal masterpiece, Fowler's End, regarded by many as one of the outstanding novels of the century. He also, throughout his long career, wrote more than 400 short stories and over 1,000 articles.
Once a professional wrestler, Kersh also fought with the Coldstream Guards in World War II. His account of infantry training They Die With Their Boots Clean (1941), became an instant best-seller during that war.
After traveling over much of the world, he became an American citizen, living quietly in Cragsmoor, in a remote section of the Shawangunk Mountains in New York State. He died in Kingston, NY, in 1968.
(Biography compiled from "Nightmares & Damnations" and Fantastic Fiction.)
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