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Nice Work (1988)

by David Lodge

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Series: Rummidge (3)

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1,694188,243 (3.84)1 / 61
When Vic Wilcox (MD of Pringle's engineering works) meets English lecturer Dr Robyn Penrose, sparks fly as their lifestyles and ideologies collide head on. What, after all, are they supposed to learn from each other? But in time both parties make some surprising discoveries about each other's worlds - and about themselves.… (more)
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an academic and a business mogul "job shadow" and fall in love. ( )
  sherribrari | Dec 30, 2020 |
I found this novel to be less academic in its overall thrust than "Changing Places", though the place of academia and academics in society played a large part of the story. The sexual humor of both books struck me as more towards the 'Benny Hill' end of the spectrum than my tastes lie - I think that is one major reason that these are 3 star books for me rather than 4. I really enjoyed this look at 1980s English universities under the budget cuts of Margaret Thatcher & the parallel look at the conditions of heavy industry in Rummidge (Lodge's fictional city, I guess based on Manchester?). Having come from a similar academic background as Robyn, I could appreciate some of her ideas (though not the semiotics!) and her culture shock when dealing with the outside world - the factory, her brother's work in the City - but overall, Lodge's characters don't come across to me as being real people but rather as props for him to get his point across. ( )
  leslie.98 | Aug 29, 2019 |
Starts on a dry note in an industrial setup but blooms into an interesting war of ideals. Nice work is an apt ending to a flavorful trilogy that started with swapping distinct locations, cultures, relationships... And builds its finale on the plot of swapping work environments and in doing so David Lodge pits Leftist ideology against Rightist ideals... And all this in a tongue-in-cheek fashion. Nice Work is A witty read... ( )
  hummingquill | Jul 24, 2019 |
Rating: one disgusted star of five

The Publisher Says: Vic Wilcox, a self-made man and managing director of an engineering firm. has little regard for academics, and even less for feminists. So when Robyn Penrose, a trendy leftist teacher, is assigned to "shadow" Vic under a goverment program created to foster mutual understanding between town and gown, the hilarious collusion of lifestyles and ideologies that ensues seems unlikely to foster anything besides mutual antipathy. But in the course of a bumpy year, both parties make some surprising discoveries about each other's worlds--and about themselves.

My Review: Annoying git meets termagant. They hate each other, they...oh what's the difference, everyone knows what happens, and frankly who the hell cares? I detested this book, I thought the author's pseudo-arch (how's that for a horrid combination?) faux Firbank twaddle was the literary equivalent of thorazine.

Do not purchase. If given as a gift, get the fireplace tongs and remove it from your living environment. DO NOT BURN as the miasma could prove lethal to small children.

Not recommended.


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. ( )
1 vote richardderus | Apr 14, 2014 |
Somewhat closed-in in the world of academia vs. industry, the book still manages to both entertain and ask a few questions. The overall point, if there was one to be made, escaped me, but I have still enjoyed the read. ( )
  flydodofly | Nov 17, 2013 |
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David Lodgeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Couturier, MauriceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Couturier, SuzanneTraducteursecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salminen, EilaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Upon the midlands now the industrious must doth fall, / The shires which we the heart of England well may call. -DRAYTON: Poly-Olbion (Epigraph to Felix Holt the Radical, by George Eliot)

'Two nations; between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets; who are formed by a different breeding, and fed by different food, and ordered by different manners...' 'You speak of--' said Egremont hesitatingly. -Benjamin Disraeli: Sybil; or, the Two Nations
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To Andy and Marie, in friendship and gratitude
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Monday, January 13th, 1986. Victor Wilcox lies awake, in the dark bedroom, waiting for his quartz alarm clock to bleep.
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All the Victorian novelists could offer as a solution to the problems of industrial capitalism were: a legacy, a marriage, emigration or death.
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When Vic Wilcox (MD of Pringle's engineering works) meets English lecturer Dr Robyn Penrose, sparks fly as their lifestyles and ideologies collide head on. What, after all, are they supposed to learn from each other? But in time both parties make some surprising discoveries about each other's worlds - and about themselves.

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