David Lodge’s new novel is a moving, funny and masterful look at the life of H.G. Wells. Sitting in his blitz-battered Regent’s Park house in 1944, the ailing Herbert George Wells looks back on a life crowded with incident, books, and women.
Has it been a success or a failure? Once he was the most famous writer in the world, ‘the man who invented tomorrow’; now he feels like yesterday’s man, deserted by readers and depressed by the collapse of his utopian dreams.
A Man of Parts is an astonishing novel, depicting a man as contradictory as he was talented.