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Quite fun, but better if you can get the joke?
on 10 April 2008
A comic novel all about birth control - or indeed the lack of it and its effects. The main character, Adam Appleby doesn't live in the garden of Eden; he's trying to get to grips with his thesis but only manages to worry about his ever expanding family.
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.