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Paradise News by David Lodge
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Dec 02, 09

Read in December, 2009

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 appreciated the irony or at least incongruity of the main guy we follow being there to see a dying aunt who got the cheapest deal by getting an inclusive package - and this was for the most part enjoyable - but at times it was simply over the top - I guess he is not entirely my taste - though he is readable enough that I like falling back on him - one more of his from my library stack ...

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