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Umbrella - Will Self
Umbrella
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"A brother is as easily forgotten as an umbrella."—James Joyce, UlyssesRadical and uncompromising, Umbrella is a tour de force from one of England’s most acclaimed contemporary writers, and Self’s most ambitious novel to date. Moving between Edwardian London and a suburban mental hospital in... show more
"A brother is as easily forgotten as an umbrella."—James Joyce, UlyssesRadical and uncompromising, Umbrella is a tour de force from one of England’s most acclaimed contemporary writers, and Self’s most ambitious novel to date. Moving between Edwardian London and a suburban mental hospital in 1971, Umbrella exposes the twentieth century’s technological searchlight as refracted through the dark glass of a long term mental institution. While making his first tours of the hospital at which he has just begun working, maverick psychiatrist Zachary Busner notices that many of the patients exhibit a strange physical tic: rapid, precise movements that they repeat over and over. One of these patients is Audrey Dearth, an elderly woman born in the slums of West London in 1890. Audrey’s memories of a bygone Edwardian London, her lovers, involvement with early feminist and socialist movements, and, in particular, her time working in an umbrella shop, alternate with Busner’s attempts to treat her condition and bring light to her clouded world. Busner’s investigations into Audrey’s illness lead to discoveries about her family that are shocking and tragic.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780802120724 (0802120725)
ASIN: B00FY3DSVG
Publisher: Grove Press
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
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Check this out. Who the hell is that? What happened to the pessimistic, narcissistic needlessly sesquipedalian ponce whose work we all wanted nothing to do with? Who is this relaxed, open and engagingly pleasant gentleman? Was it all a media persona? (I suspect not, I think he did use to be a prat, ...
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