The Underground Man, Paperback Book
2.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


One of the most acclaimed novels of recent times, The Underground Man is the fictionalised diary of a deeply eccentric English aristocrat.

The duke has just completed a network of tunnels beneath his estate.

His health is failing, but his imagination seems to know no bounds. And while he spends more time underground and retreats ever deeper into the darker corners of his house there are some ghosts that demand to be acknowledged and some memories which insist on making themselves known.


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A quirky little tale that was engaging for a quick read, but I don't think I'd ever go back to it again. I liked the characterisation and felt genuine empathy towards the Duke, but the story didn't have any real emotional impact for me.

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Frankly I found this book rather boring.

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I was very impressed with the written style of The Underground Man and I like an 'unusual' novel in contrast to the mundanities of 90% of what's available. This story certainly made an impact but I felt the Duke's ideas and plans when he was coherently scheming were more interesting than his later ravings. Very convincingly written and quite funny in places, but also very sad, ultimately I found the eccentricities of the Duke giving way to a Roald Dahl-esque horror ending a bit of a cliché.

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