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Paradise News Paperback – June 1, 1993
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-Suzanne C. Garrison-Terry, Dowling Coll. Lib., Oakdale, N.Y.
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The only strikes against this book are that it starts off a bit slow, focusing at first on characters you know will be minor. It picks up speed quickly enough, but the minor characters are perhaps not all they could be--a small concern really, when they are better than many writers would have managed. And the incest theme lacks punch. It may be a sad commentary on the cynicism and jaded sensibilities of my generation when one of us can say, "Ho hum, incest again", but that's the way it is. The incest serves its purpose in the novel, but that whole subplot just wasn't as interesting as the larger story of Bernard's renewal. And as that IS intersting, Paradise News is well worth reading.
Bernard's father is a disagreeable old man who is afraid of flying, but somehow, with the unexpected help of Bernard's scheming sister Tess, who is afraid of losing Ursula's fabled inheritance, he is convinced to go. Bernard lucks into a last-minute cancellation of a tourist package, getting the two of them a cheap flight, and more to the point of the book, allowing Lodge to portray a wide variety of English tourists, to a variety of comic effect. Some of the thematic center of the book is provided by an academic, an anthropologist of tourism, who has various cockeyed theories about the ritualistic place of tourism in human life, and who is much taken with the repeated motif of "Paradise" in the names of Hawaiian tourist traps. The other thematic center, of course, revolves around Bernard's own loss of faith, and the stories of his rigid Catholic upbringing, his seminary training, his years teaching, and his brief time as a parish priest.
In Hawaii, Bernard's father is almost immediately run down by a car. So Bernard's time is taken up with dealing with his father's hospitalization, and then with Aunt Ursula's situation, partly in a shabby nursing house, partly in hospital.Read more ›
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Thoughtful story but slow, very slow. There was a great deal of detail and very little action. I did enjoy how Lodge developed his characters and moved the protagonist toward... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Scott from Cincinnati
Such easy reading, I was sorry when it finished. Will now look for other David Lodge booksPublished 18 months ago by Dawnimac
As an aficionado of David Lodge, I was not disappointed ! very good story, albeit Hawaï would not be my first destination to go on holiday ! Read morePublished 20 months ago by christiane
I can't believe there are only 16 reviews for this book...if you like Nick Hornby for example, you'll love Lodge. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mickey
Simply excellent. Funny, intelligent, touching and insightful musings on religion and the cult of tourism. Lodge is a wonderful intelligent writer who can weave wit and erudition.Published on May 7, 2014 by John S.
I am very pleased to pick it up. The catholic priest background of the main character generates interesting approach to various features of our lives. Read morePublished on April 13, 2014 by Maciej PREUS
I just adore this book and can't believe it isn't better known. I re-read it every few years and it holds up beautifully. Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by KarenSantaFe
An astonishing work that covers so much territory so well. Just when you think that there is no salvation for the main character (after all, how can the non-believer believe? Read morePublished on October 1, 2010 by shelemm
I used to live in Honolulu, after that Nashville. It was and is so annoying to read those books that seem to have been written so an author--or would-be author could take a trip to... Read morePublished on November 30, 2009 by Amanda Peck