is a comedy of manners set in a provincial English university.
Its core is a romantic pas de deux
between Ralph Messenger, womaniser
and head of the Centre for Cognitive Science, and Helen Reed, a recently
widowed novelist doing a stint teaching creative writing. The result
is fun but not substantial: even with accompanying revelations and
complications the romance is a slender basis for the novel, while Lodge's
attempts to flesh it out are strained. Some discussions of philosophy of
mind (consciousness and qualia) are intelligently done and some pieces
produced by Helen's students (parodying leading British novelists)
are entertaining, but none of them really contribute to the central
story — they are, as it were, "epiphenomenal". And cancer and child
pornography have awkward bit parts. Also, while Thinks...
consists of journal entries by and email between the two protagonists,
it lapses a little jarringly into omniscient narration towards the end.
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%A Lodge, David
%I Secker and Warburg
%G ISBN 0436280132