Nice Work Tv Tie In Mass Market Paperback – Oct 3 1989
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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," observed PW . 35,000 first printing.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
i must say I really enjoyed david lodge's latest novel as it presents a dialectic between the university life and the factory system. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anthony Marinelli
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