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Posted November 18, 2011
Not up to Lodge's best
Despite the wit he has shown in previous books like Changing Places this long and monotonous tome defeats the author. H.G. Wells, his subject, lived a life that can be summarized in two words, one of them not printable on a public website such as this. As for his books, once you have established that he was the putative father of science fiction you've just about said it all. Except for the fact that his Utopian ideas for future progress resemble nothing so much as Fascism. A distasteful man's story told by a fine writer. I stopped reading about halfway, feeling trapped by the monotony of alternating love --if you can call it that--affairs and published works. I hope David Lodge lends his copious talents to a worthier subject next time.
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Posted August 12, 2012