Adrian Ludlow, a novelist with a distinguished but slightly faded reputation, is living in semi-retirement with his wife, Eleanor, in an isolated cottage beneath the flight path of London's Gatwick airport. Their old friend from college days, Sam Sharp, who has since become a successful screenplay writer, drops by unexpectedly on the way to Los Angeles. Sam is fuming over a scathing profile of himself by Fanny Tarrant, one of the new breed of pugnacious interviewers, in that day's newspaper. Together, Sam and Adrian plan to take revenge on the journalist, though Adrian is risking what he values most: his privacy. What follows is unexpected and upsetting for all of them, including Fanny.
David Lodge's delicious novella examines with characteristic wit and insight the tensions between private life and public interest in contemporary culture.
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David Lodge is the author of ten novels, including Small World and Nice Work, both of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He is also the author of several works of literary criticism, including The Art of Fiction and The Practice of Writing.From Publishers Weekly:
Bearing traces of its first incarnation as a stage play, this lighthearted and timely farce from veteran British writer Lodge (Therapy) skewers the media's voracious relationship with celebrity culture at the same time it examines a writer's responsibility to his talent. Decades ago, at university, Adrian Ludow and Sam Sharp were golden boys and best friends, certain that their careers would carry them to literary heights. Adrian published one highly praised novel, but when successive books met less acclaim, he elected to drop out of what he calls "the fame game." Now he and his wife, Eleanor, rusticate in a village under the Gatwick flight path, and Adrian is reduced to compiling anthologies. Sam, on the other hand, sold out early and now writes commercial tripe much sought after by Hollywood. When Sam is eviscerated in print by ruthless columnist Fanny Tarrant, he conspires with Adrian to get back at her. The plot they concoct--to have Fanny interview Adrian, who will secretly be gathering material for his own hatchet job on Fanny--backfires after Adrian reveals to Fanny that both he and Sam slept with Eleanor during their college days. An outraged Eleanor then takes her own revenge on Adrian. Lean and fast moving, the novella boasts spirited dialogue, titillating surprises (though a scene in a sauna takes place offstage), secrets spilled at just the right intervals, and visual tricks (Sam speculates aloud about what Fanny looks like in the nude, unaware that she has entered the room). Though the occasion for Fanny's epiphany about her mean-spirited reputation is a little slick, this is an entertaining read from a deft and clever writer. (June)
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Descripción Penguin Books Ltd, 2000. Estado de conservación: New. Adrian, a distinguished novelist seeking obscurity in a cottage near Gatwick and his friend Sam, a successful scriptwriter, want revenge on an interviewer who has just written a nasty profile of Sam. Naturally, it all goes completely wrong. *** Nota: EL COSTE DE ENVÍO A CANARIAS ES 8 euros. Si ha realizado un pedido con destino a CANARIAS no podemos hacer el envío con un coste de 3,5 euros . Nos pondremos en contacto con usted para comunicar el coste total del envío a Canarias y si está de acuerdo, Abebooks le efectuará el cargo adicional. Nº de ref. de la librería 696388
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