Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012
Could modernity be an illness? Umbrella follows the story of Audrey Dearth, who fell victim to the encephalitis lethargic sleeping sickness epidemic at the end of the First World War and has been in a coma ever since. Arriving at the asylum she still lingers in, maverick psychiatrist Zack Busner becomes involved in an attempt to bring her back to life - with wholly unforeseen consequences.
©2012 Will Self (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
A confusing cast of characters and a story line that jumps back and forth in time and place really requires a narrator that can give life to people and places. That did not happen here, so while I see glimpses of brilliance in the story, I am repeatedly confused about where/when we are...
If ever a 'clever book' benefited from being read allowed it's Umbrella - the book is just released from the awful hard to get into tag it was given and becomes fantastic prose, a total joy - and as for the old psych bins, Will self totally and utterly nails it. Perfect.
This is a great book - I have already recommended it to my Dad and a chap I met in a coffee shop the other day
The private musings of the main character are my favourite aspects, you really feel like you are inside his head
The scene when the Doctor goes to see Albert
Yes it is very poignant - I laughed out loud and was subdued by the ending
Will Self must be very pleased with the bloke who reads this book - he totally brings it to life - loved him - the voices were spot on
"Weird and incomprehensible"
It rambles like mad man. No idea what the book's talking about. It's a book you will love or hate. I got a refund.
"Very hard to follow. Gave up after 5 hours"
Attracted by story outline, narrator was fine but the story did not flow. Gave up after 5 hours. Maybe just not my style.
"Umbrella - an object you can easily lose"
This book describes the lives of characters just as though they were umbrellas - they are passed around and not truly in control of their own destiny. For this reason, you identify with the characters and become truly interested in the outcome of their future.
Zachary the psychiatrist.
Mike Grady reads the book very fluently and understood the plot so that his innotation was correct.
Umbrella - life's not what you think it is.
If you enjoy Will Self's wordy plotlines, then this is a must.
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