Nice Work Author:David Lodge Vic Wilcox is the managing director of an engineering firm, a shaky subsidiary of a huge conglomerate. A self-made man, Vic has little regard for academics, and even less for feminists. Robyn Penrose, on temporary appointment at the local university, specializes in the industrial novels of the nineteenth century. She's for deconstructionism, aga... more »inst capitalism, and has never seen the inside of a factory. To the dismay of both, they are thrown together when Robyn is assigned to "shadow" Vic under a government program created to foster mutual understanding between town and gown.
The hilarious collision of their lifestyles and ideologies, motives and methods, seems unlikely to contribute to the betterment of society -- or to either one's peace of mind. But in the course of a bumpy year, both parties make some surprising discoveries about each other's worlds -- and about themselves.« less
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