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    David Lodge(Author)

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Bernard Walsh, agnostic theologian, has a professional interest in heaven. But when he travels to Hawaii with his reluctant father Jack, to visit Jack's dying, estranged sister it feels more like purgatory than paradise.

Surrounded by quarrelling honeymooners, a freeloading anthropologist and assorted tourists in search of their own personal paradise, and with his father whisked off to hospital after an unfortunateaccident, Bernard is beginning to regret ever coming to Haiwaii. Until, that is, he stumbles on something he had given up hope of finding: the astonishing possibility of love.

"Extremely funny and sharply perceptive" (Evening Standard)"The poignant personal relations and the Hawaiian way of life are recorded with the sardonic perception of a latter-day Evelyn Waugh" (Spectator)"Further proof that Lodge is master of subtle scintillating satire" (Daily Mail)"Amusing, accessible, intelligent" (Financial Times)

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  • PDF | 304 pages
  • David Lodge(Author)
  • Vintage (7 April 2011)
  • English
  • 4
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  • By Kathleen H. Brown on 21 March 2017

    I liked his ironic take on the difficulty of theology....the references were very much in keeping with my own doubts and scathing opinion of organised religion.

  • By Mrs. S. R. Wray on 11 March 2010

    My book group read Deaf Sentence, by David Lodge, who I'd never heard of before, and I really liked it, so when I saw this book (Paradise News) in a charity shop I snapped it up, and it was a pound well spent! I found the book laugh out loud funny, without being silly and annoying as some 'comedy' writing is. I totally identified with the main character, even though he's a single man and I'm a married woman.Lodge's writing is full of emotional depth without being bogged down with it and his plots are interesting enough to keep his great characters busy while we get to know them. I liked the little cast of extras in this one who gave us funny moments to allow us to take a breather from the deeper sadder part of Bernard's story.I love it when I find a new writer as good as this (I know David Lodge is not new, I mean new to me) and I'm so glad that the second book I read by him was as least as enjoyable as the first. Now I want to read everything the man has ever written .

  • By [email protected] on 22 March 2001

    Bernard Walsh missed out on his childhood and adolescence because he was destined to become a Catholic Priest - a vocation he could not fulfill. The reader shares Bernard's voyage of discovery, which David Lodge describes with humour, great warmth and human insight. I felt privileged to feel his pain, empathise with his self-doubt, join in with his joy and wonder about his future.

  • By George Stevenson on 27 June 2013

    This is a well-written and interesting book in which I unexpectedly found some useful personal enlightenment. What I didn't find was "humour" and "satire" so the comparison with Waugh doesn't stand up. A minor, but exceptionally irritating, thing was a grown man - and an Irishman (by descent) at that - calling his parents Mummy and Daddy. To be fair, however, I feel there was enough of something there to maybe justify four stars.

  • By C. JONES on 19 July 2016

    I've enjoyed other Lodge novels in the past (e.g.Nice Work) and started this with high hopes. The premise of a group of Brits en route for Hawaii, taking with them their various crises and private conflicts was encouraging, but sadly reading on the novel seemed to lose direction. I persevered and admit to wanting to finish the story, but it did feel at times that DL was struggling to take it forward. Digressions into theology seem rather to hold the story up than illuminate it, and also the main character interrupting his diary of events to tell his life story was uncharacteristically frustrating. I'd read another, but hope for better things.


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