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The Campus Trilogy: Changing Places / Small World / Nice Work (The Campus Trilogy #1-3)

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"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 ReviewDavid 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 Englis ...more
Paperback, 832 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Penguin Books (first published 1993)
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Vishnu
May 27, 2016 Vishnu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't enjoyed a book as much as I did this in a while. I refuse to sully the experience by saying too much on the matter except that I love this book, I adore it, and that it is a worthy successor to Lucky Jim, another awfully brilliant book.
Jeff
Jun 23, 2009 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really a stunningly cute trio of stories exploring a topic long overdue; the bad behavior of academics. Lodge has a real gift for seamlessly integrating the ideas and theories that the characters live and breathe into the stories themselves, in such a way as to provide good summaries of literary theory in the post-war era and also at providing a microcosmic snapshot of postwar history itself.
Mary Papastavrou
I love everything and I mean everything, that Professor Lodge ever published. His academic comedy novels are very hard to beat and the early ones have more than a hint of Robertson Davis in them which is a fantastic bonus!
Anindita Satpathi
It's a book like this that should be bigger (figuratively) than they are, be pored over on afternoons, tucked into a bag for a long bus ride and on the must-read list of any one who likes a good laugh. I'm thrilled with this find and will definitely be buying more Lodge.
Small World takes off convincingly from where Changing places left off. Nice Work, by contrast, is an almost-unrelated story with recurring characters. Dealing with the portentous pretensions of academics back in the 60s through
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David Sinck
Sep 28, 2013 David Sinck rated it it was amazing
I remember seeing the TV version of "Small World" made by Granada Television (remember them?) and having fully enjoyed it twenty years ago turned to the trilogy from the pile of "Campus novels" on Blackwell's table to kick start the new uni term.

It takes a really funny book to make me laugh out load, but this series did so. Lodge's grasp of plot and character are such that one is (briefly) a student again. Smoking pot, sex between students and students, students and lecturers,lecturers and lectu
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Kate
Sep 04, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
I read all three of these novels separately and found them very pleasurable. The trick to each is that people of very different persuasions and personalities are thrown together-- and each one winds up learning from and being influenced by the other. The characters are basically likeable (even as you're bound to find one of them more congenial to your own world view) and the changes they undergo seem plausible.
Does the pleasure in reading come from this sense that we all might become wiser as we
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Anne
Jan 08, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing
What fun to read all of these novels back-to-back (although I haven't technically gotten to Nice Work yet.) Lodge does a wonderful job of capturing the time he is living in. Reading Changing Places right after Alison Lurie's "War Between the Tates" was a treat. Both are campus novels featuring academics in their 40's and set in the rapidly changing world of 1969. Superficially, Lodge focuses on the difference between the UK and US, where Lurie focuses on the difference between men and women. But ...more
Krob
Jun 21, 2012 Krob rated it liked it
This is compilation of three novellas. The first two, Changing Places and Small World, were just okay. I started reading the book because I like books about colleges, and these stories were tangentially set on campuses. The third store, Nice Work, was more of what I really wanted to read. It explored the differences between someone who works in industry versus the life of an English professor. Both characters were full of foibles, and their attraction for each other and each other's life style r ...more
Lindsay Pulford
Mixed bag. Changing places was good once I got into it. Small world was disjointed and overblown. Nice work was very good
Livies
Feb 25, 2012 Livies rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'd really give it more like 2.5 stars. This one hurt. I loved "Therapy" by David Lodge SO MUCH and this trilogy was just frustrating. I had high hopes and it just was not what I expected.
Jack
Feb 17, 2012 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.8 stars. I enjoyed these books. Though, this is partly due to my romantic ideas about educational establishments and 60s and 70s architecture. Yeah.
Katrina
Jan 23, 2013 Katrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this while I was nervously awaiting the posh lunch with David Lodge...all three novels are brilliant - funny, intelligent and immensely readable.
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Professor David Lodge is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of University College London. He is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, where he taught from 1960 until 1987, when he retired to write full-time.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, was Chairman of the Judges for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1989, and is the author of numerous works of li
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The Campus Trilogy (3 books)
  • Changing Places
  • Small World
  • Nice Work

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