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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press (November 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802123104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802123107
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Like the work of the great high modernists from the 1920s, like Joyce, Woolf and Eliot, there is a kind of chaotic beauty in Self’s unrestricted writing. . . . There is an amazing consistency to his tone and style; he holds the narrative firmly together at all times, however random and complicated the structure of the book may appear. . . . An outstanding work of literature that seeks to question and explore the fundamental components of what constitutes "normal" and "abnormal" behavior in our society. . . . Go read it now. You'll be simultaneously entertained, mesmerized, intellectually stimulated, baffled — and laugh your ass off.”—NPR Books

"Intellectually dazzling . . . Shark confirms that Self is the most daring and delightful novelist of his generation, a writer whose formidably intellect is mercilessly targeted on the limits of the cerebral as a means of understanding. Yes, he makes you think, but he also insists that you feel."—Guardian

“A portrait of madness and sanity in the 20th century, tracing the effects of the machine age as well as the information age on people’s stubbornly fallible psyche. . . . Yet the apparently anarchic writing is moderated by careful plotting and sympathetic character development. . . . for all his newfound seriousness of intent Self remains a superb comic writer. . . . An intoxicating experience. Self’s powerful command of language animates the intense prose while his dry wit is given a freer rein than in Umbrella.”—Financial Times

“Self's sentences move with sharky verve: a playful, allusive, associative flow that traces frantic minds connecting the dots between past and present, ideals and reality. . . . Shark will challenge and disturb, exasperate and entertain. Self's prose demands real attention, but is never less than sharp, biting and incisive. Prepare to be eaten whole.”—Independent

"A maddening, uncompromising, serious, self-indulgent, and beautiful work . . . comes as close to capturing the frightening bad trip of modern life as any book in recent memory."—Publishers Weekly (boxed review)

"A truly wonderful novel . . . the language feels urgent and necessary . . . It is an exciting, mesmerizing, wonderfully disturbing book. Go with it, and it'll suck you under."—Daily Telegraph

"Highly enjoyable, vividly, even profoundly imagined. Self is creating something rather grand."—Sunday Times

"Breathtaking and dazzling. An exhilarating tour-de-force ... immersing the reader in a trippy Odyssey.”—Daily Mail

“A journey of language, of character, of unsettling fragmented narratives, of tricks, twists and turns. Shark will latch on to you and pull you under if you're not careful—and that's a good thing.”—Lit Reactor

About the Author

Will Self is the author of six short-story collections, a book of novellas, eight novels, and six collections of journalism. His work has won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction and the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction. His latest novel, Umbrella, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Hamby on November 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Self delivers the genre-defying sequel/prequel to Umbrella. Self goes back to his dazzling and confounding world one year earlier. Exploring with a wry poking wit the travails of the mind those who work with it. Or work with others' minds. Self can be almost vicious and still be funny as he skewers and spoofs his way through his parallel world with unabashed weirdness and a style of writing that is all his own. A style that is definitely not or everyone.

Self seems quite determined to elevate or at least evolve in his use of prose as a means to narrate his tale. And is downright aggressive in this exercise. The result can be off putting and at the least difficult to match gears with. But once in tandem, the story unfolds and embraces at the same time. Causing this reader to laugh, cringe and wince at the same time.
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