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Therapy

Author: David Lodge   Series: Vintage Books

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A highly entertaining novel about a successful sitcom writer's search for his lost contentment.

As Tubby's life fragments under the weight of his self-obsession, he embarks - via Kierkegaard, strange beds from Rummidge to Tenerife to Beverly Hills, a fit of literary integrity and memories of his 1950s South London boyhood - on a picaresque quest for his lost contentment.
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Summary

A highly entertaining novel about a successful sitcom writer's search for his lost contentment.

As Tubby's life fragments under the weight of his self-obsession, he embarks - via Kierkegaard, strange beds from Rummidge to Tenerife to Beverly Hills, a fit of literary integrity and memories of his 1950s South London boyhood - on a picaresque quest for his lost contentment.

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A successful sitcom writer with plenty of money, a stable marraige, a platonic mistress and a flash car, Laurence 'Tubby' Passmore has more reason than most to be happy. Yet neither physiotherapy nor aromatherapy, cognitive-behaviour therapy or acupuncture can cure his puzzling knee pain or his equally inexplicable mid-life angst.As Tubby's life fragments under the weight of his self-obsession, he embarks - via Kierkegaard, strange beds from Rummidge to Tenerife to Beverly Hills, a fit of literary integrity and memories of his 1950s South London boyhood - on a picaresque quest for his lost contentment.

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Critic Reviews

“Full of delights... His view of our neuroses is sane, intelligent and amused”

"Full of delights... His view of our neuroses is sane, intelligent and amused." -- John Mortimer Sunday Times "Energetic, comic...a highly ingenious games-board of moves and counter-moves." Sunday Telegraph "Lodge remains one of the very best English comic novelists of the post-war era; and Therapy is good for you." Time Out "A real treat...a joy - a sobering joy, but a joy none the less." Observer "Takes off on wings of humour and pathos which would not have disgraced Lodge's great hero Dickens... A splendid novel." Daily Express

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About the Author

David Lodge's novels include Changing Places, Small World, Nice Work, Thinks..., Author, Author and, most recently, Deaf Sentence. He has also written stage plays and screenplays, and several books of literary criticism, including The Art of Fiction, Consciousness and the Novel and The Year of Henry James.

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A successful sitcom writer with plenty of money, a stable marriage, a platonic mistress and a flash car, Laurence 'Tubby' Passmore has more reason than most to be happy. Yet neither physiotherapy nor aromatherapy, cognitive-behaviour therapy or acupuncture can cure his puzzling knee pain or his equally inexplicable mid-life angst. As Tubby's life fragments under the weight of his self-obsession, he embarks - via Kierkegaard, strange beds from Rummidge to Tenerife to Beverly Hills, a fit of literary integrity and memories of his 1950s South London boyhood - on a picaresque quest for his lost contentment. 'Lodge remains on of the very best English comic novelists of the post-war era; and Therapy is good for you' Time Out 'Takes off on wings of humour and pathos which would not have disgraced Lodge's great hero Dickens... A splendid novel' Daily Express 'Energetic, comic...a highly ingenious games-board of moves and counter-moves' Sunday Telegraph

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Product Details

Publisher
Vintage Publishing | Vintage
Published
7th April 2011
Pages
336
ISBN
9780099554196
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