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by David Lodge

  • ISBN: 0436205246
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: David Lodge
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
  • Other formats: azw lrf lrf lit
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited (1999)
  • Pages: 114 pages
  • FB2 size: 1682 kb
  • EPUB size: 1158 kb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 867
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. From the author of the Booker Prize finalist Small World. Adrian Ludlow, a novelist with a distinguished reputation and a book on the A level syllabus.

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David Lodge's delicious novella examines with characteristic wit and insight the tensions between private life and public interest in contemporary culture.

Home Truths (1999) is a novella by British author David Lodge. It was first written as a play of the same name, performed at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1998. The story mainly focuses on Adrian Ludlow, a half-retired writer, interviewed by Fanny Tarrant, a journalist famous for sarcastic portrait of her interviewees.

David John Lodge CBE (born 28 January 1935) is an English author and literary critic. A professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham until 1987, he is known for novels satirising academic life, notably the "Campus Trilogy" – Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses (1975), Small World: An Academic Romance (1984), and Nice Work (1988). The second two were shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

The characters are all touching in their way-even the barracuda journalist-and the writing is exquisite. All David Lodge fans should be sure to read HOME TRUTHS and new readers might want to wet their feet here (or dampen their entire skin, given the function of the protagonist's sauna).

Author David Lodge. Ralph Messenger is a man who knows what he wants and generally gets it. Approaching his fiftieth birthday, he has good reason to feel pleased with himself.

From the author of the Booker Prize finalist Small World. David Lodge is the author of ten previous novels, a trilogy of plays and a novella. Adrian Ludlow, a novelist with a distinguished reputation and a book on the A level syllabus, is now seeking obscurity in a cottage beneath the Gatwick flight path. His university friend Sam Sharp, who has become a successful screenwriter, drops in on the way to Los Angeles, fuming over a vicious profile of himself by Fanny Tarrant, one of the new breed of Rottweiler interviews, in a Sunday newspaper. He has also written stage plays screenplays and numerous works of literary criticism.

That inevitably makes Home Truths impossibly dated, but it also provides its most telling statement on the fleeting phantom that is celebrity. Used availability for David Lodge's Home Truths. -Alan Stewart Genre: General Fiction. Similar books by other authors. June 2000 : USA Hardback. May 2001 : UK Paperback.

Adapted by the author from a stage play of his own-with the result that it's, well, a bit stagy-Lodge's effort even so offers a satiric nougat that's sweet indeed and less frothy than one might think. Adapted by the author from a stage play of his own-with the result that it’s, well, a bit stagy-Lodge’s effort even so offers a satiric nougat that’s sweet indeed and less frothy than one might think. What is a rich, famous, successful, divorced-and lonely-British TV scriptwriter to do when a high-profile interview in London’s Sunday papers turns out to be a scathing indictment of his shallowness and vanity, not to mention his piggish treatment of women?

June 2000, present us, on the front cover, the name of the author,the title of the book, the title of two more books, that David Lodge wrote, the indication of the book’s genre, a specific illustration and the tag of the publishing house.

June 2000, present us, on the front cover, the name of the author,the title of the book, the title of two more books, that David Lodge wrote, the indication of the book’s genre, a specific illustration and the tag of the publishing house.

David Lodge's extended novella is a delicious contemporary comedy on the perils of celebrity. It concerns a plot for revenge hatched by two writers, Adrian, a distinguished novelist seeking obscurity in a cottage near Gatwick and Sam, a successful scriptwriter who drops in on his old university friend en route to LA. The object of their revenge is one of the new breed of Rottweiler interviewers, a young woman who writes vicious profiles for a paper and who has just published a particularly nasty profile of Sam. Naturally, it all goes completely wrong.
Reviews about Home Truths (7):
ME
Obviously adapted from a play, this very short work consists mostly of dialogue, with very little exposition and almost no narrative. For this reason, it will be disappointing, particularly to David Lodge fans such as myself, who have been eagerly awaiting his next novel. On the other hand, the characters are sharply drawn, and the themes -- what is public and what is private, what is honesty and what is betrayal -- are significant ones. One is left, after this "quick read," wishing to know more about these characters and themes, and hoping that, unlike his hero, Adrian Ludlow, Lodge is not "semi-retired" from fiction, and will publish another full-length work soon.
Xal
The author is my target audience for my book reviews. It is our one moment to connect on MY terms, as we have already connected on the author's terms (the novel). I don't write negative reviews of books because there is always something I can find to appreciate, and writers are at all different stages, so I do not want to discourage writers (like Adrian or Sam!). Writers who publish are already vulnerably sharing their heart, merely asking for some validation that they have injected something of value into our world. They are a vulnerable lot, and that is what this book is about. The vulnerable writer in this case, but it could be any vocation. It all translates because there are critics at every turn, from the book critic to your own mother in law.

