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Author: David Lodge
ISBN13: 978-1846556401
Title: A Man of Parts
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Language: English
Category: Genre Fiction
Publisher: Vintage Books; First Edition edition (November 1, 2011)

A Man of Parts by David Lodge

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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Part 1. Blessed is the Man. Explanation of psalms 1, 2, 5, and 54. This book examines the issues of human happiness, the royal path, eternal life, a personal relationship with the Creator, and prayer for one's enemies. man of parts - noun A man that is talented in multiple areas of life. This includes but is not limited to the area of seduction. He puts very little emphasis on memorized scripts or peacocking and instead relies on individualized ways to charm a woma. iktionary.

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.

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Reviews: 7
Over 25 years ago I began to read every David Lodge book I could acquire. The three books now available in the package The Campus Trilogy made of me a dedicated fan.The Campus Trilogy: Changing Places; Small World; Nice Work Other works like: The British Museum Is Falling Down , Therapy and Home Truths kept me coming back for more. Soon I developed a sense when a new Lodge book was due and I would seek them.

His early works were always wry, thoughtful, and seemed autobiographical enough to be credible testimony about the time he lived in. I liked the typically small scale , intimate world his books lived in. I trusted him to have an entertaining mix of humor, and insight. He can be edgy. He freely questions icons and trends without being shrill or preachy. His main characters tend to be go along , get along kinds of (usually) men but who are aware that they will need to grow and that much of the world they live in is less than it should be.

His Souls and Bodies (King Penguin) a pointed book, still charming and humorous, relating the the life of his generation of Catholics and their problems with contraception. As it looks like his mother church wants to re fight this battle, this could be a gentle enlightenment for those who never knew the world before the pill and why many will not like being forced back into it.

The light slim volumes that David Lodge used to produce seem to be no more. Some where around Thinks Thinks . . .and Deaf Sentence Deaf Sentence: A Novel, he appears to have shifted to thoughts of - perhaps of his own decreasing allotment of days. He has turned to the example of favorite writers and their last years. Author, Author, was such a book, giving us a fictionalized biography of an elderly Henry James and now we have Lodges' take on the last days of H G Wells.

I have just posted several paragraphs on HG Wells as part of my review of: H. G. Wells in Love: H. G. Wells in Love: Postscript to An Experiment in Autobiography. I will not reproduce them here.

In scanning the existing reviews of this book, I find myself in general agreement with others. Cranky and I agree that Biography and Fiction are not always such a good idea. On the specifics we disagree. I also agree that this not a bad book and perhaps not David Lodge at his best. If it helps, I was extremely happier with this book and far more engaged than I was with Author, Author.

In this book we meet HG Wells in 1944, he is about 2 years from death and in declining health. He is increasing dependent on house servants and nurses who have only a dim idea of who is in their charge. The great HG wells, a fiery man of the political left. A man greatly admired for his predictions about the future, is now marginalized, dependent and weaker by the page. Age and infirmaries force Wells to live in his mind and here we the reader get to learn about his life and loves. Again, as someone else wrote, who knew he was such a stud?

David Lodge can be trusted to not write sexy- meaning graphic sex. In this he keeps to a style that would have had Wells' approval. Lodge is only slightly more titillating than Wells in Postscript, but then Lodge has always handled matters of the flesh with restrained exuberance. Side note: The ability to compare Lodges' version of Wells and Wells on the same topics and his own words is an option I recommend to fans of this book. That is, follow this book with Wells' Postscript.

That Lodge needed Wells to be deep into his final decline clearly served Lodges purposes, but I found it depressing and too constraining. Wells had been more actively engage in the larger world, in early WWII and I would liked to have had some of that Wells in the "present" time of the book. The visits of the various women, all former lovers tended to read like duty visits rather than expressions of abiding love or motivated by the remains of past affections. His former lovers may have spent all passions, but there is reason to believe that they continued to have real feelings for what was then a shadow of a former love. Ultimately this is a book about dying, back filled with the story of a remarkable life. As a fan of biography, I prefer to enjoy the story of the subject's life, and not have his death waved at me every few paragraphs.

My Kindle edition performed as advertised. $9.99 is a reasonable price. David Lodge is a skilled writer and here he has a very readable book. I miss his early humor, but every writer has the right to reach past his early self. I will continue to look for new works by Mr. Lodge and encourage you to sample widely from his catalog. Start with Man of Parts or arrive here from his other books.
I read this book for two reasons: I am a long time David Lodge fan, and I have always been fascinated by the figure and influence of H.G. Wells. So, I figured, what better than a combination of the two? Well, it turns out that the combination amounts to significantly less than the sum of the individual elements, unfortunately. This is a fictional biography, which is not exactly an oxymoron. It's a novel, with made up dialogue, but the background facts of the principal characters, and sometimes even bits of epistolary correspondence, are true to the way things actually happened. In other words, it is potentially an entertaining way to learn about a person and his time without reading a possibly much drier actual biography. And there is certainly a lot to write about H.G. Wells, from his then revolutionary pro-women stands to his influential science fiction (War of the Worlds, The Time Machine), from his interactions with major figures of his time (William James, George Bernard Show) to his numerous sexual affairs (including, for instance, with Rebecca West); not to mention his dealings with the socialist Fabian Society, which still influences British government and policy. With such bountiful material, I was expecting much of David Lodge, whose hilarious, usually academically-centered novels include "Small World" (on what happens at conferences), "Exchanging Places" (sabbatical leaves) and "The British Museum is Burning Down" (on thesis writing). Instead I got a long, enjoyable but never quite sparkly volume reading which you will learn something about Wells and his world, but that might, I think, barely be worth your time.
I found "A Man of Parts" to be a thoroughly enjoyable read. Historical fiction if you will-- yet David Lodge has done significant research, including examination of much correspondence. The book is not complete fantasy.

The book left me with an enduring picture of the values, customs, and concerns of the times, even as these values changed greatly during H.G. Wells' lifetime and changed even more in the 60+ years since his death. One example is the depiction of the sometimes over-serious Fabians. This march of years helps the reader to place oneself in time. Of course, the main focus of "A Man of Parts" is Wells' relations with women and the often farcical results of his pursuits. Lodge's "anonymous interviewer" technique is used now and then to take H.G. to task and try to get him to 'fess up to the motivations behind his behavior with his numerous, not always serial romances. But H.G. is irrepressible and clings to his dignity and somewhat inflated self image, even in the face of contradictions, even in the face of his impending death. A fun read by a writer who is a keen, non-judgemental observer who, even with a nod to absurdity, extends sympathy to his characters. (Book purchased through Amazon!)