Bill Plantagenet – piano player and ex-sailor – has lost his band and his mind drinking in New York. After staggering from tavern to tavern in the shadow of the psychiatric hospital he commits himself, to suffer his recovery in the company of the other patients and his own visions.
‘Staring out at the river his agony was like a great lidless eye’
In this stark, compelling and greatly autobiographical novella, Malcolm Lowry tells the story of Bill Plantagenet, a piano player and ex-sailor who has lost his band and his mind drinking in New York. As Plantagenet commits himself to a Psychiatric hospital to suffer his recovery, Lowry writes with eloquent ferocity on the delusions of madness, and the true meaning of sanity.