Intended for literary types rather than for mental health professionals, the book has a style that is easy and accessible. It reflects the author's dual skills as professor and novelist. Lodge energetically explains concepts such as "memes," "intertextuality," "postmodernism," and "modernist." Still, most psychiatrists will find themselves limping behind the literary lingo, hobbled by an aching awareness of how much has transpired it literary criticism since their college days. Some will decide that literature is best left to specialists and will put the book aside. Those who persevere will be rewarded with a renewed appreciation of the interface between literature and psychiatry.