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Thursday 30 April 2015

Review - David Lodge: Quite a Good Time to be Born

David Lodge
Quite a Good Time to be Born. A Memoir 1935-1975 (1*)

Having previously enjoyed David Lodge's novels and their wonderful humour, I am sorry to say I found this tedious and gave up. Do we really really want to know the detail of the life experiences that re-emerged in his fiction? It might get better later on, but he's lost me.

Postscript: In January 2018 I read a Guardian review of Lodge's second instalment of autobiography, which came to similar conclusions, such as that he does not discard detail best omitted, e.g. his childrens' 'A' Level results. It wondered where was the comic novelist?

Key to star ratings: 5*** wonderful and hope to read again, 5* wonderful, 4* enjoyed it a lot and would recommend, 3* enjoyable/interesting, 2* didn't enjoy, 1* gave up.

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