Changing Places

Changing Places Anyone intrigued by differences between American and British academic institutions will find this an amusing and accurate send up David Lodge portraying two American and British professors who replac

  • Title: Changing Places
  • Author: David Lodge
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  • Page: 148
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  • Anyone intrigued by differences between American and British academic institutions will find this an amusing and accurate send up David Lodge, portraying two American and British professors who replace one another at their respective institutions, gives greed, pettiness, and pretense full rein.

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    1. David Lodge

      Professor David Lodge is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of University College London He is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, where he taught from 1960 until 1987, when he retired to write full time.He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, was Chairman of the Judges for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1989, and is the author of numerous works of literary criticism, mainly about the English and American novel, and literary theory He is also the author of The Art of Fiction 1992 , a collection of short articles first published in the Independent on Sunday.David Lodge is a successful playwright and screenwriter, and has adapted both his own work and other writers novels for television His novels include The Picturegoers 1960 , The British Museum is Falling Down 1965 , Changing Places 1975 , Therapy 1995 , Thinks 2001 , and his most recent, Deaf Sentence 2008 He lives in Birmingham.

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    1. Changing Places is the first of David Lodge's "Campus" series, this one being set in 1969 and published in 1975. The sexual revolution, Vietnam, student sit-ins and smoking "pot" are all highly topical themes; the novel is pure "psychedelic '60's." The style is redolent of Lodge's dry, sardonic humour, so it is very entertaining to read. The setting he has created affords plenty of his waspish observations, so perhaps this is why he is doffing his cap to the Inimitable with his subtitle, "A Tale [...]


    2. Satire – the use of wit, especially irony, sarcasm, and ridicule, to criticize faultsFarce – a ridiculous situation in which everything goes wrong or becomes a sham Earlier I reviewed Dear Committee Members, a delightfully humorous epistolary novel about a disgruntled professor of creative writing and literature at a small midwestern college in the U.S. During the course of a discussion of the book, a GR friend, Esil, mentioned that British writer David Lodge had also written several humorou [...]


    3. To everyone who was telling me I should read this: you were right, you were right, you were so so right. One of my favorite books isKingsley Amis'Lucky Jim, so of course I would love Lodge's academic comedy—especially since it comes with the bonus of being set in Birmingham and Berkeley. They're not called Birmingham and Berkeley, of course, but if you have any familiarity with either locale, it becomes even more amusing to "decode" the various place names (i.e Silver Span, Cable Avenue, etc.) [...]


    4. “A Troca” é um livro que me fez chorar copiosamente… de muito riso.Através de diálogos e situações hilariantes, David Lodge oferece-nos uma história simples e divertida, mas que nos incentiva à reflexão.O contraste entre os anseios revolucionários da juventude e o conhecimento oferecido pela idade, de que o que realmente importa, é a procura da nossa própria felicidade, mesmo que seja de forma egoísta e derrubando tabus e regras sociais. Sem culpa!“Quem não sabe ser feliz em [...]


    5. I kept hearing that David Lodge is the funniest author around, that you have to read it, what, you haven't read David Lodge yet, no way, so I decided to finally make acquintances with Lodge through one of his novels and being a trilogy, i took this one to start with. The story is alert, dynamic and there was no wasted phrase. The story is good, well written. I liked the different types of writing - letters / newspaper cuts / a lot of dialogue / no dialogue / filmscript. NOW A BIT OF A SPOILERLod [...]


    6. “A Troca” de David Lodge é uma divertida narrativa sobre um intercâmbio universitário de professores decorrida em 1969: O inglês Philip Swallow da Universidade de Remexe vai lecionar seis meses na Universidade de Euforia e o americano Morris Zapp da Universidade de Euforia parte durante seis meses para a Universidade de Remexe.São seis meses em que as vidas dos dois homens se sobrepõem ante o olhar ávido do leitor que segue com entusiasmo as peripécias de Philip numa universidade ame [...]


    7. Is humour a fragile or robust artform? A discussion took place here: /review/show/ and one could not hope for a more apt example of the issues involved than this book. Paul kicked it off with the comment that ‘Comedy may be one of the frailer arts because it depends so much on the immediate cultural situation’. Some of the best comedy does indeed depend on the immediate situation around it and its life span is sadly short as a consequence. Culturally referenced comedy less so than political, [...]


    8. One of the advantages of a reading group is that you are forced (really much too harsh a word) to read books you’ve always meant to and that many people have recommended but that you’ve just never gotten around to. Such was the case with David Lodge’s Changing Places. What a delight. This is one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. It chronicles the events in the lives of two professors, Philip Swallow, of Rummidge College in England, and Morris Zapp, professor of English at E [...]


