Nice Workby David Lodge
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/b>
"A funny, intelligent, superbly paced social comedy." --The New York Times
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.
Meet the Author
David Lodge is the author of twelve novels and a novella, including the Booker Prize finalists Small World and Nice Work. He is also the author of many works of literary criticism, including The Art of Fiction and Consciousness and the Novel.
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Why would anyone want to spend their spare time reading a book a about post-structualist theory, feminism, management and core-blowers? Why cant i just watch the football on telly! I thought the same thing until I was forced to read the book as part of a thesis I was doing on Management Styles. To my surprise the book turned out to be quite interesting. It shows how two different worlds are forced together, which leads to arguments, conflict, shock and understanding, The book tells of how the world of a man in charge of an Engineering company is an opposite reflection of a woman who spends her life talking nothing but theory to university students. It shows gender ann class segregation in industry, how the ordinary person whi has not studied books an journals decide to take things at face-value when if you just take a closer look there is so much more to be said.
Lodges style is unique where he can relate and differentuate society and industry with ease.His detailed lists and comedy dialogue keeps you reading but happy ending seems almost, unrealistic? Well worth the read but not outstandingly interesting.
a good easy read but also a good piece to study and analyse at either school, college or university. lodge's satirical and sympathetic views on the characters and situations gives the book a different meaning to different people. characters are very life like and very easy to relate to. some are caricatures to make you look at yourself and the prejudices we have of others. political and social issues in a form that is fun to read.