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Paradise News

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,386 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Agnostic theologian Bernard Walsh has a professional interest in heaven. But when he travels to Hawaii with his father, Jack, it is not in quest of a vacation paradise; it is to visit Jack's dying, estranged sister. The hand of fate and family tensions frustrate the planned reunion, however.
Published June 4th 1999 by Penguin Books, Limited (UK) (first published 1991)
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Julia Miele Rodas
I LOVE David Lodge. When Jack Hall first turned me on to Lodge's work, I very quickly ate through what seemed like most of his fiction--Nice Work (1988), Changing Places (1975), and Small World (1984)--with the greatest delight and voracity. Since then, I've been pecking away--The British Museum Is Falling Down (1965), Thinks (2001, which includes an autistic character), How Far Can You Go? (1980), Deaf Sentence (2008)--finding his novels second hand whenever I can, but since I seem to see the s ...more
Jun 17, 2010 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lodge, David. PARADISE NEWS. (1991). ****. Other than a slight drag in the middle of this story, it is an almost perfect novel. Lodge is a craftsman at marging the comic novel with an exploration of one or more of life’s serious concerns. In this novel, we meet Bernard Walsh, a part-time teacher of Theology at a small school in Rummidge, England. He gets word one day that his aunt, his father’s sister, is dying of cancer and would like to see family before she passes. She lives in Hawaii on the ...more
Lorenzo Berardi

What did I learn from Paradise News?
Several things.

Now I can nonchalantly use terms like "lei", "pupu" and "moo-moo" in any conversation about Hawaii. Not that I had or will have many.

Apropos, don't you have the impression that Hawaii are out of fashion? Personally I don't know anyone who went there. And even the fact of being the accidental birthplace of Barack Obama is not helping as much as it could.

Why don't I see any hula dancers parading in the English streets?
Where are the pale tourists
Brenda Clough
Nov 07, 2011 Brenda Clough rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A favorite novel of mine. In fact it has the same plot arc as many a romance novel: in which the protagonist starts out in a state of loneliness and dysfunction and, while traveling to an exciting new place, falls into disasters that somehow turn out well and end in love and happiness. Only, instead of a Regency heroine at her first London ball, the hero is an aging theology professor in modern Honolulu.
One of the skilfullnesses of this book is the way almost all the characters are well-intentio
Hannah Cook
Jan 28, 2015 Hannah Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love david lodge. Always a great easy read - funny and touching but also clever and interesting. Catholicism, Hawaii, death, romance - you can't lose.
James Sillwood
This is the story of Bernard, an academic theologian, who escorts his father, Jack, to Hawaii to visit his dying Aunt Ursula. This book is so funny, especially at the beginning when Bernard and his father, who has never flown, join their package tour group. The two of them are completely lost when removed from their familiar surroundings. The day after they arrive in Hawaii Bernard's father is hit by a car and taken to hospital. The story then tells of the developing relationship between Bernard ...more
Hilary Hicklin
Feb 12, 2014 Hilary Hicklin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A first-class novel with unexpected depths. How a trip to take his aged father to Hawaii to visit a dying aunt changes the life of Bernard Walsh. Some lovely insights, humour, and reflections on the place of religion in a secular world.
Lynn Kearney
Jun 18, 2009 Lynn Kearney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He's such a good writer, and so hilarious in his depiction of English "types" I forgive him his occasional lapse into sentimentality. A very good read, as always.
Adrian Firculescu
I got this book as a birthday gift from a very special person, so my review will probably be a little subjective regarding some of the book's aspects.

The story focuses around Bernard Walsh, a former Catholic priest, now a professor at a Catholic college in Rummidge, (a fictional city used by David Lodge in some of his novels) that is escorting his unwilling father Jack Walsh to Hawaii, in order to visit his cancer dying aunt, Ursula. Only one day after their arrival, Jack is hit by a car, and is
Emilia P
Feb 20, 2010 Emilia P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-books, churrrch
This book was at once quite surprising and not surprising at all.
It was a surprising mix of topics: really theological, life in Hawaii (though not capturing the spirit of the place entirely, doing a pretty good job of capturing the spirit of visiting and traveling), reflections on family, and finally a very late bloom into the wonders/dangers/importance of romantic love+sex.

It was not surprising because my dad gave it to me to read. After a visit to Hawai'i! Unfortunately, my visit avoided Wai
P.J. Young
I read David Lodge's Paradise News just before my husband and I embarked on a three week trip to Hawaii for our honeymoon. It couldn't have been a more confusing choice.

Although I secretly hoped to find postcard beaches, as I had already watched The Dependents, I was fully prepared for the rain, the grey suburbs behind the beaches and the fifteen microclimates. But Paradise News went in to so much more: the lazy, hazy malaise of the inhabitants of the islands; the strange mismatch of tourism and
Feb 11, 2013 chrisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hawaii
I really enjoyed this book! I picked it up on a whim when I was at a free bookstore a few weeks ago, and again I picked it up on a whim earlier in the week when I wanted something new to read. I'm glad I did, on both accounts, because it was a satisfying, fun, quick read. I was rooting for Bernard the whole book and it is so nice to have a narrator you can root for! I also really liked the varying format of the book; some plan narration, some journal entries, some letters, it was refreshing.

