Books: Naked Brunch

THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY by Julian Mitchell. 307 pages. Grove. $5.95.

Julian Mitchell's tricky new novel is about two sensitive, well-educated Englishmen who have widely varying difficulties trying to establish diplomatic relations with their demons and angels. For Charles Humphries, the attempt results in apathy and a self-destructive critical reflex. For Charles' oldest and dearest friend, the process produces The Undiscovered Country itself. The narrator of the novel is not only called Julian Mitchell but bears his real-life social, academic and professional credentials as well.

As if this were not enough of a literary contrivance, Author Mitchell also splits his book into two parts....

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