Given that it was written 70 years ago this shouldn't come as a surprise, but nevertheless it's not a book I'd encourage my daughters to read, at least not until they are old enough to snort in scorn at some of the motivations. I gather no one reads Nevil Shute any more, which at first seems odd, given how obsessed we are with the Second World War as our national foundation myth. It's got romance, but it's subtle and gentle enough for my I-can't-really-abide-romance sensibilities. He, with his 15 months of experience, is considered one of the old timers and certainly one of the very lucky few. For some reason, the Kindle versions are ridiculously expensive, so I may actually have to pick them up in gasp paper. While Jerry risks his life, his sweetheart Mona sets about clearing her lover's name.
The hero and heroine meet while both are prisoners of the Japanese in Malaya now Malaysia. Many of the stories are introduced by a narrator who is not a character in the story. It's a time machine back to the time that the Greatest Generation were young. Engineering details are peppered throughout. He also developed the , an anti-submarine missile with a fluted cast iron head. He spends a lot of time setting the story and characters up with a lot of detail that modern readers might find tedious and a little boring. Not so much military action, but life on the base in England between the missions.
A square, tight, sound copy; no previous names or inscriptions. Shute's final work was published more than 40 years after his death. Despite that scene, the book is for the most part what it says it is a pastoral. This one has a chance to heal in a very hopeful way. There he was a head of engineering, working on secret weapons such as , a job that appealed to the engineer in him.
I suppose this is a little spoilery, but someone, who we can surmise is the author, steps into the story for the last scene. All books described honestly and accurately. On the other hand, the author would probably love how the song is sung. In 1931, with the cancellation of the R100 project, Shute teamed up with the talented de Havilland trained designer to found the aircraft construction company. She notices him in turn, and the traditional courtship ritual is on: advances, retreats, pauses, moments of passionate emotion — following its normal course though sudden and violent death stands ever in the wings. I was so happy to discover a couple of years ago that Vintage were reprinting all of Nevil Shute's books.
Melbourne, Australia, is the only area whose citizens have not yet succumbed to the contamination. Having the simplicity, charm, serenity or other characteristics generally attributed to rural areas. Peter's work has him flying bomber missions over Germany. Gervase, who is made of sterner stuff than I, just wipes off her mouth and gets back to work. Perhaps that's what makes it so lifelike. Peter Marshall is captain of one of these crews, a veteran of 22 with more than 40 missions under his belt. This book is not quite up to the same level as that one, but nevertheless, I found it most enjoyable.
I gave it to family members for Christmas. Not surprisingly, Gervase refuses him. From United Kingdom to U. A rich banker revives a town economically with a shipbuilding company through questionable financial dealings. His knowledge gives the description of flying and life at the airbase authenticity. In The Tender Ship, engineer and professor used Shute's account of the R100 and R101 as a primary illustration of his thesis that governments are usually incompetent managers of technology projects. Thanks for the reminder and I will have to move him up my list.
Muller was one of the best narrators every to read a recorded book. Usually, like himself, they had enjoyed the privilege of university, not then within the purview of the lower classes. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet. It should come as no surprise that his work is beginning to pass the test-of-time. Just be prepared to read a lot of scenes about fishing.
She likes the fish, and gets Peter to show her where he caught it. The romantic aspect touches deeply a part of human nature many of us have experienced. My only quibble would be some mild language throughout, some of a distinctly British variety—that's the funny thing about being an American reading a British novel; sometimes you're never quite sure if someone is swearing or not. If there is one thing he does not do it is to jump right into the action. His career suffers a setback when he is thought to have sunk a British submarine in error, but he is vindicated. Written nearly 60 years ago, Pastoral holds up surprisingly well.
The action of the flights is fast paced and pulls you right in. The crews were all very, very young. As the conflict grows closer, the roads become impassable and Howard also comes across five more children who need his help. Howard must try to escape back to England with the two small children of some friends who are forced to stay behind in order to help the Allied war effort. Both young people are serious-minded in their personal attitudes towards their emotional investments in each other and, also, their predictably urgent sexual desires.
She even agrees to eat some of it for dinner. According to Dan Telfair in the foreword of the 2002 edition, some of the themes in The Seafarers and Blind Understanding were used in Shute's 1955 novel. Second British printing, October 1944 first printing was September 1944. Pages are generally clean and the binding is tight. After that he averaged one novel every two years through the 1950s, with the exception of a six-year hiatus while he was establishing his own aircraft construction company, Airspeed Ltd. Pages and binding are presentable with no major defects. After his carelessness nearly costs him and his crew their lives, Gervase agrees to a month-long trial period during which she will make up her mind one way or another.