Changing Places – Small World – Nice Work
This omnibus lines up David Lodge’s trio of brilliantly comic novels that revolve around the University of Rummidge and the lives of its role-swapping academics. When Philip Swallow, lecturer in English at Rummidge, changes places with flamboyant Morris Zapp of Euphoric State University, USA, trouble ensues. Then, ten years on, older but not noticeably wiser, they are let loose on the international conference circuit – a veritable academic carnival. And finally, Dr Robyn Penrose becomes part of a scheme to learn about industry instead of reading about it, with hilarious results. David Lodge exposes the dizzy pursuit of knowledge – literary, commercial, romantic and erotic – with unparalleled wit and insight.
David Lodge - The British Museum is Falling Down
The Rhythm Method is the curse of young Adam Appleby's life and the cause of his children's. While Adam gestates his thesis in the British Museum, his wife worries at home because her period is late and a fourth little bundle of (expensive) joy seems to be on the way, thanks to 'Vatican Roulette'. Though Adam’s experience is constantly coloured by the authors he is studying, one distinction remains clear: 'Literature is mostly about having sex, and not much about having children. Life is the other way round.'A sharply perceptive comic novel, 'London Bridge is Falling Down' brilliantly captures the absurd, pitiful dilemma of Catholics in the days when the Pill was just an enticing rumour.
David Lodge - Therapy
A successful sitcom writer with plenty of money, a stable marriage, a platonic mistress and a flashy car, Laurence 'Tubby' Passmore has more reason than most to be happy. Yet neither physiotherapy nor aromatherapy, cognitive-behaviour therapy or acupuncture can cure his puzzling knee pain or his equally inexplicable mid-life angst. As Tubby's life fragments under the weight of his self-obsession, he embarks - via Kierkegaard, strange beds from Rummidge to Tenerife to Beverly Hills, a fit of literary integrity and memories of his 1950s South London boyhood - on a picaresque quest for his lost contentment, in an ingenious, hilarious and poignant novel of neuroses.
David Lodge - Changing Places
When Philip Swallow and Professor Morris Zapp participate their universities' Anglo-American exchange scheme, the Fates play a hand, and each academic finds himself enmeshed in the life of his counterpart on the opposite side of the Atlantic. Nobody is immune to the exchange: students, colleagues, even wives are swapped as events spiral out of control. And soon both sun-drenched Euphoric State University and rain-kissed University of Rummige are a hotbed of intrigue, lawlessness and broken vows... _Changing Places_ is a funny and wise tale of academic ill-manners - David Lodge at his comic best.
David Lodge - Small World
The unbridled greed, pettiness, buffoonery and intellectual gobbledegook in the world of higher scholarship are the topics of this thorough and thoroughly funny "roman à English department". It's interesting for a couple of reasons, aside from its humour and lampoonery: it's an insider's view of things--always the best kind--and it takes its old- fashioned time telling a story, complete with reasonable digressions about the state of literary criticism and what may or may not be a realistic view of the academic life.
David Lodge - Paradise News
Agnostic theologian Bernard Walsh has a professional interest in heaven. But, when he travels to Hawaii with his father, Jack, it is not in quest of a vacation paradise; it is to visit Jack's dying, estranged sister. The hand of fate and family tensions frustrate the planned reunion, however. And surrounded by quarrelling honeymooners, girls looking for Mr Right, a freeloading anthropologist, and assorted tourists all determinedly pursuing their humdrum visions of paradise, Bernard finds Waikiki more like purgatory. Until, that is, he stumbles upon something he had given up hope of finding - the astonishing possibility of love... _'Amusing, accessible, intelligent ... the story rolls, the sparks fly'_ - Financial Times _'Lodge could never be solemn and the book crackles with good jokes ... leaves you with a mild, and thoughtful, glow of happiness'_ - Sunday Telegraph _'Funny and clever'_ - Independent on Sunday _'An appealing addition to the line-up of accomplished novels in which Lodge puts humour to humane purposes and intelligence to instructive ends'_ - Sunday Times _'Extremely funny and sharply perceptive about the way we live now'_ - Evening Standard _'Further proof that Lodge is master of ... subtle, scintillating satire'_ - Daily Mail
David Lodge - The Picturegoers
The Palladium, Brickley, is the haunting setting for this novel. Here is a seedy Saturday night venue which attracts people searching for something new in their lives. Mark, Clare and Father Kipling are just three of the characters featured.
David Lodge - Deaf Sentence
_Being deaf is less an affliction than a sentence..._ Retired Professor of Linguistics Desmond Bates is going deaf. Not suddenly, but gradually and - for him and everyone nearby - confusingly. It's a bother for his wife, Winifred, who has an enviably successful new career and is too busy to be endlessly repeating herself. Roles are reversed when he visits his hearing-impaired father, who won't seek help and resents his son's intrusions. And, finally, there's Alex. Alex is a student Desmond agrees to help after a typical misunderstanding. But her increasingly bizarre and disconcerting requests cannot - unfortunately - be blamed on defective hearing. So much for growing old gracefully...
