A Man of Parts

  • by David Lodge
  • Narrated by Steven Crossley
  • 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sequestered in his blitz-battered house, the ailing H.G. Wells looks back on a life crowded with incident, books and women. Has it been a success or a failure? Arguing with himself about his conduct, he relives his relationships with two wives and many mistresses, especially the brilliant student Amber Reeves and the gifted writer Rebecca West, both of whom bore him children, with dramatic and long-lasting consequences.


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This book falls between historical fiction and biography. It is not entirely successful as either. Lodge sets out to tell us of the life and literature of H.G. Wells drawing on his published works, letters and biographies. Lodge warns us he uses literary license when depicting Wells' private conversations particularly with the myriad of lovers he enticed to his bed. The work, however, reads so much like scholarly biography at times that the reader has difficulty knowing if these love affairs are fact or fiction.

Lodge is at his best when focusing on the literary criticism of Wells' works or the evolution of his political philosophy. The book, however, becomes tedious as Lodge focuses on one torrid sexual exploit after another. In this respect, Lodge's H.G. Wells hardly comes off in a favorable light. Half way through I was thinking, " Okay, I get it, H.G. could not keep it in his pants." Readers will get their fill of sex in this book, but might scratch their heads wondering why some of Well's most famous works such as War of the Worlds and the Time Machine receive only a page or two .
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-07-2011
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks