- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (2 May 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140046569
- ISBN-13: 978-0140046564
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 597,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses Paperback – 2 May 2002
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"A magnificent comic novel" (Guardian)
"Three-star rating for a laugh a line" (Evening Standard)
"Not since Lucky Jim has such a funny book about academic life come my way" (Sunday Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The first of the hilarious novels in the campus trilogy, Changing Places is a funny and wise tale of academic ill-manners - David Lodge at his comic best. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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It was originally published in 1975 and, unfortunately, has not aged very well.
The idea of the plot gives lots of scope of comedy. Professors can be made to be funny characters and the thought of the comparison of UK/US cultures in the sixties/seventies has some interesting ideas. I also liked the sections in the book where the author changed styles, using letters, headlines and even a play script to tell the story.
However, I didn't enjoy reading the book as a whole. The main characters were dull and underdeveloped and not enough was made of the culture clash.
Published in 1975 and set in 1969 this book bubbles with picturesque observations and a penetratingly accurate portrayal of the differences between English Academia versus American Academia. Policeman Plod versus Sherriff Shlick.
The book revolves around the exchange posting between two lecturers, one an American from California, Morris Zapp, and the other from the Midlands England, Philip Sparrow. David Lodge weaves a wonderful tapestry around the six months each lecturer spends in the other's campus. Albeit at times slightly over political with regard to the student unrest in the late 60's which is less of interest to today's reader, this novel is an excellent depiction of its period.
Lodge's sharp wit comes to life very early and I especially enjoyed Zapp's surprise on learning that he was the only man of the 156 passengers aboard the charter flight to Heathrow. If you cannot guess why, read this wonderful novel and find out.
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and the USA-Britain culture clash.