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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  3,566 ratings  ·  223 reviews
Lawrence Passmore, Tubby para los amigos, debería sentirse satisfecho de la vida. Ha llegado a la mediana edad felizmente casado con una mujer guapa e inteligente a la que ama, es el guionista de una sitcom televisiva que se ha mantenido durante años en pantalla y le ha hecho moderadamente rico y famoso, vive en un idílico pueblo próximo a Londres, lejos del mundanal ruido ...more
Paperback, Compactos #250, 408 pages
Published May 28th 2001 by Anagrama (first published 1995)
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I remember this as an enjoyable book. It contains several typical Lodge themes - the contrast, really mild culture shock, between two families & British Catholicism.

The narrator works in television and as the novel opens his life goes into a downward spiral. He develops his self-awareness, reads Kierkegaard (and that notion of debate within Kierkegaard's writing is mirrored by the narrator's inner dialogue) tracks down and meets up with his old school girlfriend, who has lost a breast as a risk
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
David Lodge is always entertaining, with a great gift for witty dialogue, and is genuinely funny. The writing is good, the insight into life acute as ever. This book centres on an ageing scriptwriter who is successful at work, but depressed, hence the therapy. As his life falls apart, he becomes increasingly obsessed with Kirkegaard, the father of existential angst. There is a cheerful resolution at the end though, which is quite satisfying.
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
One of the best books ever written. It made me laugh out loud, and not many books do that. It also made me think and presents the idea that we all grow and change into (hopefully) better people. Tragedy can spark introspection and change, even if we think the event that occurs is horrible and we will never be able to recover.
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love David Lodge, but this book about sitcom writer Tubby Passmore didn't blow me away as much as his others.

Tubby is a very self obsessed character suffering from depression and I found his first person narrative a drudge to read through. Lodge doses up the final third of the book with his usual Catholic musings and a pilgrimage but I had lost interest by then.

This book has taken me a few months to get through when normally I will devour a Lodge book in a day and night. So, for me, not one of
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading a couple of chapters, I thought this book was going to be a somewhat playful romp and although our protagonist Tubby amused me, I was, frankly, a little bored. Being on a 13-hour plane ride as I was, I very much needed to get utterly lost in a novel, so I put down this book and picked up another novel only to return to Therapy weeks later. I’m glad I didn’t abandon Tubby forever because, despite my initial impressions, this novel has a great deal of substance to it. This work blend ...more
Christian Schwoerke
I enjoyed the novel on a couple of different levels, as pure entertainment, as the exploration of a psyche in turmoil, as a personal triumph/redemption story, and—guiltily—because I felt my knowledge of Kierkegaard earned me entry into an insider's circle. David Lodge has cleverly told a number of comic tales that entail an insider's vantage on a particular professional worlds, sometimes superficially (cognitive science in Thinks...) and sometimes with striking resonance (literary criticism in C ...more
Dec 08, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
I really didn't expect to like this book, and didn't for most of it. I find Kierkegaard about as uninteresting a philosopher as it is possible to be and the idea of reading a novel about a man obsessed with him - particularly a man as seemingly unaware of himself as this guy seemed - was a complete pain.

Then, about half way through Lodge has a series of bits of writing that are as nasty as hell about the main character written by the women in his life. And from there this becomes quite a differ
Nick Davies
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This was a very serendipitous choice, I really enjoyed it. Here Lodge tells the story of a neurotic married TV screenwriter Laurence 'Tubby' Passmore (or, as this is mainly from the viewpoint of the protagonist's diaries, 'allows the story to be told') during struggles with his health, personal and professional life. From that, it might not sound like a particularly appealing read, but I found plenty in common with the overanalytical man at the centre of this story, and thought the writing both ...more
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, contemporary
this was interesting and fun to read. 1993 in london - tubby passmore is 58, a successful sit-com writer of « the people next door », he has a great house and car, a good marriage and adult kids who are doing fine... the only problem? he is unhappy most of the time, plus - a therapy-resistent pain in his knee. told in a mix of journal - monologues about him by different people (this part i liked best) - memoir - and journal again. i enjoyed the humour and the setting, and learned about how sit-c ...more
David Lodge is the author of a collection of essays, titled The Art of Fiction, that is one of my favorite guides to writing. Here, in Therapy, he turns to fiction, describing the mid-life crisis of Laurence Passmore, a British sitcom writer. This choice of a writer as first-person narrator means that Lodge is able to load the book with sharply observed details of life in early 1990s England, and of Passmore's growing fascination with Keirkegaard--especially that philosopher's unhappy relationsh ...more
Professor Weasel
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, favorites
one of my favourite books of all time, i relate to the main character's existential crisis + despair SO, SO MUCH! ...more
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Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious and moving, "Therapy" continues to explore contemporary man's maladjustment with his urban environment and his inner self. Although this could well be a good definition for a book written in the vein of the absurd, that is not Lodge's path.
Lawrence Passmore is a great example of the man who has succeeded in his personal and professional life, yet something is missing. The "pain in the knee", of inexplicable origin and persisting after surgery, aptly symbolizes something elusive that p
Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First thing is that after reading the last words in the book, I closed the book with an intense satisfaction and with the same amount of satisfaction I wanted to start again.

