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Out of the Shelter

by David Lodge

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In 1951, 16 year-old Timothy, the very embodiment of repressed Catholic adolescence, visits his sister in occupied Germany. She is working for the American army, and is able to introduce him to a lifestyle of hedonism that is a far cry from the rationing still in place back home. Timothy bumbles along in this mystifying new world, looking up women’s skirts, consuming ice cream sodas on an industrial scale, and managing to get himself locked in the cupboard in a women-only hostel. Such events combined pleasingly with an intelligent narrative about the contrasting fortunes of the participants in WWII. It was strange to read a book by this author that didn’t contain university professors, and which didn’t centre around literature (though some literature criticism found its way in) and it proves he can produce enjoyable, thought provoking work on other subjects too. ( )
  jayne_charles | May 6, 2012 |
Quatrième roman de l'auteur. Pendant l'été de 1951, le double de l'auteur, Timothy, un Anglais de seize ans, se rend en vacances chez sa soeur qui travaille en Allemagne pour l'armée américaine. Selon l'éditeur, il s'agit d'un roman d'apprentissage et d'un roman international écrit sur le modèle de ##Dedalus## (Joyce) et sur celui des ##Ambassadeurs## (James). L'auteur est tout à fait à l'aise dans les épisodes relatant les premiers jeux de séduction auxquels participe le héros. Le contexte historique est bien reconstitué. Introduction, p. 9-19, écrite par l'auteur, en 1993, pour la traduction française du texte anglais de l'édition révisée de 1985.
  PierreYvesMERCIER | Feb 19, 2012 |
Very evocative of England during and immediately after WWII, seen through the eyes of a young boy. The novel becomes a little didactic, and loses some its charm and plausibility towards the end. The epilogue was not a good idea. However, still an enjoyable read. ( )
  janglen | Oct 28, 2009 |
25 May 2009 - from Julie & Barry when they moved away

Hooray - I haven't gone off The Novel. This is a classic Lodge; I'm not sure if I've read it before but it stood up to a re-reading if I have. An early Lodge, before he got into literay theory and displays of brilliance and humour, it takes Timothy, an ordinary boy growing up during WWII in the privations of South London and pops him into post-war American society in Heidelburg, courtesy of his glamourous older sister. A coming of age novel, we suffer through travelling, social events and Girls with him, seeing everything through his eyes; but it's also a powerful evocation of an interesting time, with a sensitive hero who has a lot to think about in the Germany he sees around him and in his imagination, as well as the more day to day events.

This is a reissue from 1984 and there's an interesting appendix by Lodge about the writing, original publishing and reissuing processes. ( )
  LyzzyBee | Aug 9, 2009 |
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