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Small World by David Lodge
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Sep 19, 2011

really liked it
Read from September 19 to October 09, 2011

After a slow start that focuses rather too closely on the subject at hand (literary discourse, structuralism, etc), Small World evolves into farcical series of coincidences to rival Tales of the City. One of the diffuse protagonists' Grail quest seems rather too silly for my eyes - unschooled as I am in the ways of the extreme classics - but the book works on the whole because of the intense and ridiculous tapestry woven between its pages.

There is nothing particularly profound about the contents of Small World, but the eventual tightness of its structure allows for a highly enjoyable read and showcases Lodge's accomplishments as a writer. It wins bonus points because of its not-at-all villainous German WWII officer.

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Reading Progress

09/19/2011 page 49
14.0% "Lodge does entirely too well at satirising boring academic talk by producing paragraphs at a time packed full of it."
10/07/2011 page 237
67.0% "Around page 70, this book transformed into something infinitely more artful and interesting. The intersection of characters becomes compelling, but the material is occasionally more salacious than one would think is necessary."

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