A well-written novel about a man who's different from others: more eccentric, more honest, more philosophical. He doesn't fit in and exaggerates his eccentricity with a disheveled appearance and loud manners. He's an alcoholic. Nevertheless, he has two loyal friends, actually people he picked up and took care of, who worship the ground he walks on. A woman to whom he was once engaged enters the story...but now she's married to a count.
I have read every novel I could find by this author because they are very amusing.
It's hard to believe that WW Jacobs wrote "The Monkey's Paw" when you read this very amusing novel. The characters of the ship captains are hilarious. Highly recommended.
I don't know why the author chose to be anonymous. This is a very interesting and practical book about the process of writing a novel. (I had no idea how much work it takes.) I wasn't going to write a novel, but I like knowing how it's done.