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Lodge, D. (1985). Small world: An academic romance. Harmondsworth (Middlesex): Penguin Books. 
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Resource type: Book
ID no. (ISBN etc.): ISBN : 0-14-007265-9
BibTeX citation key: Lodge1985
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Categories: Littérature
Creators: Lodge
Publisher: Penguin Books (Harmondsworth (Middlesex))
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Notes
Il est né le 28 janvier 1935 à Brockley dans le sud de Londres. Voir
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lodge,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lodge_(author).
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Section prologue   WHEN April with its sweet showers has pierced the drought of March to the root, and bathed every vein of earth with that liquid by whose power the flowers are engendered; when the zephyr, too, with its dulcet breath, has breathed life into the tender new shoots in every copse and on every heath, and the young sun has run half his course in the sign of the Ram, and the little birds that sleep all night with their eyes open give song (so Nature prompts them in their hearts), then, as the poet Geoffrey Chaucer observed many years ago, folk long to go on pilgrimages. Only, these days, professional people call them conferences.
     The modem conference resembles the pilgrimage of medieval Christendom in that it allows the participants to indulge themselves in all the pleasures and diversions of travel while appearing to be austerely bent on self-improvement. To be sure, there are certain penitential exercises to be performed — the presentation of a paper, perhaps, and certainly listening to the papers of others. But with this excuse you journey to new and interesting places, meet new and interesting people, and form new and interesting relationships with them; exchange gossip and confidences (for your well-worn stories are fresh to them, and vice versa); eat, drink and make merry in their company every evening; and yet, at the end of it all, return home with an enhanced reputation for seriousness of mind. Today’s conferees have an additional advantage over the pilgrims of old in that their expenses are usually paid, or at least subsidised, by the institution to which they belong, be it a government department, a commercial firm, or, most commonly perhaps, a university.   Added by: Dominique Meeùs
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