David Lodge

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A Man Of Parts

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Fiction
UK & Canada Harvill Secker (Ed. Geoff Mulligan)
US Viking (Ed. Paul Slovak)
2011
Sequestered in his blitz-battered house on the rim of Regent’s Park, as the second war he has lived through moves into its final phase, the ailing Herbert George Wells, “H.G.” to his family and friends, looks back on a life crowded with incident, books, and women. Has it been a success or a failure? 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.

He recalls his unpromising start in life, and early struggles to acquire an education and make a living; his meteoric rise to fame as a writer with a prophetic imagination and a comic common touch, which brought him into contact with most of the important literary, intellectual, and political figures of his time; his plunge into socialist politics; his belief in free love, and energetic practice of it. Arguing with himself about his conduct, he relives his relationships with two wives and many mistresses, especially the brilliant student Amber Reeves and the gifted writer Rebecca West, both of whom bore him children, with dramatic and long-lasting consequences. 

Unfolding this astonishing life story, David Lodge achieves a riveting portrait of H.G.Wells, a remarkable man who embodied as many contradictions as he had talents: a socialist who enjoyed his affluence, a Darwinian evolutionist imbued with religious idealism, an acclaimed novelist who turned against the literary novel; a feminist womaniser, sensual yet incurably romantic, irresistible and exasperating by turns to those who knew him personally, but always vitally human.
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Reviews


Mesmerizing...a terrifically enjoyable novel. Michael Dirda
Washington Post
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A smart, engaging novel. New York Times Review of Books

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This novel is as scintillating, engaging, and multidimensional as the man whose life and character it faithfully animates. The Atlantic
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As protean, elusive but compelling as its hero, David Lodge's bio-novel about HG Wells breaks all the rules but still grips the reader – like Wells himself.

The Independent


A beautiful portrait of English society during the first half of the twentieth century. lapetitesteph.blogspot


David Lodge's portrait of HG Wells, A Man of Parts, succeeded in fusing the best bits of fiction and biography to bring the man and his erotic adventures to life. Robert Harris
The Guardian


In addition to being a wonderful comic novelist himself, Lodge also taught and has written about English literature for decades, which may help explain why he is so deft at conveying Wells' social and literary surroundings.  Sylvia Brownrigg
San Francisco Chronicle
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Lodge takes us through an extraordinary cast of characters via the consciousness of an extraordinarily gifted man. Salley Vickers
The Times
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David Lodge's new novel tackles the life and many loves of H G Wells. Alice O'Keege
The Bookseller
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Absorbing and thoroughly enjoyable. The Scotsman


The artistry is considerable... the style is clear, light and graceful (Wellsian, even); yet there is often a great deal of spade work behind the scenes... he invents entire scenes very believably. Times Literary Review


[Lodge's] Wells is a complex, humane figure, driven by a mixture of rebellion against stultifying Victorian values, belief in a better was of shaping society and callous, hypocritical self-interest. It's an intriguing study of a time when many of the values that are bulwarks of our society were in their infancy. Metro


A racy...account of a life lived against the mainstream which makes one long to read Wells again. The Herald


A fluent and engagingly busy narrative. New Statesman


This is his best book in years: sprawling, funny, touching, a near-perfect fusion of story and scholarship. Mail on Sunday


Excellent... scrupulous and scholarly... It bounds along terrifically. The Guardian


Lodge's robust approach, his insights, energy and humour, enable him to present HG as a man not only for his own times but also for ours. The Irish Times