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The beginning of something great,
This review is from: The British Museum is Falling Down (Paperback)
Perhaps the most useful description of this novel by the magnificent Mr. Lodge is to explain the effect that it had on me: I ordered everything else he has written.
This is a funny, unapologetically intelligent novel that wrestles with a real issue as it unfolds in deeply funny passages. As you'd expect from a man of Lodge's critical stature, there is an interest too in how books are written and literary style (the protagonist is writing his thesis in the Museum), but this is not a dry intellectual exercise, but a wry, clever and engrossing read.
Since reading this, I have read five other novels by him, culminating in his latest "Thinks..." and I promise that no matter where you start with his work, you'll be glad you got the habit: but please give this one a go.
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Spotting the pastiches hidden in the text-Graham Greene, Henry James etc is huge fun, but the cleverest pastiche of all is the stream of consciousness in the epilogue at the end which mirrors Molly Bloom's last thoughts at the end of James Joyce Ulysses. Very highly recommended.
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