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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (416 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Lodge Narrator: Christopher Kay Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN:
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In David Lodge's last novel, Thinks..., the novelist Henry James was invisibly present in quotation and allusion. In Author, Author he is centre stage, sometimes literally. The story begins in December 1915, with the dying author surrounded by his relatives and servants, most of whom have private anxieties of their own, then loops back to the 1880s, to chart the course of Henry's 'middle years', focusing particularly on his friendship with the genial Punch artist and illustrator, George Du Maurier.

By the end of the decade Henry is seriously worried by the failure of his books to 'sell', and decides to try and achieve fame and fortune as a playwright, at the same time that George Du Maurier, whose sight is failing, diversifies into writing novels. The consequences, for both men, are surprising, ironic, comic, and tragic.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 eb | 2/16/2014

    " Poor David Lodge. What are the odds he'd find himself pitted against Colm Toibin in the battle of lightly fictionalized accounts of Henry James's life? Lodge falls woefully short; Toibin is more insightful, more sympathetic, and far more skilled, which makes him the closer kindred spirit to James. I like Lodge's work a lot, but found myself almost bristling as I read Author, Author, and wanting to know what on earth gave Lodge the idea he could understand a master like James, much less get in his head and speculate about his thoughts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 1/27/2014

    " Reviewed for the Chronicle and PW -- as much as I like Lodge (and I love Lodge), this is not one of his best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/23/2014

    " Sometimes the relief of not reading HJ was broken by an extreme Jamesion quality, at which point I felt I might as well be reading _The Bostonians_ again. David Lodge is amusing and entertaining. This is an interesting blend of fiction, historical personages, and light forays into literary theory. In the future however, I think I'll avoid DL's historic fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 1/22/2014

    " "Author, Author" is a fascinating, if fictionalized, look at the great Henry James, presented here as a very human author who is concerned not only with his art, but with such mundane things as money, his reputation, and the true feelings of his friends. The story(ies) here is James's failed attempts to write for the stage, and his friendship with George DuMarrier, which is somewhat shadowed by Henry's jealousy of his friend's unprecedented success. Complex and finely drawn, Lodge's book reminds us of the human faces hidden behind the work and repute of artists. This is an excellent book, well-written in a fine period style. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie Mulholland | 1/16/2014

    " David Lodge is a personal favourite, and this recent novel did not disappoint. Not written in the spirit of Small World, it is nevertheless very satisfying. The business of writing and publishing is a backdrop for the story of Henry James and his friendship with DuMaurier, an acclaimed illustrator for Punch. That's all I'll say about that because any more information and the scenes at the end would be compromised. I missed the characters of this one when I closed the cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mosey | 1/14/2014

    " After slow start became completely engrossed. So many layers and characterisations. Gripping and stayed with me long after the last page. Thank you David lodge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Henrique | 12/21/2013

    " An amazing fictional work based on Henry James life. Incredible consistent from the beginning to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delphine | 12/17/2013

    " A moment in the life of Henry James. Interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nose in a book (Kate) | 12/8/2013

    " Intriguing. Lodge clearly reveres Henry James to the verge of hero worship, but this is well researched and well written, invoking more than a little pathos for the man behind all those books I was forced to read at uni. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 11/25/2013

    " This book spurred my interest in Henry James. The writing is precise and sentences are nicely crafted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Marie | 8/2/2013

    " HILARIOUS, esp. if you are an English major who's spent way way way too much time in an English Dept. I am haunted by the image of Hamlet, the bulldog, as he decides where and when to do his business... deciding... deciding... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amyhoff | 7/30/2013

    " meh... not as novel-y as I was hoping for. I struggled to finish this. It seemed like Lodge felt constrained by the non-fictional aspects of it; not his usual screwball. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 6/11/2013

    " This book is part of the ultra-micro-niche of historical-slash-biographical "novels" about Henry James. See also Colm Toibin, The Master, which I liked better than Author Author - but this assessment is premature. UPDATE: Lame. Returned to the library. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca Nelson | 3/2/2013

    " Found this book to be very dull and a drag to get through. "

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About the Narrator

Christopher Kay began his performance career with an early start as both an actor and singer in theater. In time, he began to pursue broadcasting opportunities, including announcing, newsreading, audiobook narration, and presenting radio and television programs. He worked extensively for Granada, Yorkshire, and the BBC. During his distinguished career, he has earned eleven broadcasting awards and two AudioFile Earphones Awards. Born in Stockport, Cheshire, he now makes his residence in Clwydian Hills of North Wales.