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Nice Work by David Lodge
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May 29, 2010

really liked it

Bringing the mutually contradictory worlds of industry and academia together via a goverment plan to have a college Prof (or instructor) "shadow" a head-of-industry, Lodge paints a riotous potrait that knocks heads and then cracks them. The trendy left-wing, feminist seniotic intellectual influences the staunchly realist-minded industrialist in a far mor straight-minded way. In truth however, each refocuses the others vie of his own little corner of the world and of the universe.

Lodge is a brilliant comic observer of the academic scene he himself function within. His characters' own comments on plot, narrative, formal language usage and so on are so close to the bone that they suggest the Janus head of a true satirist.That his would-be lovers do not end up in each others' arms OR lives suggests Lodge's ability to transcend the comic limits that are often mentioned when his work is deemed of importance. The very sharpness of his scalpel working so close to the bone of his own profession hintsw at his precision and the utter control of his subject.
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