Parts PLURAL NOUN 1. Personal abilities or talents: a man of many parts. 2. short for private parts. Collins English Dictionary. He could imagine as existing, as waiting for him, he knew not where, a completeness of understanding, a perfection of response, that would reach all the gamut of his feelings and sensations from the most poetical to the most entirely physical, a beauty of relationship so transfiguring that not only would she – it went without saying that this completion was a woman – be.
Through the spring and summer of 1944 Wells is holed up in his house in Hanover Terrace, one of the rows of smart houses built by the architect John Nash on the edge of Regents Park in the 1820s. Kingsley Amis, David Lodge, Howard Jacobson, their novels show a relentless obsession with sex and a relentlessly objectifying, exploitative and abusive view of women which has come to sicken me. She had the softest skin he had ever encountered. She murmured incomprehensible but exciting Russian words and phrases as she reached her climax and he released the pent seed of three weeks’ abstinence into the sheath he had prudently brought with him from England.
Novelist and critic David Lodge has taken the compelling true story of Wells's life and transformed it into a witty and deeply moving narrative about a fascinating yet flawed ma. ells had sexual relations with innumerable women in his lifetime, but in 1944, as he finds himself dying, he returns to the memories of a select group of wives and mistresses, including. the brilliant young student Amber Reeves and the gifted writer Rebecca West
David Lodge retells it as a 500-page biographical novel that explores the relationship between author and lover, prophet and philanderer, bed and book. He smelled of walnuts and he frisked like a nice animal," West said, explaining what made Wells attractive. Elizabeth von Arnim thought he smelled of honey. There was also – or there is here – the prostitute he went to for his first experience of sex, who exclaimed: "My, you've got a big one for a little chap. Fortunately Lodge is also interested in Wells's books (parts of A Man of Parts read like literary criticism) and in his tussles with the Fabians. The personal and the public are, in any case, hard to separate.
David Lodge, that’s who. Some of Wells’s works, including the briskly entertaining science fiction classics The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, are as familiar as any in English; others, like the appallingly named novel The Bulpington of Blup (you can look it up) have sunk from view. Wells died in 1946 a few weeks shy of 80, having written incessantly through two world wars. Such narrative experiments make one wonder where Lodge himself stands on the contrast, broached several times in A Man of Parts, between Henry James’s concept of the novel as an aesthetic construct and Wells’s more instrumental notion of fiction as a way to improve society. In his satirical book Boon, Wells cruelly skewered James’s fiction, comparing it to a church lit but without a congregation. And on the altar, very reverently placed, intensely there, is a dead kitten, an eggshell, a bit of string.
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A Man of Parts by David Lodge READING GUIDE. Book Synopsis Sequestered in his blitz-battered Regent’s Park house in 1944, the ailing Herbert George Wells, ‘. to his family and friends, looks back on a life crowded with incident, books and women. Once he was the most famous writer in the world, ‘the man who invented tomorrow’, now he feels like yesterday’s man, deserted or disparaged by readers, and depressed by the collapse of his utopian dreams for mankind.