[PDF/EPUB] (Umbrella)


  • Hardcover
  • 397
  • Umbrella
  • Will Self
  • English
  • 13 January 2020
  • 9781408820148

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    [PDF/EPUB] (Umbrella) Some thoughts on my first reading Last winter I happened to read Oliver Sacks’s Awakenings see review which is the urtext for Will Self’s new novel Umbrella In the mid 60s Dr Sacks famously gave L DOPA a relati

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    Free download Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ç Will Self [PDF/EPUB] (Umbrella) I slogged through this in order to say I had read all of the Booker shortlist before the award was announced for once Let's make one thing clear without that compelling reason I would not have kept with itThere is a difference between difficult

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    [PDF/EPUB] (Umbrella) Umbrella tells the simultaneous stories well okay this is not the simultaneity that one finds in the Wake for instance which as far as I know might be the only way to really really do simultaneity in prose and that is definitely not what is happening here what is happening here is like narrative enjambment or collage or a kind of radical undifferentiation of plot linesperspective of Dr Zack Busner a charmingly sympathe

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    [PDF/EPUB] (Umbrella) If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewRarefied Heights Umbrella by Will SelfOriginal Revie

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    Read Umbrella Will Self ç 5 Summary Free download Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ç Will Self There's a rumble in a Brighton bright Lit bulb fried dust aromatics for your lifestyle no matter the wattage to The Council not Style always a dim Heaven 17 er assymetrical 'do gone as ReagancrossThatch doomed as

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    [PDF/EPUB] (Umbrella) Will Self ç 5 Summary Read Umbrella It’s been ages since I had to be won over by a book if ever Typically I’m won over already before I open the

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    Read Umbrella Free download Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ç Will Self Will Self ç 5 Summary Excellent book; one star off only because I found the story ie Audrey's story very draining Combines avant garde

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    [PDF/EPUB] (Umbrella) Will Self ç 5 Summary Free download Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ç Will Self There are three main narrative strands in Umbrella The first follows Zack Busner a psychiatrist working in the 1970s at the huge Friern Mental Hospital near the Alexandra Palace in London He becomes fascinated by the brain disease encephalitis lethargica and by one particular elderly patient who suffers from the condition Audrey Death was admitted to Friern when she was struck down by this disease in 1918 She is semi catatonic able to wa

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    [PDF/EPUB] (Umbrella) Will Self ç 5 Summary Free download Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ç Will Self DNF after about ten percent of pretentious babbleUsing some of my issues with this book I have compiled the following checklistHOW

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    Read Umbrella [PDF/EPUB] (Umbrella) Free download Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ç Will Self Sorry to say but this was a complete and utter mess I never actually got to finishing it the first time around so gave it another crack recently but shouldn't have bothered I can fully understand those who rated this much higher but it's just not the sort of book I would normally read and at the time thought to try something different for a change Different it definitely was but that's the only positive I can think of Will Self does has