Cristina Coelho
Dec 24, 2012 Cristina Coelho rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Quem gostaria de visitar o Hawaii
Shelves: 2012
A história gira à volta de um grupo de turistas ingleses que vai para o Hawaii de férias em buscar do sossego e à procura do paraíso.

Embora vão sendo contados pequenos detalhes sobre o que vai ocorrendo com vários membros do grupo, o arco da história segue as aventuras de Bernard Walsh, teólogo ateu e ex-padre que viaja para o Hawaii com o pai, de forma poderem passar algum tempo com a tia que aí vive, que se encontra em fase terminal e que já não se vêem há muitos anos.

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I picked up this book because the story takes place in Hawaii. It tells of a journey a group of people take from England all the way to Oahu. Bernard is the main character and he along with his not so willing father are taking this trip not for pleasure but to grant a dying wish for Ursula, his aunt. Ursuala and "Daddy" (or Jack as he is rarely called) have been estranged for years, and she wants to reconnect with her brother before she succumbs to the cancer that is riddled throughout her body. ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Margo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
lent to me by a friend. Most enjoyable light reading with more serious undertones.I hadn't heard of him before. My friend wanted me to read it because of the comment about faith at the end: (I paraphrase from memory) In every believer's mind there is the nagging suspicion that he or she may be wrong, that it isn't true. And in every skeptic's mind there is the matching suspicion that maybe there is a God and that it matters.
Carolyn Mck
Bernard is an academic theologian who no longer believes in God – or paradise in any form. He takes his irascible father on a visit to Hawaii to visit a long lost sister who is now dying of cancer. This novel offers the usual brand of Lodge humour – wry, compassionate and often very funny. I enjoyed it but didn't think it as good as some of Lodge's previous novels which have been brilliantly comic.
Dec 02, 2009 M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The thing with Lodge is that I have a sort of love hate thing going as I read more and more of his work. He is sharp, witty and does clever things with narrative, and the while I am thinking, this is sharp, witty etc and yet so completely irritating. I guess at a certain point it feels like slapstick.
In this story he covers several (too many for me to keep track of or care about and therefore a lot of the humor got lost) people on holiday in Hawaii - I definitely got the feel for the place and a
Keno Goertz
Sep 28, 2014 Keno Goertz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would totally recommend this book.
"Paradise News" is very funny but also a novel to think about. The style of writing is awesome, especially in Part Two where you read a journal and some letters and also the character development is smooth. Just sometimes the novel was a bit boring but overall it's very good!
Aug 01, 2015 Wendela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a total random read, picked up from someone's bookshelf when I desperately needed a book - and I ended up loving it! Very different themes from what I usually read (religion?!) but I'm so glad I picked it up. Some of his writing and descriptions totally cracked me up.
Jan 12, 2012 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read several Lodge novels recently and this is the weakest, in part because the main character is so frustratingly half human, a man who is condemned by his own foolish choices and the best wishes of well meaning family to live only half a life. I knew that this was adding up to a story of a mid-life awakening, and I was rooting for him, but I could not sympathize with him much, and that made the novel drag a bit. But the last third of the book, with its redemptive love story, and its focus ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Lodge writes amazing books--his trilogy on academia in British/American academic circles are satirical and amusing. This particular story is exceptionally sweet as well.
Kristine Morris
I had never read David Lodge - never heard of him, but there was about 25 of his books for sale at the Vic College book sale, so I figured he must have a following. How can you not like Bernard Walsh, an agnostic theologian whose life is so boring and lonely that he grasps the chance of change by promising his aunt to bring his reluctant father all the way to Hawaii to visit her before she dies. While giving us an in-depth character study of Bernard, Lodge also lets us peek into the lives of oth ...more
Feb 19, 2015 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute classic, so well written with such believable characters. An all time favourite.
Kirsti Wilson
Jun 10, 2014 Kirsti Wilson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
I adore David lodge - clever, touching and funny. This left me with a warm low
Sep 29, 2015 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this comic novel, in part a package tour from England to Hawaii that throws some twelve strangers together, in part a reflection on travel, holidays, pilgrimage and paradise.The comic tone persists as the protagonist,Bernard, an agnostic former priest, confronts his past failures and fear of intimacy.Multiple subplots keep the action going as the novel follows Bernard's inner journey. No answers, but wonderful searches for faith and love. I reviewed this book for the website, Catholic fict ...more
Jan 27, 2015 Isobel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite - so much humanity in this book
May 25, 2015 Rosite rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites.. so sweet
Jul 27, 2014 Payal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nothing extraordinary
Sep 27, 2007 Trin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, english-lit
Another delightful David Lodge book. The paradise of the title is two-fold: the tropical, Hawaiian variety, and the kind where you get to meet the man upstairs. I think I’ve run out of ways to express how Lodge is such a funny, interesting, dynamic writer. If you like books containing academic humor or featuring somewhat sorry smart people, you should just read him. This book is a nice stand-alone; I can’t decide if it’s a better entry point to his work than Changing Places or not. Oh, whatever ...more
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Professor David Lodge is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of University College London. He is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, where he taught from 1960 until 1987, when he retired to write full-time.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, was Chairman of the Judges for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1989, and is the author of numerous works of li
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