A Man of Parts: A Novel by David Lodge

By David Lodge

A riveting novel in regards to the amazing life-and many loves-of writer H. G. Wells.

H. G. Wells, writer of The Time desktop and conflict of the Worlds, was once one of many 20th century's so much prophetic and artistic writers, a guy who immersed himself in socialist politics and unfastened love, whose meteoric upward push to popularity introduced him into touch with an important literary, highbrow, and political figures of his time, yet who in later years felt more and more overlooked and dissatisfied in his personal utopian visions. Novelist and critic David resort has taken the compelling real tale of Wells's lifestyles and remodeled it right into a witty and deeply relocating narrative a few interesting but unsuitable man.

Wells had sexual family with innumerable ladies in his lifetime, yet in 1944, as he reveals himself loss of life, he returns to the thoughts of a decide upon team of better halves and mistresses, together with the bright younger pupil Amber Reeves and the proficient author Rebecca West. As he studies his specialist, political, and romantic successes and screw ups, it's via his thoughts of those girls that he involves comprehend himself. Eloquent, horny, and smooth, the radical is an artfully composed portrait of Wells's amazing lifestyles, with vibrant glimpses of its turbulent old heritage, by means of one among England's Most worthy and well known writers.

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Elle paraissait estomaquée, mais comme d’habitude toutes les femmes, incapable de résister au charme maniéré de l’avocat qui vivait ainsi avec un petit harem composé d’une fille de la bonne société, Sophie, d’une ex-hôtesse du demi-monde, Souên (une Eurasienne) et de Moune, une gamine horripilante dont j’avais presque autant horreur que d’un quart Vichy. Et je me replongeai dans les palpitantes aventures de la dame Fouillard dans la rue de la Scellerie. * Une heure pile après, ayant remis ma copie à un rédac-chef méprisant, plaisanté avec les derniers typos – nous allions, lot commun, vers le nivellement par l’offset – et humilié assez bassement le pigiste prétentieux, je me dirigeai en boitant par la rue du Commissariat à la République (autre nom de la rue de l’Hôtel du Département où était sise « La Répu du Valoire », naguère rue de la Préfecture, mais c’était trop compliqué…), faisant sonner le bitume de ma canne en jonc, cadeau de mon grand-père, un des survivants de la grande épopée taxie russe à Paris.

Téléphone ! cria le bistrot après l’avoir décroché, au coin du zinc. Machin, c’est pour toi, ton canard… — Encore une bébête à sa mémère, plaisantai-je en essayant d’extirper mon ventre coincé entre la banquette et la table, faisant tomber ma canne, le cendrier et les clés de voiture de Pascal. Je reviens… C’était mon rédac-chef qui, pour une question de zèle, faisait encore du rab de nuit à son bureau. Il aboya à mes oreilles une information que notre contact flic stipendié venait de lui transmettre et m’enjoignit de me manier le train à m’en occuper, le photographe devant me rejoindre sur place.

Pas grand monde, répondit-elle en sirotant son thé menthé. Elle était très acariâtre, souvent ivre. Les enfants la craignaient comme une sorcière et les animaux ne s’approchaient jamais d’elle (on sentait quel reproche elle mettait dans cette dernière constatation…). Quelques autres anciennes marchandes des Halles, peut-être. Elle injuriait les locataires de l’immeuble (situé à l’entrée de la cour) et elle avait essayé de me faire expulser à cause des animaux. Mais je suis propriétaire, comme elle… elle l’était, et j’ai tenu bon.

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