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A novel short-listed for the 1997 Booker Prize offers a humorous portrait of the fifth Duke of Portland, a wealthy, eccentric, nineteenth-century aristocrat who constructed a vast network of underground tunnels from which he could escape to the world outside. Reprint.
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Mick Jackson makes films. It's no surprise, then, that his first novel, The Underground Man, should be so economically told, the action evoking a mise en scène. The novel takes the form of journal entries interspersed with eyewitness accounts from servants and neighbors. The "Underground Man" portrayed in the novel, William John Cavendish Bentinck-Scott, the Duke of Portland and a resident of Nottinghamshire, England, is mightily eccentric; the man was real (1800-1879), as was his eccentricity. Historical fact: the Duke commissioned eight tunnels on his estate. Present-day fact: if you walk the estate today, you see the skylights--2' in diameter and 4" thick. But why did he build them?
In the last few days of the Duke's life, eccentricity burgeons; madness follows. The reader learns that his odd view of the world was shaped by early tragedy, the full truth of which is withheld until the last few pages.
The Underground Man is that most delectable blend of fact and fiction, one in which the intriguing details of a real life are richly explored through imagination.About the Author:
Mick Jackson was born in Great Harwood in Lancashire, England. His first novel, The Underground Man, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award and won the Royal Society of Authors' First Novel Award. While researching Five Boys, he enrolled in beekeeping classes and to this day, keeps two hives at his home in Brighton, England.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110140274375
Book Description Penguin Books, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0140274375
Book Description Penguin Books, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0140274375