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Books, Journals, New Media
July 10, 2002

Fiction: Thinks . . .

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2002;288(2):252-253. doi:10.1001/jama.288.2.252-JBK0710-4-1

The other day, my seven year-old son Aden asked me what the difference was between the mind and the brain. By the greatest of coincidences, I was midway through this most entertaining novel, which tries mightily, but ultimately fails of course, to supply us with a pat response.

For any academic who has not read Lodge's novels, I would highly recommend his work. David Lodge, an English professor apparently quite well thought of as a serious scholar in his own field, also possesses the knack of story telling. The other two of his novels which I read some years ago, Changing Places and Nice Work, mercilessly lampoon the overweening pride, lust, vainglory, and power hunger of the successful academic. His characters comprise hilarious and instantly recognizable, if somewhat exaggerated, archetypes.