Nice Work

Nice Work When Vic Wilcox MD of Pringle s engineering works meets English lecturer Dr Robyn Penrose sparks fly as their lifestyles and ideologies collide head on But in time both parties make some surprisi

  • Title: Nice Work
  • Author: David Lodge
  • ISBN: 9780140119206
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Vic Wilcox, MD of Pringle s engineering works, meets English lecturer Dr Robyn Penrose, sparks fly as their lifestyles and ideologies collide head on But, in time, both parties make some surprising discoveries about each other s worlds and about themselves.

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    1. In this witty novel, Lodge engineers a confrontation between Robyn, a young, left-wing female literary theorist, and Vic, an older, conservative, senior manager type. There's a government initiative where Robyn is supposed to "shadow" Vic one day a week, an arrangement that initially neither of them can stand. Each of them thinks the other's world is absurd and pointless. I liked the book partly because I have also spent my professional life flitting between industry and academia. I can absolute [...]

    2. Rating: one disgusted star of fiveThe Publisher Says: Vic Wilcox, a self-made man and managing director of an engineering firm. has little regard for academics, and even less for feminists. So when Robyn Penrose, a trendy leftist teacher, is assigned to "shadow" Vic under a goverment program created to foster mutual understanding between town and gown, the hilarious collusion of lifestyles and ideologies that ensues seems unlikely to foster anything besides mutual antipathy. But in the course of [...]

    3. In Nice Work David Lodge introduces the campus novel to the 19th century industrial novel. The excuse for this unnatural pairing is a work exchange scheme and true to the late 1980s setting the basic assumption is the Lecturer from a thinly disguised Birmingham University English department has plenty to learn from industry, while the opposite, not not never, could be so. Lust, however, intervenes to shake up all the best laid plans of mice and menBackground splashes of colour from the industria [...]

    4. Don't take my four stars as a wide endorsement -- I recognize that not everyone would enjoy this as much as I did (especially with the tiny print -- I really am getting old). But I'll tell you about the book, and about why I appreciated it.I've now read a few novels which would fall into a category I recently discovered -- a "novel of ideas." My sense of these novels is that plot, and certainly characterization, unfortunately tend to be secondary to setting up debates between characters represen [...]

    5. The last in what is loosely termed "The Campus Trilogy" by David Lodge. The books are only distantly linked, it's nice to read them in order but not strictly necessary, and each can stand on it's own two feet, I believe.This time we follow two very different characters. Robyn is an idealist: a feminist professor of literature, in a non-relationship with her long-time partner, Charles. Vic is a man's man: a managing director of a factory, macho, hard-working, a laborer who has money because he's [...]

    6. Funny, moving and, in the long run, feel good. Vic Wilcox a workaholic managing director of a small engineering firm who is opinionated, dismissive and seeking to be upwardly mobile for the sake of his wife ends up sharing his Wednesdays with a ' shadow' from the local University on a project to get business and university inter-relating. (A tad prophetic Mr Lodge). The shadow in question is a self-opinionated, elitist snob called Robyn Penrose who specializes in English literature but especiall [...]

    7. The cap to David Lodge's Campus Trilogy is neither as neat nor as funny as its predecessors, but Nice Work is not without its enticements. The melding of the Rummidge University with its grey industrial heart is a firm idea, and Lodge handles matters of class differences astutely. The two lead characters are sympathetic in their own separate ways and are justifiably drawn together, and Lodge foreshadows their conclusions without being obnoxious about it. Probably the most interesting point that [...]

    8. Smart book. Very clever. Lots of moments of, 'ooooooh, I see what you did there!' Wildly feminist professor meets traditionalist industrial business man via crazy shadow scheme in time of state budget cuts and overall economic downturn. Riddled with literary references and social critique focused on academic life, industry, and business practices it also includes clever commentary on gender roles and family dynamics.

    9. This book changed the way I thought about people in industry vs. academia. Definitely worth a read. Plus it's really funny.

