by David Lodge


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By all appearances, Laurence Passmore is sitting pretty. True, he is almost bald and his nickname in "Tubby", but the TV sitcom he writes keeps the money coming in, he has an exclusive house in Rummridge, a state-of-the-art car, a vigorous sex life with his wife of thirty years, and a platonic mistress to talk shop with. What money can't buy, and his many therapists can't deliver, is contentment. It's not the trouble behind the scenes of his TV show that's bugging him or even the persistent pain in his knee; it's this deeper, nameless unease. Is it a spiritual crisis or just one of the midlife variety?

Tubby's quest for the source of it will lead into an obsession with Kierkegaard, brushes with the police, gossip-column notoriety, and strange beds and bedrooms worldwide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140249002
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1996
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 712,047
Product dimensions: 5.02(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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janglen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read this several times now, and still laugh out loud. The sequence purportedly written by various contacts (wife, girlfriend etc) is wonderful but the section on Kirkegaard is rather too long. Behind the humour, the book is full of insight about how people behave, and why we act as we do.
bhowell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by David Lodge and I loved it. Laurence (Tubby) Passmore is a middle aged television writer who is having a bit of a mid life crisis. He has everything but why is he still unhappy? He searches for answers in Kierkegaard to his angst and attends numerous alternative medicine therapies for the pain in his right knee.That may not sound like the most interesting plot but believe me, you will enjoy this book. I laughed the whole way through and annoyed my family by reading out passages that were particularly clever.
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