David Lodge - Helycserés támadás
A jeles angol író a maga egyetemi oktatói élményeinek ihletésére írta meg a "két campus regényé"-t, mely a Birminghamet mintázó Roomley (= rumli), illetve a kaliforniai Richville egyetemein játszódik. A két egyetem egyetlen közös vonása, hogy mindkettőnek a területén megtalálható a pisai ferde torony mása - igaz, Amerikában kétszer olyan magas, mint az eredeti. A helycsere két egyetemi oktató közt történik - a tétova, konzervatív Philip Swallow a diákzavargások lázában égő amerikai egyetemen tölt fél évet, cserepartnere, a dinamikus Morris Zapp, az angol egyetem állóvizét pezsdíti fel, miközben mindkettejük életének valamennyi síkján jelentős változások történnek (hogy mást ne mondjunk: ki-ki a cserepartnere ágyában és családjában köt ki). A fergeteges szatírába torkolló regény kinevettet az égvilágon mindent: Angliát és Amerikát, az egyetemeket, a tudóskodást, a "teljesítményorientáltságot", a férfiúi esendőséget, a női gyarlóságot, a diákmozgalmakat és a diákmozgalmak szenvedőit. Mindent - és mindennek a fonákját is. A regényt lendületes kvartett zárja - a két házaspár aktív részvételével...
Nick Hornby - High Fidelity
When Laura dumps Rob (on the very first page) he is aggrieved and exhilarated, 35 and petrified. Trying to work out what went wrong, obsessed with music, and running an ailing record shop, he sets out on the road to self-discovery. Nick Hornby's first novel, an international bestseller and instantly recognized by critics and readers alike as a classic, helps to explain men to women, and men to men. Rob is good on music: he owns a small record shop and has strong views on what's decent and what isn't. But he's much less good on relationships. In fact, he's not at all sure that he wants to commit himself to anyone. So it's hardly surprising that his girlfriend decides that enough is enough.
Neil Gaiman - Terry Pratchett - Elveszett próféciák
Isten hét nap alatt teremtette a világot. Az Ördög meg hét nap alatt elpusztíthatja azt… már ha sikerül neki. Ismerkedjünk meg Adammel, az Antikrisztussal, akit elcseréltek, az Apokalipszis Négy Motorosával, akik bőszen igyekeznek beteljesíteni az Armageddont, egy démonnal és egy angyallal, akik szívesen megakadályoznák ezt, valamint Anatéma Apparáttal, aki bizonyíthatóan boszorkány, és a kezében ott a kulcs, de még nem tudja ezt, ráadásul üldözőbe vette az újjáalakult Inkvizíció… Ez lenne tehát az _Útikalauz az Armageddonhoz_ Terry Pratchett, a méltán híres Korongvilág-regények írója, és Neil Gaiman, az _Amerikai istenek_, _Anansi fiúk_, _Coraline_, _A temető könyve_ és _Csillagpor_ című regényekkel számos irodalmi díjat nyert szerző tollából. Az _Elveszett próféciák_ból 2019-ben sorozatot készítettek Michael Sheen, David Tennant és Jon Hamm főszereplésével; a könyvet az olvasó új szerkesztésben, felújított kiadásban tartja a kezében.
Douglas Adams - Mostly Harmless
Arthur Dent hasn't had a day as bad as this since the Earth was blown up. Depressed and alone, Arthur settles on the small planet Lamuella and becomes a sandwich maker. Looking forward to a quiet life, his plans are thrown awry by the unexpected arrival of his daughter.
Werner Lansburgh - Drága New-see!
