- The Rock Pool
The Rock Pool is a novel written by
Cyril Connolly, first published in 1936. It is Connolly's only novel and is set at the end of season in a small resort in the south of France.Connolly's main character, Naylor, starts with a study of the decadent inhabitants of the resort and ends up becoming one of them.
Connolly had married in 1930 and with the financial support of his wife had been able to enjoy a life of travel and particularly enjoyment of Mediterranean resorts. The novel is set in "Trou-sur-mer", (Hole on the Sea), which is said to based on
Cagnes-sur-Merbetween Cannesand Nice.
Connlly had difficulty having the work published. The publisher who initially accepted it then turned it down because one of the partners objected to the heavy lesbian content. A second publisher explained that it could not be published "over here". Connolly then approached the Parisian Obelisk Press who made an opposite complaint that the Anglo-Saxon reticence disgraced his list. It was published in Britain by Hamish Hamilton in 1947.
To the modern reader, it may be surprising that the novel should have been considered obscene. The objection at the time was to the lack of "moral weight". This, Conolly attributes to his classical education, when he discovered by the use of cribs that the dry Latin he read was the "ironical, sensual and irreligious opinions of a middle-aged Roman, one whose chief counsel to youth was to drink and make love to the best of its ability"
The "Rock Pool", a residue of stranded life left in the rocks on a seashore after the tide has gone out, is used as a metaphor for the town and its inhabitants. Most of the characters were based on real individuals whose survival rate was low. Naylor was based on two young men - one, noted for his amatory mishaps, died a heroic death "in a black winter night over Germany"; the other who "has long lost all his arrogance and fire" implies Connolly himself in the sensitivity, self-pity, pride and romantic day-dreaming of the main character.
Connolly dedicated the book to
Peter Quennellwho had been at Balliol Collegewith him and who wrote the introduction to the 1981 reprint. Two years later, Connolly published Enemies of Promisein which he attempted to explain his failure to produce the literary masterpiece which he and others believed he should have been capable of writing.
ummary of plot
Naylor, an apprentice stock-broker with literary aspirations drifts into Trou, which he imagines as an archeological relic of the nineteen-twenties riviera life-style. In time he meets a succession of artists and drifters, and in his disappointing quest "to have somebody tonight" he is successively swindled by them. Fascinated by their histories he decides to linger on in the town but in a clash between his staid English upbringing and the dissolute dog-eat-dog life-style he is embroiled in squabbles and fights and progressively demoralised by his acquaintances. In due course, the main characters leave town, and Naylor, left behind sinking into a haze of Pernod finds himself described by passing tourists as "Just another bum".
* Peter Quennell "Introduction to The Rock Pool" 1981 Persea Books ISBN 9780892550593
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