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Hodge goes Hawaii
on 27 June 2009
This is a clever and funny tale of a socially awkward, disenchanted theologian on a mercy visit to his dying aunt in far off Hawaii. Funds being short,the most economical way of getting there is with his old dad on a package deal and herein lies a lot of the humour as we meet the very typical fellow package holiday travelers. We can easily recognise them all: The constant complainers, the loud mouth boasters, the merry drinkers etc. etc. The descriptions are so very apt and highly amusing.
There is also a more serious aspect with inter family, strained relationships and Bernard, the main character's, struggle with his beliefs and fear of physical contact with women and how to resolve them.
I have found some of Mr.Lodge's pontificating on the Catholic church's teachings hard going in some of his other work e.g. How Far Can You Go and here he again touches on this , but it is a much lighter touch. All in all this is an uplifting happy experience as the story unfolds.
By the way David Lodge is not about to win any laurels from the Hawaii tourist board!