Változatok Mikes György - alias George Mikes - re/ra: Werner Lansburgh berlini újságíró (1912-1990) nem is a leghosszabb változata megbritesedett egykori honfitársunknak, aki oly nagy sikerrel oktatta a kontinentális érdeklődőknek az angol mentalitást. Ugyanezt teszi számtalan kiadást megért könyvében a németből svéddé, majd angollá "avanzsált" Lansgurgh, sőt tesz még ennél is többet: angolul tanítja - "könnyen, gyorsan" - Drága New-see-ját, szíve választottját. A lányt ostromló leveleiben először is önbizalmat önt a kis hölgybe: angolul igenis meg lehet tanulni, s a gátlásos kezdő nem is sejti, mennyit tud máris. És fő az ötletesség: ha nem tudunk egy szót sem, tekerjünk ki és vessünk be egy nemzetközit, találjunk ki vadonatújat, de olyankor egy nyögés is megteszi - lásd a Churchill-anekdotát. Lansburgh sziporkák, sztorik, pikáns kalandok özönével szórakoztatja és alakítja a maga képére és hasonlatosságára - vagyis anglománná - a vállalkozó kedvű olvasót, aki valóban játszva tanulja meg, hogy pl. mit jelent a "podger" szó.* *(Az égvilágon semmit)
Catherine O'Flynn - The News Where You Are
Frank Allcroft tells terrible jokes. To millions of people. As a presenter on Midlands TV's regional news, Frank is a long way from journalism's cutting edge, and he knows it. Fifteen years ago, Frank hired gag-writer Cyril to inject some humour into his thoroughly unremarkable reports - of pie-baking contests, local crime and spectacular non-events. Cyril's gags turned out to be as pitiful as his CV, but the worse the jokes have got, the higher Frank's ratings have climbed. To his co-presenter Julia's intense annoyance, Frank is now officially 'the unfunniest man on god's earth' and a certified local legend. It's a strange sort of success, but it seems to work, perhaps because Frank's ambitions have never extended much beyond his family and home: his wife, Andrea, who makes him feel comfortable in his skin (most of the time); and his daughter, Mo, whose questions bring the world alive. But as Frank reflects on his late father's legacy and what he in turn will leave behind, one news report of a particularly sad and lonely death catches his eye. Digging further into the past, he uncovers a story of thwarted hopes and a friendship tested with the ultimate request. Both brilliantly funny and heartbreakingly sad, The News Where You Are is a blisteringly sharp satire on modern Britain, a moving exploration of loss, and an uplifting portrait of what makes us human, which shows that what remains of us is love.
P. G. Wodehouse - Leave it to Psmith
Lady Constance Keeble, sister of Lord Emsworth of Blandings Castle, has both an imperious manner and a valuable diamond necklace. The precarious peace of Blandings is shattered when her necklace becomes the object of dark plottings, for within the castle lurk some well-connected jewel thieves - among them the Honourable Freddie Threepwood, Lord Emsworth's younger son, who wants the reward money to set up a bookmaking business. Psmith, the elegant socialist, is also after it for his newly married chum Mike. And on patrol with the impossible task of bringing management to Blandings is the Efficient Baxter, whose strivings for order lead to a memorable encounter with the castle flowerpots. Will peace ever return to Blandings Castle ... ?
Douglas Adams - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
When all questions of space, time, matter and the nature of being have been resolved, only one question remains - 'Where shall we have dinner?' _The Restaurant at the End of the Universe_ provides the ultimate gastronomic experience, and for once there is no morning after to worry about.
Kingsley Amis - Lucky Jim
Kingsley Amis has written a marvelously funny novel describing the attempts of England's postwar generation to break from that country's traditional class structure. When it appeared in England, LUCKY JIM provoked a heated controversy in which everyone took sides. Even W. Somerset Maugham reviewed the book, happily with great favor: "Mr. Kingsley Amis is so talented, his observations so keen, that you cannot fail to be convinced that the young men he so brilliantly describes truly represent the classes with which his novel is concerned."
Sue Townsend - The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year
The day her twins leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. For seventeen years she's wanted to yell at the world, 'Stop! I want to get off'. Finally, this is her chance. Her husband Brian, an astronomer having an unsatisfactory affair, is upset. Who will cook his dinner? Eva, he complains, is attention seeking. But word of Eva's defiance spreads. Legions of fans, believing she is protesting, gather in the street, while her new friend, Alexander the white-van man brings tea, toast and sympathy. And from this odd but comforting place, Eva begins to see both herself and the world very, very differently...
M. C. Beaton - Penelope Goes to Portsmouth
Kind-hearted Miss Hannah Pym is off to Portsmouth in the company of the beautiful but practical Miss Penelope Wilkins. Miss Pym quickly realises that Penelope needs someone to enliven her sheltered life, someone perhaps like their handsome travelling companion, Lord Augustus Railton. Penelope, however, thinks Lord Augustus is a ne'er-do-well...Hannah's hopes for adventure, on the other hand, are fulfilled when the coach happens upon a footman who faces hanging for a crime he didn't commit.
J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror? Here are just a few things on Harry's mind: - A Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey. - A venomous, disgruntled house-elf - Ron as keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team - The looming terror of the end-of-term Ordinary Wizarding Level exams . . . and of course, the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. In the richest installment yet of J. K. Rowling's seven-part story, Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts. Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew, boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice. Though thick runs the plot, listeners will race through these tapes and leave Hogwarts, like Harry, wishing only for the next train back.
P. G. Wodehouse - Something Fresh
In a moment of absentmindedness, Lord Emsworth helps himself to a priceless relic, leaving its owner to offer a thousand pounds for its return. Pretty soon, Blandings is a madhouse with people tripping over one another to claim the prize.