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Umbrella

Self, Will (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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A brother is as easily forgotten as an umbrella. James Joyce, Ulysses Recently having abandoned his RD Laing-influenced experiment in running a therapeutic community - the so-called Concept House in Willesden - maverick psychiatrist Zack Busner arrives at Friern Hospital, a vast Victorian mental asylum in North London, under a professional and a marital cloud. He has every intention of avoiding controversy, but then he encounters Audrey Dearth, a working-class girl from Fulham born in 1890 who has been immured in Friern for decades. A socialist, a feminist and a munitions worker at the Woolwich Arsenal, Audrey fell victim to the encephalitis lethargica sleeping sickness epidemic at the end of the First World War and, like one of the subjects in Oliver Sacks' Awakenings, has been in a coma ever since. Realising that Audrey is just one of a number of post-encephalitics scattered throughout the asylum, Busner becomes involved in an attempt to bring them back to life - with wholly unforeseen consequences.
Authors: Self, Will
Title: Umbrella
Publisher: New York : Grove Press ; [S.l.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2012
Characteristics: 397 p. ;,24 cm
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London."
Summary: A brother is as easily forgotten as an umbrella. James Joyce, Ulysses Recently having abandoned his RD Laing-influenced experiment in running a therapeutic community - the so-called Concept House in Willesden - maverick psychiatrist Zack Busner arrives at Friern Hospital, a vast Victorian mental asylum in North London, under a professional and a marital cloud. He has every intention of avoiding controversy, but then he encounters Audrey Dearth, a working-class girl from Fulham born in 1890 who has been immured in Friern for decades. A socialist, a feminist and a munitions worker at the Woolwich Arsenal, Audrey fell victim to the encephalitis lethargica sleeping sickness epidemic at the end of the First World War and, like one of the subjects in Oliver Sacks' Awakenings, has been in a coma ever since. Realising that Audrey is just one of a number of post-encephalitics scattered throughout the asylum, Busner becomes involved in an attempt to bring them back to life - with wholly unforeseen consequences.
ISBN: 0802120725
9780802120724
Branch Call Number: PR6069.E3654 U528 2012x
Statement of Responsibility: Will Self
Subject Headings: Psychiatrists England Fiction Coma Patients Treatment Fiction Epidemic encephalitis Complications Fiction
Topical Term: Psychiatrists
Coma
Epidemic encephalitis
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Aug 05, 2013
  • Jane60201 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

As others have said, this is a challenging read, reminiscent of James Joyce. There are times when I was totally lost and others when I was blown away by the author's evocative use of description. These gems made it worthwhile.

May 28, 2013
  • mclarjh rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The author obviously went to great effort to write this novel, but there is no reward for the reader.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this stream-of-consciousness novel follows a psychiatrist at a mental hospital in London in 1971. At the same time, we are treated to an account of one of his patients, an octogenarian who's been institutionalized - and catatonic - for 50 years after contracting encephalitis lethargica. His efforts to treat her and glimpses of her youth during a short reawakening alternate with flashbacks to the lives of her brothers and flash-forwards to the doctor in 2010. A complicated read adorned with "snippets of dialects, stylistic flourishes, and inventive phrases loose with meaning" (Publishers Weekly), Umbrella is "mesmerizing" (Boston Globe).
Fiction A to Z Newsletter February 2013.

Feb 06, 2013
  • ssjhung rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

It is very demanding (so-called Modernism), and throughout the 397 pages, there is not a single line of blank. Although it was shortlisted for Booker, other 2012 finalists (Bring up the Body, Garden of the Evening Mist, Swimming Home.... in that order) are so much enjoyable to read. Please do not get this book if you want to relax or read before sleep, and please read the comments on Amazon.com beforehand.

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