by Will Self

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If you are interested in a challenging literary read and you secretly wish for the second coming of James Joyce, then Umbrella will meet all your Modernist resurrection fantasies. Will Self uses boggling and dense language to describe the mistaken institutionalization of suffragette Audrey De'ath after she acquires sleeping sickness. The winding and uncensored stream of consciousness also includes her brother's account of World War II and her psychiatrist's personal woes. The story is interesting, but hardly worth the torturous satisfaction of  drudging through the highly inaccessible prose.

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