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Small World An Academic Romance (Paperback)

Author:  David Lodge
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0140244867
ISBN-13: 9780140244861
Sku: 30016057
Publish Date: 6/1/1995
Pages:  352
Age Range:  22 to UP
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"April is the cruellest month," Persse McGarrigle quoted silently to himself, gazing through grimy windowpanes at the unseasonable snow crusting the lawns and flowerbeds of the Rummidge campus. (from the first line)
*Author: Lodge, David *Subtitle: An Academic Romance *Publication Date: 1995/06/01 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 8.00
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Veteran rivals for an exclusive academic chair (recently endowed with $100,000 a year) do scholarly battle with each other in what the Washington Post Book World called a "delectable comedy of bad manners . . . infused with a rare creative exuberance". From the author of the award-winning Changing Places.
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Lodge uses the quest from medieval romance literature to tell the tale of Persse McGarrigle and his pursuit of the beautiful Angelica, as well as the quests of professors, critics and academic hangers-on for their various brass rings. Set in literary conferences held at universities, SMALL WORLD finds Persse flying all over the world after Angelica as she goes from conference to conference, culminating at the annual MLA conference in New York. Almost equally important, however, is the political jockeying among professors and critics for the UNESCO chair of Literary Theory, which involves no work and pays $100,000, tax-free. While SMALL WORLD is infused with a strong satiric flavor, Lodge also draws on the legend of the Fisher King in portraying a sterile, stagnant academic world consumed with greed and feeding off itself.
Author Bio
David Lodge
David Lodge was born to Wilson Frederick Lodge, a musician, and Rosalie (Murphy) Lodge. He had a middle-class Catholic upbringing in southeast London, then attended University College in London, where he received his B.A. and M.A., and the University of Birmingham, where he received his Ph.D. In 1969 he married Mary Frances Jacob, with whom he had three children. His novel "Changing Places" was awarded the Hawthornden Prize, and in 1980, "Souls and Bodies" won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award.

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New York Review of Books
"Penguin has now reissued 'Small World' (1984), in my estimation Lodge's finest novel, and certainly his funniest." - John Banville 08/10/1995

Washington Post Book World
"A delectable comedy of bad manners...among recent portrayals of the literary establishment at work and play I can think of none so consistently entertaining or, in an odd way, so genially fair-minded as David Lodge's 'Small World.'" - Joel Conarroe

Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.)
"'Small World' is a three-ring circus of academic drollery...in this devilishly sophisticated entertainment...the reader need not be a professor of English to get the jokes. The only requirements are an appreciation of witty dialogue and a plot with more twists and turns than a Grand Prix race--and a genuine sympathy for the foolish creatures called human beings." - Dan Cryer

New York Times Book Review
"As 'Small World', an exuberant, marvelously funny novel demonstrates, no one is better able to treat the peripatetic quality of current academic life than British writer David Lodge....It is a world of wonderful characters and strange events, of mistaken identities and people coming back from the dead, all presided over by the unflagging energy and wit of a superb comic novelist....His deliberately outrageous manipulation of character and event is entirely successful." - Michael Rosenthal 03/17/1985

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0352
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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