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Incredible Bodies

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In this sordid and hilarious tale of whopping academic grants, sleeping on the job, sexual confusion and consenting adults, terrifying departmental secretaries, surprise impregnations and alcoholic lecturers we might conclude that most people are just not cut out for university life.
Paperback, 372 pages
Published March 19th 2007 by Bloomsbury UK (first published March 1st 2006)
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Tom
Sep 07, 2016 Tom rated it liked it
Yes the plot is preposterous and characters absurd but I found it quite funny at times.

Quote of the book:
"The mango juice was sweet and fibrous, like swallowing a soft, yellow rope"
Du
Nov 06, 2016 Du rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
North Water was crazy good. Intense and detailed. Incredible Bodies was crazy bad. I am not sure what happened, but I am glad to find North Water first. The characters are contrived, the plot is so far from realistic it isn't worth going over, and the use of smelling and touching of things and people is way overboard. Do not waste your time.
Marilyn
Nov 08, 2016 Marilyn rated it liked it
I am surprised I liked it because it was abaout academia. They live in a privileged , yet oddly maniacal world of deceit, and maneuvering, and secrets and public face. Weird world; good story; good writing.
Brendan
Aug 02, 2016 Brendan rated it it was ok
First, let me say that I read The North Water prior to this, and thought it was fantastic. Furthermore, I work in academia and love comic novels, so I’m presumably the ideal audience for this campus romp. As such, it gives me no pleasure to say that this is a bad book.

Why is it bad? Well, for one thing the plot is preposterous and driven by actions totally contrary to the characters’ established natures and basically discordant with human nature in general. You know the feeling you get when str
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Tracey Madeley
May 10, 2014 Tracey Madeley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Incredible Bodies charts the academic politics of an English Department through the characters and staff. Morris Gutman is the temporary lecturer whose unfashionable interest in Arthur Alderley pushes him to the side lines.

A hit and run transforms his life when he leaves the scene of the accident and plagiarises a student’s work portraying it as his own. This catapults him into the heart of the Department competing for research grants with colleague Zoe Cable. While away on conference they have
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PeterB
Apr 13, 2016 PeterB rated it liked it
A book set within the realm of Academia with all the politics, rivalries, and backbiting that entails with a largely tragi-comic cast.
I came to this after reading Ian Mcguire's second book The North Water. The two could not be more different, however both are entertaining and well written. I just didn't feel this was as compulsive a read, more an enjoyable romp.
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Academia is ridiculous and this book reminds us why.
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affected me a great deal, i can't understand how this one got away, Read it!
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Ian McGuire is the author of The North Water published by Henry Holt in March 2016. Ian grew up in East Yorkshire, and studied at the University of Manchester in England and the University of Virginia in the United States. He is the co-founder and co-director of the University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing. He has published short stories in The Paris Review, The Chicago Review and ...more
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