    10. This book, as its been said by many, is a brilliant piece of social commentary. What is less often said is that it follows in the tradition of many a great title - Mrs Gaskell's Mary Barton and North and South, , Forster's Howards End, Charlotte Bronte's Shirley and Dicken's Hard Times to name a few - as a "Condition of England Novel" (you can read more on that here: victorianweb/genre/din). The titles I mention are studied by Robyn Penrose in novel, herself an expert in the Condition of England [...]

    11. I read Nice Work before, a long time ago, but I still found that the humour tickled me on the first couple of pages: the wife’s bedside reading – Enjoy your Menopause – and her pride in her en suite are two gems. I loved the fact that one of the loos was avocado – a joke that was possibly lost on me, twenty years ago.Nice Work is an intelligently written novel, the conflict between the two main protagonists being a sort of representation of right and left politics of the UK. But Robyn an [...]

    12. σχεδόν 4*, όλα δικά του και χαλάλι του εφόσον με έκανε να γελάσω και μου έφτιαξε αισθητά την διάθεση, έτσι σαν καλοκαίρι. Ωραίο, καλογραμμένο ανάγνωσμα, εμβαθύνει ρηχές σκέψεις ενώ απλοποιεί τις βαθύτερες. Εμποτισμένο με σάτιρα και μπόλικο χιούμορ πραγματικά ρέει υπέροχα! Αν [...]

    13. Reading this book reminded me of studying French Literature in college in the mid 1980s. The literary theory reminds me of those courses -- particularly deconstructing modern poetry and reading 19th century French novels. The descriptions of the manufacturing plant and Vic's behavior remind me of my chemical engineering classes -- I remember researching something for a project in mining journals and finding every volume full of advertisements for machinery featuring large rocks with scantily cla [...]

    14. I started to read this book rather accidentally. I found it in one of my university departments and having read the back cover, I didn't expect much from the book, but I gave it a try. And it was absolutely worth it. The story revolves around two completely different people, who at first don't enjoy each other's company, but as the story unfolds they get along quite well and realize that they have much to learn from each other. There is not much action in this novel. Lodge concentrates on descri [...]

    15. My favorite of the "campus trilogy." Vic and Robyn, quasi-stereotypical as they are, are alive in their conflicting ideologies and clashing differences, and this novel, vaguely modeled after English social novels of the 19th century, poses some interesting, if simplistic, questions about the relationship between academia and industry. G.B. Shaw does something similar better in Heartbreak House, but no mind - this is the most fully realized of Lodge's Campus novels in that it doesn't rest fully i [...]

    16. лодж, як завжди, дотепний та іронічний, може, часом аж трохи злий. "хороша робота" – університетсько-виробничий роман (цікаво, чи хтось ще таке писав за межами соцреалізму; конкретних текстів цього жанру в соцреалізмі я не знаю, але чомусь певна, що вони там є) про зіткнення те [...]

    17. Very loosely based on E.M. Forster's Howards End, Nice Work follows Vic Wilcox, a head honcho in a British factory, and Robyn Penrose, a feminist PhD trying to secure a job at a university. Lodge does a really nice job of developing the characters and allowing them to change as a result of their interactions. He also manages to bring the novel to a satisfying and believable conclusion after leaving me wondering for most of the book where the story would end up. Overall, a book worth reading.

    18. 3,5 starsA witty and humorous book with credible characters. I liked the thoughts on the value of work and the idea of the shadow scheme. Impressive points on the stockmarket, swaps and the like.The negative side of the book was that after a good start it took too long to get into gear. It's a solid book that demands patience.

    19. "I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed".- Robert Louis Stevenson - My Shadow. "O'er grassy dale, and lowland sceneCome see, come hear, the English Scheme.The lower-class, want brass, bad chests, scrounge fags.The clever ones tend to emigrate"- The Fall - English Scheme."Shadowing: that which follows or attends a person or [...]

    20. I read this because I really liked Small World and because I found it in the office collection of a Shakespearean scholar at my university who retired and then passed away. The administration staff invited us to take all of the books we fancied. He underlined things in this book and noted its realism. I love this. Though written in 1988 (the year I graduated from high school) it feels historical (that doesn't seem that long ago) because of the specifics he gives about the effects of Thatcherism [...]