    9. It's 1969 and British English Professor Philip Swallow and American English Professor Morris Zap are trading places. It's long been a tradition between their two universities to exchange a professor for 6 months.Both of them leave their wives and children behind. Both of them have eye-opening experiences in their new surroundings.Philip is a quiet, proper, faithful man. He's never cheated on his wife of 16 years and he has three kids. However, he must admit it IS nice to get away from family lif [...]


    10. Skvele napísaná forma i obsah. Páčilo sa mi striedanie žánrov, aj poučné state o literatúre, románoch Jane Austenovej, postrehy o spoločnosti, akademickom prostredí a (mas)médiách. A ten (filmový) koniec tiež :)Prvá veta:Stalo se vysoko, převysoko nad Severním pólem, prvního dne roku 1969: dva profesoři anglické literatury se k sobě blížili souhrnnou rychlostí 1 200 mil v hodině.Posledná (dvoj)veta:PHILIP pokrčí rameny. Kamera se zastaví a v půli gesta ho znehybn [...]


    11. Taken as a whole, the writing and the concept were both novel. The simultaneous and similar incidents that happened to Philip and Morris were funny and the way David narrated them are simply entertaining. The drama script format in the final chapter would really gave an idea to those who read and liked this that this is cut for a movie or a sitcom (which I read in to really have happened in the 70s). Although it is now dated (there was no computer yet and there was a mention of electric typewri [...]


    12. Lodge's Changing Places is the first novel in his Campus Trilogy. It follows a very simple story (or perhaps formula or script are more appropriate terms): two professors, one from the United States and the other from England, exchange positions and fill their counterpart's teaching position for six months. They also end up sleeping with each other's wives.Contrary to expectations, the story was not particularly funny or revealing. It felt rather uneven—undeveloped in some places and overdevel [...]


    13. Incredibly amusing, alert, witty but unpretentious at the same time, though, being part of a campus novel trilogy, someone might expect a lot of academia breathing through its pages. The plot is quite obvious, due to the title, Philip (British) and Morris (American) are supposed to exchange places as English Literature professors for 6 months. But since life always takes us by surprise, they change not only positions and it's a good opportunity for Lodge to use his own experience in order to emp [...]


    14. Os professores Philip Swallow e Morris Zapp trocam de lugar, durante seis meses, nas universidades onde trabalham, em Inglaterra e nos Estados Unidos, respectivamente. As diferenças que começam na cidade natal de cada um alastram-se, ao longo do livro, desde os detalhes mais irrelevantes, como os escritórios onde trabalham, até aos pormenores mais pessoais, como as mulheres com quem casaram. David Lodge expõe um contraste de culturas, tradições, hábitos de vida e formas de pensar, atrav [...]



    15. One has to admire, perhaps, the novel - or any text in general - that clearly delineates the game it's playing at in the early stages. David Lodge's Changing Places is a comic campus novel about two academics engaged in an exchange scheme for half a year - one hails from the West Coast of the U.S and the other from an grim, industrial British city. That game the novel plays at is the extreme exacerbation of what Russell Hoban once called "the 2ness of it all". Let's turn to page two (and enjoy t [...]


    16. One fine day, when I was done with all the books borrowed from the library and didn’t have anything tempting to read from my own collection, my friend lent me this book A David Lodge Trilogy. I had never heard of the author before, but was sure it will not disappoint me since I and my lending friend share similar tastes for books. The trilogy contains three books: Changing Places, Small World and Nice Work.David Lodge is a British author and has more than 20 books to his credit. His latest boo [...]


    17. A satisfying satire of academic cross fertilisation at a time of great social change.Changing Places is an effective satire because the events and characters are not too far removed from reality. The exaggerations are not totally ridiculous or inconceivable. Take for example the character of Professor Gordon Masters, a Department Head at Rummidge College, who did something during the war, goes hunting and is a crack shot, is almost incomprehensible when speaking and ultimately ends up pursuing A [...]


    18. I read this on the train to New Jersey and back in January, and I'm sure my fellow passengers were looking at me strangely, because I was snorting and saying, "ha!" outloud. Maybe it's just being around academics again, but I found this novel extremely funny, and I probably will search out more Lodge based on it.The idea is simple: two professors, one at a small college in England, the other at a huge conglomerate in California, switch places for an academic year. The English professor, who is b [...]


    19. "There was one respect alone in which Philip was recognized as a man of distinction, though only within the confines of his own Department. He was a superlative examiner of undergraduates: scrupulous, painstaking, stern yet just. No one could award a delicate mark like B+/B+?+ with such confident aim, or justify it with such cogency and conviction. In the Department meetings that discussed draft question papers he was much feared by his colleagues because of his keen eye for the ambiguous rubric [...]