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Read Umbrella Summary Umbrella ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Will Self ç 5 Summary “A brother is as easily forgotten as an umbrella” James Joyce UlyssesIt is 1971 and Zachary Busner is a maverick psychiatrist who has just begun working at a mental hospital in suburban north London As he tours the hospital’s wards Busner notes that some of the patients are exhibiting a very peculiar type of physical tic rapid precise movements that they repeat over and over These patients do not react to outside stimuli and are trapped ins. Some thoughts on my first reading Last winter I happened to read Oliver Sacks s Awakenings see review which is the urtext for Will Self s new novel Umbrella In the mid 60s Dr Sacks famously gave L DOPA a relatively new drug mimicking the neurotransmitter dopamine to dozens of post encephalytic patients under his care at Beth Abraham Hospital in the Bronx New York These patients had been infected in 1918 by the encephalitis lethargica virus or sleepy sickness not to be confused with the Spanish Influenza of the same year In Umbrella even where references to Sacks s book do not appear such as the World War I and present day sections it s clear the good doctor s classic collection of case studies serves as the novel s insprationThose patients who survived the virus were able afterwards to lead normal lives for many years sometimes decades until they were stricken with symptoms similar to Parkinson s disease locked postures that turned them into living statuary akinesia hurrying gait festination frozen skewed gaze oculogyyric crises and so on These patients did not have Parkinson s proper but since the virus reduced dopamine in their brains to about 10 or 15% of healthy levels they experienced identical if somewhat severe symptoms than actual Parkinson s patients The only difference being that Parkinson s is ultimately fatal while post encephalitics enkies affectionately might live for the rest of their natural span with the symptoms Such is the experience of Audrey Death a main character hereSelf takes much from Awakenings that echoes the trials and tribulations of Dr Sacks s enkies and Sacks himself and inflates it into a grand fiction resembling the inspirational text very little Here the doctor Zachary Busner a psychiatrist of Jewish birth is adrift in a vast English hospital called the Friern known for its mile or so of monotonous corridors Many of the problems Sacks had in the 1960s like pulling all the patients into a single ward studying their hyper slow movements via speeded up film dealing with a highly political hospital administration and other details are dramatized hereThere are also large sections of entirely new invention in Umbrella In one we follow Audrey Death in her pre war family life and war time work as as a munitionette preparing shells for the British army We also follow two of her brothers Stanley Death a trench soldier and the soi disant Albert De Ath who becomes a big time government honcho Stanley has an aristocratic lover Adeline who he must leave to fight in the endless and pointless war One day he is brought to live amid a society of bisexual soldiers from both sides deep under that gap between the trenches known as No Man s Land I suspect this subterranean world of tunnelers was in part inspired by Alasdair Gray s dystopic Lanark see review Audrey s other brother Albert has Asperger s and is a savant of Rain Man like propensities though much higher functioning Audrey during her pre encephalytic days was a staunch socialist while Albert was a conservative These divergent political views lead to much conflict between themWill Self is an acuired taste In the past he has regularly made fun of death and unspeakable cruelty with an almost hysterical glee His talent is certainly great It has however to my mind at times been exceeded by his ambition So that no matter how good his books are and the ones I ve read are outstanding he nonetheless always seems to outstrip it his talent by way of a stridency of tone ambition Subtlety of tone is not in Self s gift His is always a full throttle no holds barred kind of narrative propulsion He doesn t dance elliptically around a subject but always seems to bore to its very heart This style leaves us with some very naked prose a prose that doesn t skirt its limitations but is on the contrary uite open about them I know readers who can t abide Self s deeply cynical trickster prose So I m happy to report that the cackling satire of Self s earlier work seems in abeyance here in favor of something softer something less shrill compassionate The story is rendered in an almost pitch perfect Modernist style I found this astonishing How does Self pick up Literary Modernism and its attributes stream of consciousness abrupt transitions multiple unidentified intersecting voices etc and don it like a hat The choice of style strikes me as perfect I note in my review of Awakenings how Sacks s by flipping from main text to footnote and back again actually introduces a kind of novelistic discursiveness into his text that would not be obvious to those reading his book without the footnotes It s an almost Moby Dick or The Whale like discursiveness And I can t help wondering if Sacks s discursiveness did not in part suggest to Self his neo Modernist approachThis is a complex book and a single reading will not satisfy those who wish to know it On first reading I found some 20% of it utterly ambiguous So I look forward to rereading it soon though that will probably not render it coherent A stunner and very highly recommended especially for those who enjoy challenging texts

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Read Umbrella Summary Umbrella ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Will Self ç 5 Summary Ide an internal world The patient that most draws Busner’s interest is a certain Audrey Dearth an elderly woman born in the slums of West London in 1890 who is completely withdrawn and catatonically tics with her hands turning handles and spinning wheels in the air Busner’s investigations into the condition of Audrey and the other patients alternate with sections told from Audrey’s point of view a stream of memories of a bustling bygone Edwa. There s a rumble in a Brighton bright Lit bulb fried dust aromatics for your lifestyle no matter the wattage to The Council not Style always a dim Heaven 17 er assymetrical do gone as ReagancrossThatch doomed as rent rooms to shriek a Being Boiled I DON T UNDERSTAND THIS FUCKING BOOK or so Frankie say It s not because there are no chapters and so very few paragraphs and dialog attributions it s not because the point of view shifts from one person s to another decades later or before in the middle of a sentence it s not because of the generous and seemingly arbitrary use of italics it s not because of the stream of consciousness style where the nagging repetitions of song lyrics surface between random sights during a drive at night or the edges of ideas blur against lush accidental memories The problems the Brit specific details the slangs the legions of Proper Names enrolled as adjectives and labels larger than themselves doing some double cultural duty I cannot discern I then have two choices make the stream of Self s stream of consciousness into something uite unstreamlike and stop to Google each reference or stay in the stream and uickly jot each note for later research when I am sure I will once learning what was being referenced then struggle to remember the context Given how this book already is it s not like that context is going to be easy to retrieve Neither of these options seem very close to any of even my nerdy ass concepts of literary pleasure But when he wants to boyohboy can Will Self provide literary pleasure Some of his sentences are like good drugs while others are like bad dreams then there are the ones like amusement park rides or that rare experience of looking at something and not knowing what you are seeing until you do know He charges the unnoticed everywhere like water is to fish nature of language until it sizzles and contra how so much capital L Lit is taught it feels like it might even be bad for you In the fun way But I fret will the hangover have been worth it I adored The Book of Dave my first somehow I had never managed to delve into Selfhood before that and I got than my time s worth without realizing there was a glossary in the back until I was finished so I ll give it of a chance than I d ordinarily accord to a book so larded up with obscure references and arcane vocab Ok actually I dig the vocab but I do kinda wish it had a glossary in the backIn an interview on npr I heard Self defend his modernist approach and it surprised me by being so patently wrong This is not a matter of opinion He said that he wanted to write something that wasn t lodged in your conventional third person omniscient point of view But the narrator tells us Busner did this Audrey did that and we read what they and most other characters think Hate to be pedantic but isn t that the very definition of third person omniscient You can see why I was surprised but I m even surprised that most of the complaints about its difficulty are as far as I ve heard and read about the stream of consciousness style the inventive punctuation the lack of chapters and dearth of indention when he did cut the ongoing block into a paragraph I did wonder why there and all these experimental cutting edge techniues that are coming up on their hundredth birthday Why would presumably educated and cultured people act like the reason they find it difficult is because of old ass modernist techniues instead of how those of us across the pond don t know what the fuck he s talking about and still wouldn t if the style were straight up BBCI feel a touch guilty for reviewing a book I m still standing in but I had to post this before I knew what I think wondering if I ll wade on Sentences like this sure make me want to Edit I ve finished it and want to re read itRegarding a groovy 60s party scene Was it Busner who had been time travelled here from a past as jarringly austere as his test card patterned sports jacket and drip dry tie or to the contrary they who had been op art spiralled from a pre industrial opium dream of foppery and sualor

