The Quantity Theory of Insanity

The Quantity Theory of Insanity

by Will Self

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What if there is only a limited amount of sanity in the world and the real reason people go mad is because somebody has to? What if a mysterious tribe in the Amazon rainforest turn out to be the most boring people on the earth? What if the afterlife is nothing more than a London suburb, where the dead get new flats, new jobs, and their own telephone directory? These are the sort of truths that emerge in this collection of stories by one of England's most gifted writers.

In The Quantity Theory of Insanity, Will Self tips over the banal surfaces of everyday existence to uncover the hideous, the hilarious, and the bizarre. Psychiatry, anthropology, theology—and literature—will never be the same.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679750949
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1996
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: 1st Vintage International ed
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Will Self grew up in London, where he lives with his wife and two children. The Quantity Theory of Insanity won the 1993 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the 1992 John llewellyn Rhys Prize. He is also the author of Cock & Bull and My Idea of Fun.

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The Quantity Theory of Insanity 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
booklove2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These stories seemed like episodes of 'The Twilight Zone'. I REALLY loved the 'Ward 9' story!! I'd give that one a 9 and the other stories a 7. But as usual with British books, the Britishisms probably hindered my enjoyment of the book since I didn't understand a lot of it. Will Self's writing reminds me of a ton of other writers (from what I've read): Valdimir Nabokov, Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, Kurt Vonnegut, T.C. Boyle, Stephen Fry's Making History
brakketh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love the way Will Self engages with and creates his stories. Very interesting ideas and exploration of said ideas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago