- Out of the Shelter
Out of the Shelter
Author(s) David Lodge Country United Kingdom Language English Genre(s) Novel Publisher Macmillan Publication date 1970 Media type Print (Hardback, Paperback)
The story tells a child's experience in the Blitz during World War II and his rescue from an air-raid shelter. Suffering from a wartime childhood and post-war shortages in London, Timothy has little to enrich his early youth. Everything changes when his glamorous older sister Kath invites him to spend the summer in Heidelberg, Germany. Kath, who left home long ago to work for the American Army, introduces her sixteen-year-old brother to a lifestyle that is deliriously fast, furious and extravagant. Dazzled by the ingulgent habits of the American forces, but at the same time sensitive to the broken spirit of the German community beneath this sparkling surface, Timothy will find that his summer holiday is in more ways than one an unforgettable rite of passage.
The most autobiographical of Lodge's novels, it reflects the author's own rite of passage in Heidelberg. The naive tone of the narration alters as the hero matures.
In the afterword to the 1984 edition, Lodge explains the novel's origins, as well as the horrific problems with the earlier edition.
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