Umbrella / Will Self.
- ISBN: 9780802120724
- ISBN: 0802120725
- Description: 397 p. ; 24 cm.
- Publisher: New York : Grove Press ; c2012.
- 13 copies at NOBLE (All Libraries). (Show all copies)
- 1 copy at Northern Essex Community College.
0 current holds with 13 total copies.
|Library||Location||Call Number||Status||Due Date|
|Northern Essex - Haverhill Campus||Stacks||PR6069.E3654 U43 2012 (Text to phone)||Available||-|
|General Note:|| "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.
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