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Changing Places (The Campus Trilogy #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  5,930 Ratings  ·  348 Reviews
Anyone intrigued by differences between American and British academic institutions will find this an amusing and accurate send-up. David Lodge, portraying two American and British professors who replace one another at their respective institutions, gives greed, pettiness, and pretense full rein.
Paperback, 251 pages
Published 1979 by Penguin (first published 1975)
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Jean
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 subtitle, "A Tale ...more
Howard
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Howard by: Esil
Satire – the use of wit, especially irony, sarcasm, and ridicule, to criticize faults
Farce – a ridiculous situation in which everything goes wrong or becomes a sham


Earlier I reviewed Dear Committee Members, a delightfully humorous epistolary novel about a disgruntled professor of creative writing and literature at a small midwestern college in the U.S. During the course of a discussion of the book, a GR friend, Esil, mentioned that British writer David Lodge had also written several humorous no
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Trin
Jun 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, english-lit
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
Teresa Proença
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-inglaterra, e4
“A Troca” é um livro que me fez chorar copiosamente… 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 anseios revolucionários da juventude e o conhecimento oferecido pela idade, de que o que realmente importa, é a procura da nossa própria felicidade, mesmo que seja de forma egoísta e derrubando tabus e regras sociais. Sem culpa!

“Quem não sabe ser feliz em nada pode contribuir
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Carla
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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notgettingenough
Feb 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: humour
Is humour a fragile or robust artform? A discussion took place here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... 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
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Eric_W
Nov 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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Carmen
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like to laugh; People who were college students in 1969; College professors from any era
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
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Koen Kop
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Moderately funny
Bronislava Sencakova
Skvele napísaná forma i obsah. Páčilo sa mi striedanie žánrov, aj poučné state o literatúre, románoch Jane Austenovej, postrehy o spoločnosti, akademickom prostredí a (mas)médiách. A ten (filmový) koniec tiež :)

Prvá veta:
Stalo se vysoko, převysoko nad Severním pólem, prvního dne roku 1969: dva profesoři anglické literatury se k sobě blížili souhrnnou rychlostí 1 200 mil v hodině.

Posledná (dvoj)veta:
PHILIP pokrčí rameny. Kamera se zastaví a v půli gesta ho znehybní.

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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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