The umbrella man : a novel

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Issue Date:
2005
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NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. Access is restricted indefinitely. ----- The Umbrella Man is the story of a homeless eccentric living around the Domain and the Botanic Gardens in the lead up to the Sydney Olympics. The main character, Adam as he calls himself, lives initially in a shelter he has built beneath a roof of umbrellas, near the Gardens. When the authorities remove this shelter he begins to live under a ‘teepee’ of umbrellas which he fashions nightly in the Robbie Bums Garden. The story deals with the pressures of the homeless life: the danger of violence, the need for shelter and the struggle for mental health. Before the Sydney Olympics a series of homeless people were murdered. There were also pressures to remove them from the facilities they occupied around the inner city and convert these facilities into tourist accommodation. The novel dramatises these issues and events in a lyrical and amusing fashion and portrays the homeless community through the eyes of the Umbrella Man. The dangers to the community are personified in the figure of the real estate developer, M, with whom the main character becomes obsessed.
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