The Book of Self – by Will Self
Will Self’s new novel is called The Book of Self and is about a writer called Bill Self who finds a fleshy, lubricated giant orifice in a Starbuck’s disabled toilet and falls head first into its sinuous tunnel. He finds himself on the other side, 500 years in the future where everyone worships the cult of the Sesquipedalian and a writer from the distant past is now a demi-god. He meets a high priestess from this cult called Hilary Self and they fall in lust. They have sex through a conduit in the back of their knees and create a tribe of off-spring who all have a faux-edgy exterior and an aloof superior persona. They continually talk of cultural mores and polymorphous perversity. Horrified, our intrepid traveller runs back to the giant lubricated orifice, only to find it is drying out and there is only a matter of seconds before it will be too chapped and abrasive to ease his passage into his own time. Will our hero return or will he be stuck for ever in a world full of stand-offish leather jacket clad Montaigne quoting journo-novelists?
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