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Changing Places (The Campus Trilogy #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  4,479 ratings  ·  265 reviews
Euphoric State University with its whitestone, sun-drenched campus and England's damp red-brick University of Rummidge have an annual professorial exchange scheme, and as the first day of the last year of the tumultuous sixties dawns, Philip Swallow and Morris Zapp are the designated exchangees. They know they'll be swapping class rosters, but what they don't know is that ...more
Paperback, 251 pages
Published October 25th 1979 by Penguin Books (first published 1975)
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Changing Places is the first of David Lodge's "Campus" series, this one being set in 1969 and published in 1975. The sexual revolution, Vietnam, student sit-ins and smoking "pot" are all highly topical themes; the novel is pure "psychedelic '60's." The style is redolent of Lodge's dry, sardonic humour, so it is very entertaining to read. The setting he has created affords plenty of his waspish observations, so perhaps this is why he is doffing his cap to the Inimitable with his title.

David Lodge
Não sei o que se passa comigo, que ando muito chorona com as leituras…
Mas adoro quando isso acontece - desde que não sejam lágrimas de tédio –. Através das lágrimas expresso a emoção, diversão e consequentemente o prazer que um livro tem o “dever” de me oferecer.

“A Troca” é mais um livro que me fez chorar copiosamente… mas de muito riso.
Através de diálogos e situações hilariantes, David Lodge oferece-nos uma história simples e divertida, mas que nos incentiva à reflexão.
O contraste entre os anse
“A Troca” de David Lodge é uma divertida narrativa sobre um intercâmbio universitário de professores decorrida em 1969: O inglês Philip Swallow da Universidade de Remexe vai lecionar seis meses na Universidade de Euforia e o americano Morris Zapp da Universidade de Euforia parte durante seis meses para a Universidade de Remexe.

São seis meses em que as vidas dos dois homens se sobrepõem ante o olhar ávido do leitor que segue com entusiasmo as peripécias de Philip numa universidade americana em pé
To everyone who was telling me I should read this: you were right, you were right, you were so so right. One of my favorite books is Kingsley Amis' Lucky Jim, so of course I would love Lodge's academic comedy—especially since it comes with the bonus of being set in Birmingham and Berkeley. They're not called Birmingham and Berkeley, of course, but if you have any familiarity with either locale, it becomes even more amusing to "decode" the various place names (i.e., Silver Span, Cable Avenue, e ...more
Mar 22, 2014 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like to laugh; People who were college students in 1969; College professors from any era
Shelves: fiction
It's 1969 and British English Professor Philip Swallow and American English Professor Morris Zap are trading places. It's long been a tradition between their two universities to exchange a professor for 6 months.

Both of them leave their wives and children behind. Both of them have eye-opening experiences in their new surroundings.

Philip is a quiet, proper, faithful man. He's never cheated on his wife of 16 years and he has three kids. However, he must admit it IS nice to get away from family lif
Is humour a fragile or robust artform? A discussion took place here: and one could not hope for a more apt example of the issues involved than this book. Paul kicked it off with the comment that ‘Comedy may be one of the frailer arts because it depends so much on the immediate cultural situation’.

Some of the best comedy does indeed depend on the immediate situation around it and its life span is sadly short as a consequence. Culturally referenced comedy
One of the advantages of a reading group is that you are forced (really much too harsh a word) to read books you’ve always meant to and that many people have recommended but that you’ve just never gotten around to. Such was the case with David Lodge’s Changing Places.

What a delight. This is one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. It chronicles the events in the lives of two professors, Philip Swallow, of Rummidge College in England, and Morris Zapp, professor of English at Euphori
Incredibly amusing, alert, witty but unpretentious at the same time, though, being part of a campus novel trilogy, someone might expect a lot of academia breathing through its pages. The plot is quite obvious, due to the title, Philip (British) and Morris (American) are supposed to exchange places as English Literature professors for 6 months. But since life always takes us by surprise, they change not only positions and it's a good opportunity for Lodge to use his own experience in order to emp ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Mar 29, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 501 Must Read Books
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Taken as a whole, the writing and the concept were both novel. The simultaneous and similar incidents that happened to Philip and Morris were funny and the way David narrated them are simply entertaining. The drama script format in the final chapter would really gave an idea to those who read and liked this that this is cut for a movie or a sitcom (which I read in Wikipedia to really have happened in the 70s). Although it is now dated (there was no computer yet and there was a mention of electri ...more
It is the end of the 1960s, there is political, social and sexual revolution in the air, although more so on the West Coast of the USA than in England's industrial midlands. Against this backdrop, the conventional, one might even say dull, Philip Swallow, an English Literature lecturer at a fictional university in the fictional English midlands city of Rummidge, takes part in an exchange scheme with Morris Zapp, a counterpart at the equally fictional, though equally believable, Europhic State Un ...more
Mar 03, 2010 Avid rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Avid by: Vikram Nagulan
One fine day, when I was done with all the books borrowed from the library and didn’t have anything tempting to read from my own collection, my friend lent me this book A David Lodge Trilogy. I had never heard of the author before, but was sure it will not disappoint me since I and my lending friend share similar tastes for books. The trilogy contains three books: Changing Places, Small World and Nice Work.