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Read Umbrella Summary Umbrella ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Will Self ç 5 Summary Rdian London where horse drawn carts roamed the streets In internal monologue Audrey recounts her childhood her work as a clerk in an umbrella shop her time as a factory munitionette during World War I and the very different fates of her two brothers Busner’s attempts to break through to Audrey and the other patients lead to unexpected results and in Audrey’s case discoveries about her family’s role in her illness that are shocking and tragi. Excellent book one star off only because I found the story ie Audrey s story very draining Combines avant garde structure with the highly evocative and emotionally involving great sense of historical placetime including working class characters less freuently found in historical fiction and a political focus which is genuinely about its time not contrived to please the contemporary reader yet also of interest to modern sensibilities a bawdy humour too rarely found with those politics and seriously sharp pop cultural references that span the English London twentieth centuryIMO best read when you are alert enough that the mind can process the book almost subconsciously whilst the conscious approach is letting it wash over you For me such things aren t always possible so I get how this novel could seem very hard work for some My three different year tags show it took a few goes before I hit the right time to read the whole bookIn the spoiler tag is a load of guff I wrote in 2012 and which although I m not overly fond of it now a few people likedview spoilerMy intermttent swooning over Will Self s journalism and radio and TV appearances began nearly two decades ago and I tingled with anticipation the first time some time in the early 2000 s when I got my hands on a real whole fiction work of his But it was as if the brain fizzing knicker dampening sonorous voiced arrogant wanker had sent his rather less sexy sparky and interesting twin brother along on the date instead Sweet Valley High style Just enough in the vocabulary and subject matter was similar for a common upbringing to be apparent but it was just not the same and I left early comprehensively disillusionedWent off him for good as a crush in the months after writing this mixture of how he looks these days not comparing well to someone I knew IRL Still like much of his writing ideas thoughAnd it s been the same every damn time I ve read his fiction hoping that it might somehow turn out different on this occasion At least with Kindle samples there s no need to commit to many hours of a whole book if disappointment seems likely to ensue So when Mr WS s article on modernism set me a flutter all over again here was the means to instant gratis gratification of that same old sceptical curiosityOh dear Already on the first page are Joycean slightly scatological stream of consciousness snippets which leave me with the same ennui as Will has just said he feels towards most conventional English prose fiction Deja vu ensues as Zack Busner again encounters of his psychiatric ward patients again Whilst Self s ego in the Guardian piece rails against the cosy routines of mainstream eng lit I suspect his subconscious of trying its best to force out a nice little mental health based series of the James Herriot Gervase Phinn school Also oh how I would love to see him write something which had nothing to do with London I understand the immersive allure of the city really I do but there are a lot of other places out here And the old childhood scenes whilst not bad seem so very much like My Mother Said I Never Should So once nothing in that depressing category modern British literary fiction feels new to read for a few minutes yet again I thought Will Self might have the antidote but it was just of his seductive snake oil I don t know how to create the real stuff myself so I may as well bugger off and continue to read non fiction and foreign storiesBut wait Whilst there aren t the fireworks of his non fiction prose here it s not entirely valueless Anyone who s familiar with doctors as family members or friends or colleagues will recognise the way they contradict one another s professional approaches He makes me look up three words I d forgotten it s not the shock of the new a teensy splash in a puddle perhaps but it helps And sometimes the narrative flows in tune with real stream of consciousness not as forced and stylised as Joyce projecting images and feelings than extracting laboured thoughts this is pleasing It s sort of tempting to read the whole book in the next few days and write one of the first proper online reviews this specious privilege would cost 11 But tonight it s heavy stuff I don t think I can read it at a time when I m worried in case someone I care about ends up in a place like this And elderly hospitalised Audrey makes me think too much of the last months of my late grandmother There are times for stirring up ghosts having a chat with them and a spot of gentle part exorcism over the tea leaves But right now I have a bad headache and a house full of material clutter to continue clearing so this isn t it hide spoiler