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The Campus Trilogy: Changing Places; Small World; Nice Work
"A trio of dazzling novels in a comic mode that the author has now made completely his own...a cause for celebration." -The New York Times Book Review
David Lodge's three delightfully sophisticated campus novels, now gathered together in one volume, expose the world of academia at its best-and its worst. In Changing Places, we meet Philip Swallow, British lecturer in English at the University of Rummidge, and the flamboyant American Morris Zapp of Euphoric State University, who participate in a professorial exchange program at the close of the tumultuous sixties. Ten years later in Small World, older but not noticeably wiser, they are let loose on the international conference circuit-along with a memorable and somewhat oversexed cast of dozens. And in Nice Work, the leftist feminist Dr. Robyn Penrose at Rummidge University is assigned to shadow the director of a local engineering firm, sparking a collision of ideologies and lifestyles that seems unlikely to foster anything other than mutual antipathy.
David Lodge is the author of twelve novels and a novella, including the Booker Prize finalists Small World and Nice Work. He is also the author of many works of literary criticism, including The Art of Fiction and Consciousness and the Novel. read more
Reviews forThe Campus Trilogy: Changing Places; Small World; Nice Work
I thought this was a bit of a mixed bag. I generally enjoyed the first volume until the ending; there were obvious metafictional reasons why it was done the way it was, but I still found it very unsatisfactory from the point of view of the story, and it spoilt the book for me considerably. I got very impatient with the second novel, because there was too much sex in it and I felt that this was holding up the plot. The third novel was easily the best in my opinion, although there were times when I tended to lose sympathy with the two protagonists. I suspect part of the reason I enjoyed it more than the other two was that Lodge's clever metafictional devices were not being allowed to intrude so much on the actual telling of the story.Having said that, Lodge does have some priceless moments which are laugh-out-loud funny, and his characterisation is sharp and well observed. I don't think I'll be reading this one again in the very near future, but it might well be worth someone's time and trouble to condense it.read more
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