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A David Lodge Trilogy: Changing Places, Small World, Nice Work Paperback – 29 Aug 2002
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"Lodge's wit... like that of Wodehouse, froths around and out of characters.. hugely enjoyable" (Spectator)
"Clever enough to confirm him as one of the leading comic writers of his generation" (Guardian)
"All funny, clever and beautifully paced" (Daily Mail) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
A trio of dazzling novels revolving around the University of Rummidge and the eventful lives of its role-swapping academics, all introduced by the author. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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David Lodge at his insightful , humorous best as we trace the trials , tribulations and ambitions of two entirely different academics from each side of the pond . The slightly stayed , but randy none the less , English lecturer and the more worldly and even more randy American professor. Set against the two countries very different worlds of academia and written by someone who knows of which he writes this is a very interesting and laugh out loud trilogy .
Written between 1975 and 1988 and spanning three decades they engender a nice feeling for the not so distant past with references to costs , communications and general living standards which beg the question : Is this really how we lived just 20 to 35 years ago ? It could take place in another century . Come to think of it : it did , but you know what I mean .
I mentioned that there is humor . There is also eroticism . And indeed humorous eroticism or erotic humor. Bags of both .
A compact volume for light , entertaining , holiday reading . It is a great buy .
Lodge's trilogy spans three decades of the 'international [university] campus'. In Phillip Swallow and Morris Zapp, we see two central characters who are poles apart professionally and personally and yet drawn together time and time again with hilarious and sometimes chaotic results.
Lodge demonstrates his knack of telling a good yarn and makes writing the contemporary novel appear effortless. If, like me, you thoroughly enjoy this collection you will probably go on to read his many other novels or critical works.
David Lodge is one of England's most talented and brilliant living writers and this trilogy is one of his best works. It is simply first rate. Just read it.
Kindle version is good - though there are a couple of Americanisms they have chosen to include. (Not, mercifully, the spellings though!)