    21. This is the third book of Lodge's Campus Trilogy. As I've said in my review of the second book, "Small World," the label of "trilogy" is more or less a misnomer. The three books do contain Morris Zapp and Philip Swallow in each and do reflect a passing of time during which those characters' stories have progressed, but other than that the three novels have little to do with one another. "Nice Work" focuses on the young career of Robyn, a Rummidge literature professor, and Vic Wilcox, a managing [...]

    22. Ce roman qui se déroule après Un tout petit monde se passe en Angleterre sous le gouvernement Thatcher et relate la rencontre improbable entre le manager d’une grande entreprise et un professeur d’université. Le premier officie dans une fonderie où la testostérone règne en maître. Dans cette usine, des pin-up dénudées sont placardées au mur et les seules représentantes de la gente féminine ne sont que des caricatures de secrétaires rêvant de voir leur propre fille poser pour un [...]

    23. Lodge, David. NICE WORK. (1988). ****. By this time, I am a dyed-in-the-wool fan of Lodge’s work. In this novel, we meet Vic Wilcox, the managing director of an engineering firm that makes cast iron parts for large engines and other industrial equipment. He has been with this firm for about a year, hired on by its parent corporation to turn it around. Vic views himself as a self-made man, and has little time or regard for academic, and even less for feminists. Robyn Penrose is an instructor on [...]

    24. I think of the three books in this loosely connected trilogy (Changing Places, Small World, and Nice Work), I enjoyed this one the most, I think because it concerned itself with more than the academic world (with which I have had too much connection), and showing some interesting contrasts between it and the business world (about which I have almost no connection at all). Strangely though, I have marked no passages that particularly caught my eye, although I do remember very much enjoying the va [...]

    25. If you like literary theory and you have the open-mind to understand there's a world outside of the college, you will like this book. I really like this retold or homage to Industrial Novel, and particulary to North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. But don't be confused, this not a love story, as it is well said at the beginning. And that's a pity :(Robyn and Vic are two different worlds. She is a left feminist working for the University and he's an Engineer who works as general manager at a big [...]

    26. Having read now entire the Campus Trilogy I found this last installment to be the most compelling in terms of characterization and themes. At times I felt like I was reading the script for a British television mini-series: there is something sentimental, melodramatic, predictable about the way the two main characters' relationship is portrayed. Nevertheless, a novel worth reading, for its apercus on academic life, forward-driving plot, and fascinating depiction of the clash between two worlds: a [...]

    27. An intelligent and comedic blend of critical theory, scandal, humor and insightfulness, Nice Work reminds me -- in the midst of a whirlwind semester -- why I love to read. The connection of Lodge's two binaries, practical industry-man Vic and theoretical feminist Robyn, is inspirational and their discourse evokes an all-encompassing vision of Thatcher Era England. Though it explores and discusses the difficulty of maintaining a public higher-education system in the contemporary economy at great [...]

    28. Bringing the mutually contradictory worlds of industry and academia together via a goverment plan to have a college Prof (or instructor) "shadow" a head-of-industry, Lodge paints a riotous potrait that knocks heads and then cracks them. The trendy left-wing, feminist seniotic intellectual influences the staunchly realist-minded industrialist in a far mor straight-minded way. In truth however, each refocuses the others vie of his own little corner of the world and of the universe.Lodge is a brill [...]

    29. As always I liked David Lodge's book very much. What I love about all his characters is the fact that they are intelligent and controversial. You may like or dislike their decisions and actions, you may agree or disagree with them but this is what makes the heroes authentic. Plus, there's always something in the novels that encourages you to do some research on or brush up your knowledge of. I absolutely loved how the author used the literary terms talking about industry. The storyline is in a w [...]

    30. Amusing novel - some intriguing insights into character whilst comparing two worlds - the world of bleak industrialism (engineering and commerce) and the world of university (more particularly in the English department) - both worlds suffering cut-backs and needing to move into new ways of working to make ends meet. It's a book about relationships and change - the shadowing system works in that both main characters change their perceptions after spending time in each other's worlds. A quick delv [...]

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