David Lodge is a British author and has more than 20 books to his credit. His latest book,
A lively predecessor to Small World, Changing Places is a story about two English professors doing an international University exchange which is a quarter over before they even get off the planes in their opposite number's country. This book isn't entirely good - the racial and sexual undertones of a paragraph set in a felon holding tank is particularly retrograde - but it is mostly entertaining and amusing. The men aren't entirely clean and the women are allowed independence and intelligence qu ...more
Jaq Greenspon
Two professors, alike in propensity...

David Lodge's book of two university professors on a job exchange in 1969 is a fun read, reminding me of the works of Thorne Smith in its light-hearted dealings of sometimes serious matters. The book is a snapshot of the end of the 60s told from the safe distance of 1975 (the book's publication date) and shows the differences and, more importantly, the similarities between a Berkeley-like Euphoria (located in a fictive middle state between north and south Ca
Il libro come romanzo tradizionale non è granché. La trama è improbabile, i personaggi principali poco definiti, incongruenti (il protagonista Swallow impiega pochi giorni per diventare disinvoltamente ciò che non era mai stato per un decennio), quelli secondari praticamente delle macchiette.
Ma il libro è degli anni sessanta, e l'autore è un professore e critico letterario e questo libro è un suo giocattolo: è pieno di "meta"-citazioni (uno dei due protagonisti è un esperto di Jane Austen; si ci
For anyone who has been involved with higher academia, David Lodge is your P.G. Wodehouse. The books are filled alternately with a love for literature and a shock/disgust/bemusement at what intelligent people do with it. In Lodge's books, the academic is often a passive or Dionysian sex-starved maniac let loose on a world that couldn't care less about his intellect. The first of the trilogy, "Changing Places," is like opening a time capsule: set in 1969, when a character quizzically asks what Wo ...more
"There was one respect alone in which Philip was recognized as a man of distinction, though only within the confines of his own Department. He was a superlative examiner of undergraduates: scrupulous, painstaking, stern yet just. No one could award a delicate mark like B+/B+?+ with such confident aim, or justify it with such cogency and conviction. In the Department meetings that discussed draft question papers he was much feared by his colleagues because of his keen eye for the ambiguous rubric ...more
Erica Verrillo
Donald Lodge's hilarious farce about academia in the late '60s may be somewhat dated (I doubt any younger readers will know what 'grock' means), but it still got quite a few laughs out of me. Lodge's humor is dry, clever, ironic--in short, quintessentially British.

The story takes place on two campuses, Rummidge (Birmingham), and Euphoric State (Berkeley). (The thinly veiled references, as well as Lodge's protestations to the contrary, simply add to the fun.) Morris Zapp, a hairy, husky, irrevere
Sơn Phước

Khi chưa đọc cuốn sách này, tôi nghĩ rằng mình sẽ cực kỳ thích nó. Tôi tò mò không biết rằng trong vòng vỏn vẹn gần 400 trang, David Lodge sẽ khiến cho hai giảng viên một Anh một Mỹ ban đầu từ đổi chỗ làm cho tới đổi cả vợ như thế nào. Có lẽ vì lý do đó mà tôi đã hơi thất vọng một tẹo.

Vẫn hài hước và khá thú vị nhưng đề cập đến xã hội Mỹ những năm 60, vốn là đề tài tôi không hứng thú. Tác giả đã có chủ ý tránh gây nhàm chán bằng cách cho vào ba chương đổi cách viết: một chương là những lá
A campus book. Two professor swapping their places. The Ebglish goes to America. The American goes to his place in Britain.English literature. The American . Fun called literature in their lives . Student-s book. Literature student's book Otherwise the plot is common. One needs spare time to read this
Rob Tapper
Was published in 1975 which may explain my enthusiasm for the setting and the times. Carried well my nostalgia for the times and provided an uncanny assessment of where those then new trends were going.
A rollicking good read and a lot of hypocrisy in those times aptly dispelled.
Humor, depth, accuracy, and very well strung together for easy reading.
The ending a self fulfilling prophecy of an author at wits' end.

