The Campus Trilogy: Changing Places / Small World / Nice Work
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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 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 Englis...more
Paperback, 832 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Penguin Books (first published 1993)
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David Sinck
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...more
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...more
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
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
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.
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.
I read this while I was nervously awaiting the posh lunch with David Lodge...all three novels are brilliant - funny, intelligent and immensely readable.
Very funny, wry British humour. Pokes fun at academics, always a fun past time!
Fun to read, especially if you've spent any time around university English departments.
Brilliant as expected - must download some more David Lodge
Funny and clever. I really liked it. I could read Lodge all day.
I read the first two parts.
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.
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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...more
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