Thinks . . .
This was a good book to read whilst feeling under the weather because I know I'll never catch all the subtexts and references even if I read it when I was running on full power. David Lodge always gives me a feeling that I'm missing half of what's going on, but it doesn't really matter because he still delivers a very readable story full of laughs, wit and tragedies.
This is another tale of English University life - he's written several before - this one is set at the (fictional) University of G...more
This novel is purported to be about the nature of consciousness and how we never truly know what anyone else is thinking, which should have serious implications for the construction of subjectivity in a novel and could result in illuminating effects were thes ...more
By far the most enjoyable part of the read, in my opinion, were the literary parodies done by Helen's writing students dealing with some of the cognitive science issues brought up in the story.
Sadly I find much of his writing, this book included, to be facile. It's not shit. Or if it's shit, it's fully formed, coherent shit. I just get the impression that he chooses not to exert himself fully, chooses not to delve into his characters like he could, like he should.
It's also difficult not to take some of his male ch ...more
Fascinating read, very entertaining and engaging. It also seemed to further articulate some of those commonly co ...more
Sure, this was at least more than a romance novel, but throughout the reading, I could sense the intentionality of the plot choices, the shifting (but gimicky) POV, and character trai ...more
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 ...more