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What can I say? This book will polarise opinion because of the dense style. But it is a decentred account of ageing and what it means when as our life develops people come and go just like an Umbrella. In a wonderful passage of text Wil Self tells us that we never quite know how we acquire an umbrella but when its gone we miss it.
The same can be said for old friends, and old selves. We 'acquire' our family, we don't choose it. But it also applies to ourselves. The person we might have been at one time was acquired rather than chosen. How will we see ourselves when we look back through our lives like Busner does when he sees himself and his profession? The novel deals with… Read more