Sunday July 5, 2020

More than quite a good memoir from lucid Lodge

Quite a Good Time to be Born A Memoir 1935-1975: By David Lodge Harvill Secker, €16.35 One of David Lodge’s claims to fame is that he invented a literary parlour game called ‘Humiliation’. Players are required to embarrass themselves by naming a clas

1st February, 2015
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David Lodge: an honest self-portrait from a timid, anxious intellectual.

Lodge himself must find ‘Humiliation’ quite a challenge. As well as his own fiction, the Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Birmingham University has published several books of literary criticism with remarkable popular appeal.

This reviewer once attended a lecture he gave on James Joyce’s Ulysses at Earlsfort Terrace in Dublin, where the main hall overflowed and latecomers had to watch on a big screen next door.

Great novelists do not...

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