Nice work

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Penguin Books, Jul 27, 1990 - Fiction - 276 pages
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Centered in Rummidge, a sprawling industrial town in the English midlands, Nice Work confirms Lodge's rare capacity to be thought-provoking, moving, and very funny. "A singularly brilliant and invigorating performance".--Chicago Tribune.

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The plot was rather good, also. - Goodreads
His weakness is his plot development. - Goodreads
No Mary Sues, Gary Stus or pat endings here. - Goodreads

Review: Nice Work (The Campus Trilogy #3)

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This is a clever parody and transposition, set in Margaret Thatcher's England, of the style and subject of the English industrial novel of the 1840s. Should the reader be napping or caught unawares ... Read full review

Review: Nice Work (The Campus Trilogy #3)

User Review  - Don Jacobson - Goodreads

The third novel in the Campus Trilogy introduces two new protagonists. Dr. Robyn Penrose is a marxist and professor of English Lit, a specialist on feminist literature and the English labor novel ... Read full review


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About the author (1990)

Writing both literary criticism and novels, British author David Lodge has learned to practice what he teaches. A professor of Modern English literature, both his fiction and nonfiction have found a large readership in the United Kingdom and the United States. To maintain his dual approach to writing, Lodge has attempted to alternate a novel one year and a literary criticism the next throughout his career. Lodge's fiction has been described as good writing with a good laugh, and he is praised for his ability to treat serious subjects sardonically. This comic touch is evident in his first novel, "The Picturegoers" (1960) in which the conflict of Catholicism with sensual desire, a recurrent theme, is handled with wit and intelligence. "How Far Can You Go" (1980) released in United States as "Souls and Bodies" (1982) also examines sexual and religious evolution in a marvelously funny way. "Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses" (1975, 1979), based on Lodge's experience in Berkeley as a visiting professor, won the Hawthorne Prize and the Yorkshire Post fiction prize and solidified his reputation in America. Some of the author's other hilarious novels include "Nice Work" (1989), which Lodge adapted into an award-winning television series, and "Therapy" (1995), a sardonic look at mid-life crisis. Lodge's nonfiction includes a body of work begun in 1966 with "The Language of Fiction" and includes "The Art of Fiction: Illustrated from Classic and Modern Texts" (1992) and "The Practice of Writing: Essays, Lectures, Reviews and a Diary"(1996). In a unique approach, he often uses his own works for critical examination and tries to give prospective writers insights into the complex creative process. David John Lodge was born in London on January 28, 1935. He has a B.A. (1955) and M.A (1959) from University College, London and a Ph.D. (1967) and an Honorary Professorship (1987) from the University of Birmingham. Lodge is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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