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A Man of Parts by David Lodge – review | Books | The Guardian
Apr 9, 2011 novel is an intimate portrait of HG Wells.

It offers a record of events whose importance consists in the fact that they happened rather than in the patterning of a larger truth. On the last night of his visit to Russia in 1920, Wells is allowed for the first time into the bed of Nick Clegg’s great-great-aunt Moura: “She murmured incomprehensible but exciting Russian words and phrases as she reached her climax and he released the pent seed of three weeks’ abstinence into a sheath he had prudently brought with him from England. We meet him as an elderly has-been with just two years left to live, brooding on his prospective obituaries and being provoked by a disembodied voice which is “sometimes… friendly, sometimes challenging, sometimes neutrally inquiring” into long conversations with himself about his life, about what really happened, when and why.

Generically, but for its length, resembles a profile or interview in the better sort of broadsheet. H G Wells, relentless seducer of women and fat-cat hack, is the subject of David Lodge’s new novel, A Man of Parts. This is the voice of a novelist “both like and unlike himself in earlier years when he wrote quasi-autobiographical novels.

Less grounded novelists would let their imagination run away with them but Lodge remains scrupulous and scholarly. He was not the most alluring of men: small (5ft 5in), fattish, domineering and opinionated. But sympathy is no guarantee of success: you also need narrative drive.

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    Wells himself never foregoes the fray for the sake of his art. I lose count after it gets into double figures") but he cuts an increasingly isolated figure. The drawback is that, until you do, you can't be sure what's factual and what's invented.

    But, asks Claudia FitzHerbert, does it fail as fiction? David Lodge has given us a biographical novel about H G Wells that treats mainly of his period of greatest influence and mischief – between the publication of In between these two came several more scientific romances, followed by a series of autobiographical novels that covered his escape from humble beginnings, his free love experiments (“triangular mutuality”), his immersion in and flight from Fabian politics. Moreover, the questions – easy full tosses at first – gradually get tougher, with Wells forced to confront his failures. If history is (in Alan Bennett's phrase) one fucking thing after another, the risk in writing Wells's history is that it will become one fucking fuck after another.

    Lodge’s neutral tone of inquiry is consummately professional, as it surveys Wells’s arrival at the literary pinnacle where he continued to be published while ceasing to be read. No less important an endowment was his boundless enthusiasm. Yet in many ways the fact that Wells, unlike Henry James, has gone from being the prophet of his age to an Edwardian curiosity, makes him the more suitable case for Lodge’s highly readable, if two-dimensional, treatment. He liked to make love in the open air, and once did so (with Von Arnim) on top of the Correspondence page of the Times, above a letter denouncing West.

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