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The Underground Man

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A book by Mick Jackson

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 … see full wiki

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Author: Mick Jackson
Publisher: Penguin
1 review about The Underground Man

Well done, and certainly different

  • Jul 4, 2001
Rating:
+3
This is an interesting book, about the type of truly eccentric and driven man that can only have been produced by the Victorian aristocracy. It is an interesting mixture of the main character's journal (which is by far the majority of the text) and the observations of the local people and staff on his estate.

It is certainly a fascinating and richly detailed account of what would be considered at any time chronic eccentricity bordering on madness - the endless underground tunnels and odd eating habits alone are enough to convince you of this, but what I feel is a small weakness of the novel is that there is simply not enough external observations of the Duke. Those observations by the house-keeper and the footman etc are little gems of insight, but they are too few.

The prose itself is beautiful, and once again invokes the feeling of the time wonderfully. It is a fine novel, well worth a read.

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