Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses
Euphoric State University with its whitestone, sun-drenched campus and England's damp red-brick University of Rummidge have an annual professorial exchange scheme, and as the first day of the last year of the tumultuous sixties dawns, Philip Swallow and Morris Zapp are the designated exchangees.... show more
Euphoric State University with its whitestone, sun-drenched campus and England's damp red-brick University of Rummidge have an annual professorial exchange scheme, and as the first day of the last year of the tumultuous sixties dawns, Philip Swallow and Morris Zapp are the designated exchangees. They know they'll be swapping class rosters, but what they don't know is that in a wildly spiraling transatlantic involvement they'll soon be swapping students, colleagues, and even wives. Changing Places is a hilarious send-up of academic life, intellectual fashion, sex, and marriage by a writer Anthony Burgess has called "one of the best novelists of his generation."
Publish date: October 25th 1979
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
Series: The Campus Trilogy (#1)
Is humour a fragile or robust artform? A discussion took place here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/91238230 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 ...
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 a...
Highly entertaining novel, very witty. Sometimes I had the feeling of everything being too artificially written down and hence the fictional situations too coincidental. But still, Lodge knows how to write and entertain his readers.
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 ...
Readable but boring. The characters are flat and the strings of the author are always visible. There is no imagination and no plot—-just a dude trying to be clever.