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"His tongue caustic, and his take on British society provocative and funny, Lodge skewers virtually every aspect of Thatcherite Britain in this top-notch satirical novel," observed PW . 35,000 first printing.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Robyn Penrose is a lecturer in 19th-century literature at a university located in the fictitious English Midlands city of Rummidge. Vic Wilcox is managing director of Pringle's, an industrial casting company located in a grimy suburb. They are thrown together as part of a "shadow scheme" concocted by their superiors in response to a governmentally ordained "Industry Year." Entering into the arrangement with considerable skepticism and lack of appreciation for the other's mode of life, they get off to a rocky start, but then slowly develop a mutual respect and even liking for each other (and in Vic's case something more). Nice Work is, indeed, a "nice" novel. Lodge spoofs in a nonjudgmental way both the pretensions of academia and the materialism of the upper-middle business class. While lacking in stylistic elegance, this is a well-told tale full of gentle humor that should, despite its setting, have broad appeal to Americans.
- David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A young woman called Robyn Penrose, working as an lecturer at the University of Rummidge, gets involved in a project called Industrial Year Shadow Scheme. Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2001 by Felix Christoph Jarck
Having previously read Lodge's other hilarious send-ups of academic literature types (Changing Places and Small World) I was looking forward to this novel, assuming that it would... Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2001
It's the mid-eighties. It's England. Robyn Penrose, a young teacher of literature and kneejerk leftist, and Vic Wilcox, a rather conventional manager of an engineering firm and a... Read morePublished on April 12 2001 by WifeofBath3
This is the first book by David Lodge that I have read, and I was quite disappointed. Every review that I read said it was very funny and had a good plot. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2000 by Kim
The conflict between Town and Gown has always been part of the core many of the satirical British novel of academia; here Lodge explores it from a slightly diffferent angle: Plant... Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2000 by Michael J. Edelman
After I finished grad school, a fellow student bought me this book as a going away gift. She had written on the frontispiece, "This book helps me keep perspective on how the... Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2000 by B. PERKINS
Really well-written, but a bit misleading. Touted as "an uproarious book" by British critics, I found the book much more serious than funny, very tame. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2000 by Rachel G
Perhaps if Jane Smiley had read this she would have scrapped "Moo." Anyone in academia will recognize themselves and others. Insightful, funny, very well done. Read morePublished on April 15 2000 by "concreterandom"