The British Museum is Falling Down Paperback – 27 Jun 2002
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"Brilliantly funny" (Guardian)
"A comic tour de force...the hapless Appleby remains one of his most keenly observed characters" (Observer) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
A brilliant satire from the Booker-shortlisted author of Deaf Sentence, about academia, religion and the perils of 'Vatican roulette'. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.
The British Museum is where he goes to study, and each chapter is neatly prefaced with a literary quotation about it. The edition I have has an added afterword by the author, and this is where I discovered how badly read I am on modern classics, as Lodge has included ten different styles of literary pastiche including Lawrence, Joyce, Greene, Woolf and Hemingway et al. Looking back, I think I can locate some of them, but I will have to re-read some time in the future, (only being familiar with Greene, and having recently read my first Hemingway).
Great fun though even if you don't get all the jokes.
Most complicated of all, Adam receives a letter from a woman who has unpublished manuscript from a minor writer who was originally going to be the subject of his thesis. Because publication of this might save his academic career, Adam visits the woman, leading to a series of `adventures' involving the women's sex-obsessed teenage daughter, and some sinister foreign butchers who live in the basement of her house. Needless to say the manuscript is rubbish, although he does manage to earn a commission by selling it.Read more ›
I liked this a great deal. As comic novels go, this is a very fine example.
Adam Appleby is a Paul Pennyfeather lookalike, who can't have sex with his wife because a priest says so. That's about it.
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I enjoyed this early writing of David Lodge. It had humour, and at times rather ridiculous scenarios, but it fitted in with the general fabric of the story. Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2013 by bibliophile
I struggled with this, but gave up before half-way, as I was just not interested in what happened. The trouble is that is full of cute conversation that would be funny, did it not... Read morePublished on 28 July 2013 by Richard Koch (real name)
Having read 'Therapy', 'Changing Places' and 'The Art of Fiction' amongst other books by David Lodge, which all held my attention throughout, I found this one slightly less... Read morePublished on 23 May 2013 by Bluebell
Terribly dated now. Incomprehensible to non Catholics that anyone would put oneself through such agony and torment. . Read morePublished on 21 April 2013 by Jane Sanger
book looked like new, no marks or evidence that it had been read at all? Arrived well packaged and quickly.Published on 1 Mar. 2013 by KM Boyd