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Nice Work Tv Tie In Mass Market Paperback – Oct 3 1989

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK; Film & TV Tie-in ed edition (Oct. 3 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140119213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140119213
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.2 x 18 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,105,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

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, a sequel to Small World . Set in an industrial city in the Midlands, the story's protagonists are Vic Wilcox, managing director of a failing engineering firm, and Robyn Penrose, temporary lecturer in English lit at the University of Rummidge. Robyn is chosen to "shadow" Vic at the factory one day a week, as part of a program to effect a liaison between the university and local industry. A "trendy leftist feminist" with highfalutin views about the evils of industrial capitalism, Robyn looks down on Vic, whose education is scanty and whose lifestyle is diametrically opposed to hers. Gradually, however, the two acquire a grudging respect for each other and, as the plot becomes agreeably convoluted, the pragmatic engineer (whose criterion is "who pays?") and the pedantic literary critic change places on fortune's ladder. Scarcely anything escapes Lodge's scorn--from business ethics to academic fustian--but the satire is never excessive. To be published simultaneously with an earlier work, Out of the Shelter (Penguin paperback), this lively comic novel--short-listed for last year's Booker Prize--is the perfect book to introduce Lodge to those American readers not yet acquainted with his work.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
"Nice Work", given the acclaim David Lodge's books have received, starts rather slowly. The first chapter lugs along without inspiration, tepidly cataloging the unremarkable events of an unremarkable man's morning routine. Vic Wilcox is a middle-class, managing director at a floundering casting and general engineering firm. He works hard, and has no time for the self-serving attitudes of university people, unwilling to get their hands dirty and help revive his England's precious economy. Vic has horrible musical tastes, favouring 1980s female yuppie soul singers (Sade, Jennifer Rush) in the privacy of his Jaguar. Rush's song 'The Power of Love' even provides a laughable soundtrack to a cringe-worthy love scene. This introduction is not very stimulating, and the prose and narrative techniques Lodge uses are rather amateurish. It turns out, though, that this was Lodge's intention, for he has other tricks up his sleeve.
The second chapter makes it clear that Lodge, the author, is well aware of the rhetorical devices he's using, and of the expectations we have for the character(s) he's created. It begins with a nifty bit of self-referentiality, and regular readers of this space will know of my fondness for that device. Hopefully meta-fiction will save the day again. The chapter introduces Robyn Penrose, a feminist literary theorist, specializing in the industrial novel of the 19th century, who, and here's a great irony, has no practical knowledge of industry whatsoever. This is Lodge spitting in the face of his theory-minded colleagues (he spent 27 years teaching English at the University of Birmingham), stuck in their ivory towers, turning their noses up at the real world.
Robyn, as opposed to Vic, is a beguiling creation.
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Format: Paperback
The novel "Nice Work" by David Lodge tells the story of two protagonists.
One is Mr. Vic(tor) Wilcox, the other one is Dr. Robyn Penrose. At first the novel starts by following two main paths: Wilcox' life and Penrose's life. Because of the "In-dustry Year Shadow Scheme", their paths cross and the novel tells the story of Vic and Robyn together. Later it changes again, to how it was before, meaning that two different stories are told but with the difference that the persons' thoughts and actions are (from time to time) related to the knowledge of the other person.
In my opinion, David Lodge has had a very interesting idea. He presents two different characters. One is a rational thinking businessman, the other an emotional thinking, feminist lecturer. Especially the beginning of the novel seems a bit strange and bor-ing because Lodge takes about hundred pages to introduce the characters. He does that in great detail, which in the end is important, because you can understand the characters much better. However, because of missing action the first part is rather not so good. It would have been better, if Lodge had let the characters describe themselves through actions and thoughts, rather than describing them from the per-spective of an omniscient narrator. However the advantage of the more boring way is that you can concentrate on the very details. You are not distracted by some actions. I think that is why the author chose it the way he did.
The following part I like better than the first one. It is interesting to see the develop-ment of the characters when it comes to the stage of the Shadow Scheme.
Robyn, who used to be interested in studies and literature, only starts to get increas-ingly interested in economy and competition.
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i must say I really enjoyed david lodge's latest novel as it presents a dialectic between the university life and the factory system. Here we have a plot device where a novice university lecturer a lecturer on the 19th century novel and women's studies is asked to shadow an industrialist and it gives lodge an opportunity to digress and expostulate on the differences between the university system and the factory system and it provides lodge with an entertaining vehicle in which to present his views. The industrialist is a married father of four who does not have a happy home life his marriage is in disarray and it gives lodge an opportunioty to have the industrialist fall head over heels in love with the female lecturer who does not believe in love.

LOve that many splendid word. THe university lecturer a bit unbelievably wants to leave everything to follow the university lecturer but she will have nothing to do with him after having sex with him a few times. She does not believe in love and romance. The university system is a system which lodge knows well as well as women studies and the condition of England novel so he goes over ground he is quite familiar and comfortable with.Is it a bit of a leap of faith to suggest that the industrialist falls in love with the lecturer and wants to leave everything for her. Perhaps. BUt to have a lecturer who does not believe in ;love is a bit of a stretch as well as she seems to inhabit an irreligious milieu in which structuralism and deconstructionalism persist and she seems to inahabit a nihilist void.
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