The Underground Man

The Underground Man

Mick Jackson

Short-listed for the 1997 Booker Prize -- a haunting old novel from an superb new British talent

Victorian England's most famed eccentric, the Duke of Portland used to be well known for either his huge, immense wealth and for the frilly sequence of tunnels he had outfitted underneath his big property. The Duke, who's a fountain of nineteenth-century wisdom and interest, faithfully files in his magazine the occasions that make up his days. His study extends into the fields of chiropractic medication, and the learn of auras, archaeology, and phrenology in a sequence of hilarious episodes that echo the hot Age exploits of our personal period whereas revealing the Duke to be a real naif: splendidly humane, painfully shy, and untouched through the ability his nice wealth presents him.

As the Duke's enthusiasms progressively flip inward to the operating of the brain and reminiscence, he slowly slips into insanity. The ordinary finish of his trip of self-discovery offers The Underground guy its scary and unforgettable climax. an excellent comedian and tragic production, Mick Jackson's Duke of Portland is likely one of the such a lot memorable and heartbreaking characters to emerge from contemporary fiction.

"A terrific learn of human foibles". -- the recent York instances ebook Review

"Ingenious ... Jackson's portrait, throughout the Duke's eyes, of an age poised among credulity and technological know-how is wise and fascinating". -- Kirkus Reviews

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