Therapy is about a man falling in an existential void, obsessively tryin to(regain something) "breathe" through a dramatic philosophy, women, voyages and professional displeasure. And more! but I don't want to ruin it for you.

It's written rather nostalgic and humourous, but authentically pin pointing the(importance of havin
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-drive, 2015
I thought this was a fabulous book. It is the story of Laurence "Tubby" Passmore, a television script writer who is having trouble at home, suffereing with a wonky knee and has a star who wants to leave his show. His psychotherapist suggests he keep a journal. He also goes to physiotherapy, acupuncture and aroma therapy - he is a bit of a mess. What follows is a hilarious tale of his life, female encounters and a sweet tale of his first love. A very enjoyable read. ...more
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What began as a character study of an irritatingly self-possessed, contemporary Englishman who writes sitcoms, evolved into a subtle review of what can happen when one takes time for, of all people: Kirkegaard, the Danish philosopher. This is a wacky book about recollecting oneself. I loved it.
Pater Edmund
A brilliantly clever book. The main character identifies with Kierkegaard. Alas the ending (though very neat) is subtly off; one of the characters shows a moral blindness that doesn't fit with what we know of her. Kierkegaard would not approve. ...more
Aug 01, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Andy
very funny book about mid life crisis, loss of love, and kierkegaard. sounds pretentious, but it's clever in that oh so british way. ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book I wouldn't have read otherwise. Excellent writing, character development and ending. Very funny. All in all, a feel good book about a neurotic character like me :) ...more
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny, with winsome middle aged protagonist and a surprisingly touching and satisfying ending.
Hala Alzaghal
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So here is the thing, a lot of reviews written about it say it's funny and makes you laugh. It had some funny parts, but all in all, it was a sad realization of how all things end, and how you realize you were with the right person until it's too late, and that people do not wake up to see the blessings around them until they leave. I know we all know these sentences by heart, but we still forget about them until we hear another story to realize that once again, we are ungrateful. or until it ha ...more
Mary Papastavrou
From an author I adore, it's a neat and nice book, but not of Lodgean heights. The best bit in it is the way he handles his hero's sudden obsession with Kirkegaard. And makes me nostalgic of Copenhagen... ...more
Rob Stainton
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
Just didn't grab me. ...more
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amusing and smart page-turner.
Therapy indeed :)
Jul 11, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Laurence "Tubby" Passmore should be happy, but he isn't. He's wealthy, successful, has a good marriage, and a long-term platonic mistress. But at mid-life, he is depressed and under the care of a psychiatrist, an acupuncturist, an aromatherapist, and he's obsessed with Kierkegaard. In addition, he suffers from Internal Derangement of the Knee, an intermittent stabbing pain that seems to function as his conscience and which surgery has failed to eliminate. Then his wife leaves him, he goes a litt ...more
Angie B.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Kill me, please.
Jun 11, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, english-lit
I’m running out of new ways to talk about how much I enjoy David Lodge. This is another funny, bitter, hopeful book, told with some interesting stylistic/narrative choices, which is typical of Lodge. The stuff about the British television industry was especially a treat. I didn’t enjoy it as much as Paradise News or the Changing Places trilogy, but that doesn’t mean I still didn’t enjoy it a lot. ...more
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very nearly didn't get to the half way point of this book, as I found the company of successful television script-writer Laurence "Tubby" Passmore dull, tedious and boring. Even his mid-life angst failed to arouse my interest and sympathy. But then....Tubby's attempts to restore health and contentment begin to bear fruit with the help of Kierkegaard and an honest re-evaluation of his past, and I was untimately very glad to be Tubby's companion as his journey becomes pilgrimage and he finds his ...more
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lot better than it should have been considering it was written by a largely forgotten comic writer who peaked in London just before it started swinging. The humor is clean and conservative, the kind of stuff a vaguely dirty grandpa might tell you in private. But there's a serious, sad story here and it's told in some interesting, possibly gimmicky ways that remind me of Philip Roth's much praised The Counterlife. You also learn more than you ever wanted to about Søren Kierkegaard and ...more
May 03, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Lodge totally cracks me up. I thought this book started out incredibly strong... I was laughing out loud reading it at work, and I think Lodge works with a lot of cool ideas, but I think it lost a little wind at the end. Actually, I found the last third a little disconnected from the rest of the book, but I still would recommend this book as entertaining beach reading.
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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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