Judy Higgins
This book had me chuckling out loud. In fact, I can't remember having read such a funny book in a long time. In "Changing Places," a British professor, Phillip Swallow, changes places with an American professor, Morris Zapp during the tumultuous sixties. The result is the hilarious lack of understanding of two cultures. The story seesaws back and forth between California and England. An event or scene in one country generates its counterpart in the other. In the beginning, the book follows a typ ...more
Glen Engel-Cox
I read this on the train to New Jersey and back in January, and I'm sure my fellow passengers were looking at me strangely, because I was snorting and saying, "ha!" outloud. Maybe it's just being around academics again, but I found this novel extremely funny, and I probably will search out more Lodge based on it.

The idea is simple: two professors, one at a small college in England, the other at a huge conglomerate in California, switch places for an academic year. The English professor, who is b
Justin Evans
Good entertainment with fun characters, but hardly flawless. It's dated in an odd way- the academic life these days revolves *completely* around computers. But in this novel the profs use typewriters. Now, that's not Lodge's fault, and it doesn't really make too much of a difference. It's just amusing. But it's dated in another way- tiresome pomo trickiness. It makes fun of 'how to write a novel' handbooks! Hilarious! It makes fun of the debate about realism and the novel and film! Hilarious! It ...more
John Lucy

As a former professor of literature and theory, David Lodge expertly weaves the intellectual into a story full of intellectuals who are managing life, having affairs, sharing wives, visiting strip clubs, and all the while smartly commenting on American and British society, particularly university campus society. The main characters are English professors, one from an American university and one from a British university, who participate for differing reasons in a professor-exchange progr
I enjoyed this book, although I'm not at all sure why anyone would think it was a "must-read" item. Two English professors, one American and one British, exchange jobs for 6 months with interesting consequences for their work and family lives -- and the ending does not resolve those consequences. The American university in the book is a thinly-disguised (very thinly -- the view is of the "Silver Span" bridge) version of Berkeley. Did I mention this takes place in 1969? There's a lot of humourous ...more
I am well placed to fully appreciate re-reading this book:

1. I moved to San Francisco ("Esseph") back in July, and discovered that the city is more absurdly beautiful and sunny (at least in the Mission) than I expected. I would sit out on the patio in January with a cup of coffee, wearing shorts and a short sleeve shirt, and watch the fronds of a palm tree gently blown by the breeze. Of course SF is also totally gritty and has tons of problems, but in the right frame of mind and sitting in the
John Pappas
A light, diverting academic satire without the pathos of Lucky Jim or the manic energy of Straight Man. The author relies on some Pomo gamesmanship to provide laughs or variety, which works occasionally, but not to the extent the author hopes. There's an aimlessness here to the plot that no trickery can hide. Does Lodge wish to draw attention to our desire for closure, our need to construct artificial systems of knowledge, when the universe doesn't really work that way? If so, grand-- but a bala ...more
Eva St. Clair
Jan 11, 2012 Eva St. Clair rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Berkeleyans
This book is full of subtle misogyny and complete ignorance of the impact affairs have on small children. Yet it's quite a funny description of Berkeley and its apparently imaginary counterpart in England, so I'm still reading it. It has one truly annoying feature, which is that Lodge has renamed all of the American (and possibly English) place/people names, such as the state of Euphoria for California, and Pythagoras Place for Euclid Avenue. I find it extremely irritating, particularly since it ...more
Seward Park Branch Library, NYPL

'Changing Places' by David Lodge is a tight little book about two professors who swap universities in a visiting professor program. Phillip Swallow, our British professor, leaves behind the familial coziness and red brick damp of Rummidge University (or, Birmingham University, where David Lodge himself taught English), while Morris Zapp takes a brake from the West Coast's Euphoria State University (Berkeley University) and its drama of student protests and cutting-edge radio.

In the process, '
Andrew Fairweather

'Changing Places' by David Lodge is a tight little book about two professors who swap universities in a visiting professor program. Phillip Swallow, our British professor, leaves behind the familial coziness and red brick damp of Rummidge University (or, Birmingham University, where David Lodge himself taught English), while Morris Zapp takes a brake from the West Coast's Euphoria State University (Berkeley University) and its drama of student protests and cutting-edge radio.

In the process, '
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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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