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Jonathan, o narrador, recorda-nos através de flashbacks as dificuldades que defrontou quando a sua vida normal de estudante universitário foi perturbada pelo ingresso no desumano mundo militar, onde as suas qualidades – inteligência, juízo crítico e cultura – se transformaram em defeitos. Ele detesta a vulgaridade do ambiente de caserna e o tempo perdido a engraxar botas e ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 2005 by Edições Asa (first published 1962)
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Lorenzo Berardi
This is another unripe but still tasty fruit of the early production by David Lodge just like "Out of the shelter".

At this time Lodge flirts and winks with the oddities of military life and the obscene self-referential troopers' slang in the wake of "Catch 22" and "M.A.S.H".

And yet, there is an undeniable Englishness in this book that makes it enjoyable, although not an essential reading, for all the fans of Mr Lodge.
"Ginger you're barmy" narrates the cultural shock of Jonathan Browne, a brilli
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Derek Baldwin
A very easy read, raced through it in a day. In its milieu and in its style this is almost as much a period piece as, say, a Norman Collins, and yet by an author who's still active now, which feels odd. Lodge is a great deal more practiced and accomplished a writer now than he was then but there are flashes of brilliance amid the slightly po faced prose.... So: no great shakes but perfectly entertaining and an interesting period piece, with the afterword accurately bracketing this with the likes ...more
Inês
David Lodge gosta de contar histórias sobre pessoas normais, com vidas normais. No entanto, desta vez, escolheu um tema improvável que ainda assim afectou a vida de muitos jovens e das suas famílias: o serviço militar obrigatório.
As personagens principais, Jonathan e Mike, são empurradas para a tropa sendo forçadas a interromper os seus planos de vida durante dois anos. Ambos dispensariam este episódio das suas vidas mas vão acabar por encará-lo de forma diferente. Jonathan estará mais resignado
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Julie
An early book (his second) by David Lodge, Ginger, You're Barmy promises much that would be delivered in his later books - a sharp taste in social comedy, reflection on religion and family ties, and a withering eye for institutions - in this case the British army in the late 1950s. This is a novel about the impact that National Service had on the lives of young men at the time from somebody who experienced it, and it is represented in all its squalid, pointless detail. The author's afterword add ...more
Isobel
Loved this - another insight into a part of British history that is often glossed over. Appreciated the analytical afterword.
Joshua Mowll
Superbly funny. Not wild about the ending which seemed a bit contrived, but don't let that put you off. The story is about the utter boredom of British National Service (conscription) just after the Second World War. Very clever and well observed writing.
Terry Ravenscroft
Probably a better book about National Service that Leslie Thomas's The Virgin Soldiers, although nothing like as well-known.
Vitoria
O tema do serviço militar talvez não seja favorável à minha apreciação. Mas tem interesse e reflexões que são intemporais e válidas para a vida, de modo geral.
Marie Bouteille
National Service is not an issue frequently dealt with. It sounds realistic with interesting ideas I'd heard before from someone who has the same background.
Tim
Early Lodge but Lodge (therefore, worth reading).
Mary
Lots of Brit lang.
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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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