The Underground Man
ISBN 13: 9780140274370
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publication Date: 1998
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Victorian Englandıs most famous eccentric, the Duke of Portland was renowned for both his enormous wealth and for the elaborate series of tunnels he had built beneath his massive estate. The Duke, who is a fountain of nineteenth-century knowledge and curiosity, faithfully records in his journal the events that make up his days. His research extends into the fields of chiropractic medicine, and the study of auras, archaeology, and phrenology in a series of hilarious episodes that echo the New Age exploits of our own era while revealing the Duke to be a true naıf: wonderfully humane, painfully shy, and untouched by the power his great wealth affords him. As the Dukeıs enthusiasms gradually turn inward to the working of the mind and memory, he slowly slips into madness. The natural end of his journey of self-discovery gives The Underground Man its horrifying and unforgettable climax. A brilliant comic and tragic creation, Mick Jacksonıs Duke of Portland is one of the most memorable and heartbreaking characters to emerge from recent fiction.
"The success of 'The Underground Man' owes everything to the portrayal of the Duke. He is a blend of the odd, the comic, the sometimes absurd, but often a sympathetic type in his struggle against the body 'at war with itself'."
Duncan Minshull, Literary Review, January 1997
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