    20. It is the end of the 1960s, there is political, social and sexual revolution in the air, although more so on the West Coast of the USA than in England's industrial midlands. Against this backdrop, the conventional, one might even say dull, Philip Swallow, an English Literature lecturer at a fictional university in the fictional English midlands city of Rummidge, takes part in an exchange scheme with Morris Zapp, a counterpart at the equally fictional, though equally believable, Europhic State Un [...]


    21. For anyone who has been involved with higher academia, David Lodge is your P.G. Wodehouse. The books are filled alternately with a love for literature and a shock/disgust/bemusement at what intelligent people do with it. In Lodge's books, the academic is often a passive or Dionysian sex-starved maniac let loose on a world that couldn't care less about his intellect. The first of the trilogy, "Changing Places," is like opening a time capsule: set in 1969, when a character quizzically asks what Wo [...]


    22. Donald Lodge's hilarious farce about academia in the late '60s may be somewhat dated (I doubt any younger readers will know what 'grock' means), but it still got quite a few laughs out of me. Lodge's humor is dry, clever, ironic--in short, quintessentially British.The story takes place on two campuses, Rummidge (Birmingham), and Euphoric State (Berkeley). (The thinly veiled references, as well as Lodge's protestations to the contrary, simply add to the fun.) Morris Zapp, a hairy, husky, irrevere [...]


    23. Two professors, alike in propensityDavid Lodge's book of two university professors on a job exchange in 1969 is a fun read, reminding me of the works of Thorne Smith in its light-hearted dealings of sometimes serious matters. The book is a snapshot of the end of the 60s told from the safe distance of 1975 (the book's publication date) and shows the differences and, more importantly, the similarities between a Berkeley-like Euphoria (located in a fictive middle state between north and south Calif [...]


    24. Il libro come romanzo tradizionale non è granché. La trama è improbabile, i personaggi principali poco definiti, incongruenti (il protagonista Swallow impiega pochi giorni per diventare disinvoltamente ciò che non era mai stato per un decennio), quelli secondari praticamente delle macchiette.Ma il libro è degli anni sessanta, e l'autore è un professore e critico letterario e questo libro è un suo giocattolo: è pieno di "meta"-citazioni (uno dei due protagonisti è un esperto di Jane Aust [...]


    25. Good entertainment with fun characters, but hardly flawless. It's dated in an odd way- the academic life these days revolves *completely* around computers. But in this novel the profs use typewriters. Now, that's not Lodge's fault, and it doesn't really make too much of a difference. It's just amusing. But it's dated in another way- tiresome pomo trickiness. It makes fun of 'how to write a novel' handbooks! Hilarious! It makes fun of the debate about realism and the novel and film! Hilarious! It [...]


    26. A lively predecessor to Small World, Changing Places is a story about two English professors doing an international University exchange which is a quarter over before they even get off the planes in their opposite number's country. This book isn't entirely good - the racial and sexual undertones of a paragraph set in a felon holding tank is particularly retrograde - but it is mostly entertaining and amusing. The men aren't entirely clean and the women are allowed independence and intelligence qu [...]


    27. **1/2Khi chưa đọc cuốn sách này, tôi nghĩ rằng mình sẽ cực kỳ thích nó. Tôi tò mò không biết rằng trong vòng vỏn vẹn gần 400 trang, David Lodge sẽ khiến cho hai giảng viên một Anh một Mỹ ban đầu từ đổi chỗ làm cho tới đổi cả vợ như thế nào. Có lẽ vì lý do đó mà tôi đã hơi thất vọng một tẹo. Vẫn hài hước và khá thú vị nhưng đề cập đến xã hội Mỹ những năm 60, vốn là đề tà [...]


    28. Prečítané v rámci relaxu po riadnom zábere a nutno priznať, že očakávania to rozhodne splnilo. Ironicky vtipné, postavy krásne ľudsky omylné, s množstvom chýb a predsa sympaticky skutočné, a napriek značne s nadhľadom poňatej zápletke príbeh stále obsahuje zásadnú otázku, ktorá neraz napadla snáď každému z nás: čo keby som skrátka začal/a nový život niekde inde. Oceňujem tiež množstvo drobných postrehov, vďaka ktorým som sa nad knihou väčšinu času u [...]


    29. Was published in 1975 which may explain my enthusiasm for the setting and the times. Carried well my nostalgia for the times and provided an uncanny assessment of where those then new trends were going.A rollicking good read and a lot of hypocrisy in those times aptly dispelled.Humor, depth, accuracy, and very well strung together for easy reading.The ending a self fulfilling prophecy of an author at wits' end.


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