This was a resonant novella that provokes me to think about motives, relationships, authenticity and vulnerability, rejection, pretense, self delusion, risk-I could go on. I recommend this short read very highly! I'll remember it for a long time.
Whitemaster
Elegant and witty treatment of writers’ problems. How to deal with success, celebrity and infringements of privacy? Or what to do when one runs out of ideas or the energy to fictionalise one’s creative thoughts? Or if one’s husband does? This novella is an adaptation of an original play by David Lodge that brings together four characters: Adrian had early literary success. Sam became rich and famous as a scriptwriter. Both loved Eleanor while in college. She married Adrian. Decades later Sam is interviewed by Fanny, a journalist of the Rottweiler variety and is shocked by the result. The trio seeks retribution...
Perfect novella with good dialogue and plenty of twists and turns and doorbells ringing. And as English as Sunday papers.
Hi_Jacker
There's an oft-quoted / paraphrased theory of fiction writing that says "the form finds the story." I know Neil Gaiman has blogged about the concept: how occasionally he's struggled trying to tell a story in a certain way only to discover it works better as something else (trying to write a short story when what it really wants to be is a poem, for example). And of course Alan Moore is famous for his refusal to have anything to do with adaptations of his work into other forms of storytelling (see the movie versions of Watchmen, V For Vendetta, From Hell, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) because he told the story in the style and format it fit best in, and it didn't need to be anything else.

I have occasionally toyed with turning both of my less-than-successful attempts at one-act plays into novellas. David Lodge's Home Truths made me think twice about it. Lodge's novella is a prose rendering of his play of the same title. His short note at the beginning tells you so, and also tells you that he put back in dialogue cut from various productions of the play. The problem is, the novella doesn't feel like a novella -- it feels like a playscript with very very explicit stage directions added in, and one odd veering-off into something that could not actually have been staged the way it's written (which, perhaps, was Lodge's whole intent for the piece, but since most of it sticks to what conceivably would have been an English Country Home One Room Drama, the piece that doesn't take place in that one room feels highly highly out of place.)

The plot, in short, is this: retired author Adrian Ludlow and his wife are visited by their old friend Sam Sharp, who is quite upset a scathing profile done by paparazzi-journalist Fanny Tarrant. A revenge scheme is set up, involving Adrian being interviewed by Tarrant at the same time that he interviews her. Will the retired author give up his own beloved privacy to skewer the woman who skewers famous people?

I have a feeling if I had seen Home Truths staged, I'd have enjoyed it quite a bit. The very British snappy patter speaks to me, and the topic is ... well, topical, perhaps even moreso now than when the play was written in 1998 (the action takes place around a pivotal cultural moment in 1997). But in book form, Lodge uses an awful lot of "he said" style dialogue tags that quickly get repetitive and actually annoying, cutting into the flow of the story. And in the end, the point Lodge seems to be trying to make is almost too cliche precisely because of that pivotal cultural moment Lodge relies on to make the point.

Reading this novella was instructional for me as a writer, but not something I'd recommend eagerly to others.
Amis
This is unapologetically a playscript turned into a novel. It's very successful - there's no problem that most of the pages are simply dialogue with the character names deleted from the margin. Because the dialogue is excellent - I would have thoroughly enjoyed the play.

Lodge has so many calling cards, and while I don't relish every one of them, he really is playing to his strengths. This time the issue (there's always an issue) is the relationship of the press with celebrity. Wisely, as ever, his main character has enough similarities to himself to allow some more honest and informed meditation (and, typically, and less wisely, sexual daydream: all of his semi-autobiographical narrators, from the teenager of `Out of the Shelter', to the deaf septuagenarian of Deaf Sentence, seem to somehow find themselves in the most unlikely, "I never thought this would happen to me..." scenarios). There's interesting and insightful sifting of the issues, but while this could have been turned into a capable essay, rather it's incorporated into cracking dialogue and engaging interpersonal relationships.

There's real craft in this, and it would have been particularly poignant, stamped, as it is, at a moment in recent British history.

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