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A Man of Parts By David Lodge

A Man of Parts by David Lodge

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Summary

Herbert George Wells was the most famous writer in the world, the man who invented tomorrow; now he feels like yesterday's man, deserted by readers and depressed by the collapse of his Utopian dreams. This title presents his portrait.

A Man of Parts Summary

A Man of Parts by David Lodge

'The mind is a time machine that travels backwards in memory and forwards in prophecy, but he has done with prophecy now...' Sequestered in his blitz-battered Regent's Park house in 1944, the ailing Herbert George Wells, 'H.G.' to his family and friends, looks back on a life crowded with incident, books, and women. Has it been a success or a failure? Once he was the most famous writer in the world, 'the man who invented tomorrow'; now he feels like yesterday's man, deserted by readers and depressed by the collapse of his Utopian dreams. He recalls his unpromising start, and early struggles to acquire an education and make a living as a teacher; his rapid rise to fame as a writer with a prophetic imagination and a comic common touch which brought him into contact with most of the important literary, intellectual, and political figures of his time; his plunge into socialist politics; and, his belief in free love, and energetic practice of it. Arguing with himself about his conduct, he relives his relationships with two wives and many mistresses, especially the brilliant student Amber Reeves and the gifted writer Rebecca West, both of whom bore him children, with dramatic and long-lasting consequences. Unfolding this astonishing story, David Lodge depicts a man as contradictory as he was talented: a socialist who enjoyed his affluence, an acclaimed novelist who turned against the literary novel; a feminist womaniser, sensual yet incurably romantic, irresistible and exasperating by turns, but always vitally human.

A Man of Parts Reviews

"Extraordinarily rich, wide-ranging and hugely entertaining" Daily Mail "Pure fun" Evening Standard "Excellent" Guardian "Mesmerizing...terrifically enjoyable" Washington Post "Tremendously funny" Irish Times

About David Lodge

David Lodge's novels include Changing Places, Small World, Nice Work, Thinks..., Author, Author and, most recently, Deaf Sentence. He has also written stage plays and screenplays, and several books of literary criticism, including The Art of Fiction, Consciousness and the Novel and The Year of Henry James.

Additional information

GOR003618375
9781846556401
1846556406
A Man of Parts by David Lodge
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
2011-11-03
576
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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