David Lodge – Small World: An Academic Romance – Review Inside

First of all, a warning is in order…there’s something new on BookNutcase…from now on all my posts will be in two languages: Romanian and English! Enjoy!!!

Inainte de toate, o noutate pe BookNutcase: toate articolele (scrise de mine) vor fi in doua limbi: romana si engleza! Enjoy!!!

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That’s the attraction of the conference circuit: it’s a way of converting work into play, combining professionalism with tourism, and all at someone else’s expense. Write a paper and see the world! I’m Jane Austen — fly me!

 

De la inceputul lui 2013 am citit (din intamplare) doua carti ale lui David Lodge.
Cea de care vreau sa va vorbesc (si pe care tocmai am terminat-o, deci pe care ma grabesc sa v-o prezint inainte ca efectul cartii sa dispara) este o savuroasa si delicios de rautacioasa “comedie de moravuri academice” . In lumea campusului global, in care colocviile organizate in cele patru colturi ale lumii declanseaza transhumanta profesorilor in cautare, nu de cunostinte, ci de aventuri si evadare din cotidian, Lodge tese o plasa de intrigi, personaje si istorii ametitoare si hilare.

Cartea incepe cu colocviul din Rummidge (un esec total prin proasta organizare si lipsa distractiilor) si se termina cu colocviul colocviilor, cu “tatal” tuturor manifestarilor de acest fel, cel organizat de M.L.A., firul narativ derulandu-se intr-un crescendo al intensitatii intrigilor si aventurilor personajelor.  Va veti intalni in aceasta carte cu Persse McGarrigle, un tanar irlandez ce cauta dragostea asemeni unui erou romantic intr-un poem epic (parcurgand lumea intreaga, din Londra in Honolulu, facand stopul in desert si nefiind descurajat de nenumaratele obstacolele intalnite…asemenea lui Parzival in cautarea Sfantului Graal), Morris Zapp profesor adept al deconstructionismului si poate cel mai onest personaj in legatura cu ambitiile sale academice, ce recunoaste ca pretul lui este postul UNESCO (un post platit cu 100 000 de dolari pe an fara a include nici o ora de predare efectiva), Fulvia Morgana o burgheza marxista … asta pentru a enumera doar cateva.

In acest roman toate personajele sunt interconectate intre ele prin cele mai neasteptate evenimente intalniri, profesorii sunt corupti si invidiosi, aparentele sunt inselatoare si rezultatul comic.

E o carte pe care o recomand caci va va descreti fruntile si va asigur ca va veti dori sa cititi si celelalte doua carti ale trilogiei (ei bine am citit cea de-a doua carte a trilogiei –   “Schimb de dame” , “Ce mica-i lumea” si “Meserie!”).

A-ti citit deja ceva scris de acest autor? Ce alte romane ale lui Lodge imi recomandati?

Va urez o duminica insorita cu multe carti si ceai!

 

Since the beginning of 2013 I read (by chance) two books by David Lodge. The one I want to talk about (that I just finished and am in a hurry to review it for you) is a delectable and deliciously wicked “comedy of academic manners.” In the world of the global campus, the colloquiums organized in the four corners of the world initiate the transhumance of teachers looking for, not knowledge, but adventures and a way of escaping aging and everyday life, Lodge weaves a net of intrigues, of amazing and hilarious characters and stories.

The book begins with the Rummidge Colloquium (a failure because of the poor organization and lack of entertainment) and ends with the colloquium discussion, the “father” of all events of this type, one organized by M. L. A., the story thus developing in a crescendo of the intensity of intrigues and of character’s adventures. You will encounter in this book Persse McGarrigle, a young Irish man,  searching for love like a romantic hero in an epic poem (travelling all around the globe, from London to Honolulu, not discouraged by obstacles encountered ..like Percival in search of the Holy Grail), Professor Morris Zapp follower of deconstructionism and perhaps the most honest person on his academic ambitions, Fulvia Morgana a Marxist bourgeoisie … to name just a few.

In this novel all the characters are interconnected through the most unexpected events and encounters, the teachers are corrupt and envious, appearances are deceptive and the results hilarious.

It’s a book I recommend because you will make you laugh out loud (which will get you angry or puzzled looks if you happen to read in public)  and because you will want to read the other two books of the trilogy (well I read the second book of the trilogy – “Changing places: A tale of two campuses”, “Small World: An Academic Romance ” and ” Nice Work”).

Have you already read something written by this author? What other Lodge novels do you recommend?

Have a sunny Sunday with many books and tea!

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