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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK (July 2 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140072659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140072655
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,031,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

David Lodge has written many bestselling novels, including THINKS and NICE WORK. His books have sold well over a million copies in Penguin. Formerly Professor of English at Birmingham University, he now writes full-time. He continues to live in Birmingham.


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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0e30c0c) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
HASH(0xa0d78534) out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable vintage satire of literary academia Oct. 19 2012
By G.C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
David Lodge's "Small World" first appeared in 1984, and won acclaim as a riotous, sometimes raunchy, satire of the academic literary set and the in-fighting that goes on in academia, with loads of literary jokes and references for the well-versed in medieval literature. Lodge makes some of the character names almost groaningly obvious allusions to literary and mythic personages (e.g. Arthur Kingfisher, Persse McGarrigle (whose first name Morris Zapp in the novel continually mispronounces as "Percy"), but his style is so breezy and engaging that you forgive the slight heavy-handedness of some of the names. In fact, Lodge makes the reading go down so easy that it's easy to miss how deftly he packs the literary allusions into his narrative.

Although the story contains loads of characters, including Philip Swallow, Morris Zapp, as well as Philip's wife Hilary and Morris' ex-wife Desiree, from the prior novel in Lodge's 'academic trilogy', "Changing Places", the heart of the story is Persse McGarrigle's quest literally around the world for the woman of his dreams. Many highly improbable coincidences abound, unless you accept that literary academia is a very self-confined hothouse where everyone really does know everyone else.

If you want a higher level of "beach reading" or "light reading", give this a try. In addition to being entertained on the pure surface level, your literary horizons might subliminally expand also.
HASH(0xa0e010fc) out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable vintage satire of literary academia Sept. 27 2012
By G.C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
David Lodge's "Small World" first appeared in 1984, and won acclaim as a riotous, sometimes raunchy, satire of the academic literary set and the in-fighting that goes on in academia, with loads of literary jokes and references for the well-versed in medieval literature. Lodge makes some of the character names almost groaningly obvious allusions to literary and mythic personages (e.g. Arthur Kingfisher, Persse McGarrigle (whose first name Morris Zapp in the novel continually mispronounces as "Percy"), but his style is so breezy and engaging that you forgive the slight heavy-handedness of some of the names. In fact, Lodge makes the reading go down so easy that it's easy to miss how deftly he packs the literary allusions into his narrative.

Although the story contains loads of characters, including Philip Swallow, Morris Zapp, as well as Philip's wife Hilary and Morris' ex-wife Desiree, from the prior novel in Lodge's 'academic trilogy', "Changing Places", the heart of the story is Persse McGarrigle's quest literally around the world for the woman of his dreams. Many highly improbable coincidences abound, unless you accept that literary academia is a very self-confined hothouse where everyone really does know everyone else.

If you want a higher level of "beach reading" or "light reading", give this a try. In addition to being entertained on the pure surface level, your literary horizons might subliminally expand also.

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