Here at FadedPage and our companion site , we pride ourselves on producing the best ebooks you can find. Perhaps the greatest success of the novel comes late in its story, when Mollie learns of Stanton's secret: how, as a wild teenager, he and best friend Chuck Sheraton's pot-and-beer-fueled partying resulted in a high-speed car crash and the death of Chuck's girlfriend. He finished the war with the rank of lieutenant commander in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserves. Red cloth covers with gilt titles to spine. This book was good, you really get a sense of what life was like in northwest Australia not quite a century ago. Hard-drinking, hard-working pioneers out in the sticks trying to make the best of it.
He worked as an aeronautical engineer and published his first novel, Marazan, in 1926. It is not a sappy love story though - rather it deals with the trials, misunderstandings and controversy that are inherent in close relationships between people who physically come from worlds apart. Bound in green cloth which has a few faint moisture marks on upper board, name and date, in pencil, on front free endpaper, otherwise and clean, fairly tight book. He used Nevil Shute as his pen name, and his full name in his engineering career, in order to protect his engineering career from any potential negative publicity in connection with his novels. Indeed, Shute is rather biting in his implicit critique of modern American society's hypocrisy. These aren't that type of book.
Shute's father, Arthur Hamilton Norway, became head of the Post Office in Ireland before the First World War and was based at the main post office in Dublin in 1916 at the time of the. The way the author explored the notion of how different cultures judge outsiders made for a terrific read and some pretty humorous situations. Recently in Arabia, he has a month vacation at home in Oregon before he is sent to Western Australia to check out a very remote site for the possibility of oil. Do keep this in mind. Good story, not Shute's best but even that is still worth the read. Knowing about this tragic occurrence, you can pretty much guess the fate of all the characters as soon as they're introduced.
While out there he befriends the unconventional Regan family and falls in love with the daughter Mollie. This necessitated his leaving his much-loved, small hometown in eastern Oregon. It was a real surprise to read this final novel and thoroughly enjoy it. Ronnie Clarke, who was trained by Pascoe, endeavours to fly a doctor in to help but this proves more difficult than he imagined. A tight, clean and unmarked copy. I don't usually summarise a book in a review. So the point of the book is to contrast the soul-less, almost Teutonic Americans with the warmer and more soulful Australians Shute himself was a Brit, emigrated to Australia, and very much flying the Southern Cross flag here.
But the memory of the authors other works was not disappointed. From United Kingdom to U. Nevil Shute Norway was a popular British novelist and a successful aeronautical engineer. Shute lived a comfortable middle-class English life. Previous owner's name on front endpaper. A Town Like Alice was adapted and serialized for , and was broadcast on in 1997 starring , , and. This is a surprisingly good book; it's very much a period piece now, so also valuable in letting you see what someone writing in the mid-fifties and in his own mid-fifties thought of both America and Australia at the time.
I read all of Shute's books when I was a teenager, however this one was missing from the set. He does a beautiful job of examining not only the physical aspects of Australia, but the cultural differences between people that, initially, look so very similar. Shute does this by including elements that can be considered fantasy or science fiction in novels are classified as mainstream. If somewhere is 'beyond the black stump' it means it is in the deepest darkest wilds of the Australian outback. Twenty-four of his novels and novellas have been published.
Please be clear in your message, if you are referring to the information found on this web page; or the contents of the book. However, when Mollie travels to America to visit him the couple realise that their differences in background make their plans for a future together hard to realise. Shute's Australian experiences for setting and characterizations, both of which are up to his usual standard in this book. Indeed, the Australians are impressed by the sleek efficiency and technology of the Americans' camp. He is befriended by a local farming family, the Regans, and develops a relationship with their daughter Mollie. Laird is a strait-laced American geological engineer who arrives to survey for oil.
The last line is particularly beautiful. As a English immigrant to Australia at the time, he has a talent for capturing the sensibilities and curiosities of Australia of the time, and expresses a true fondness for his new country, often in comparison to an England he saw as deteriorating. I read this as a senior in high school and was fascinated by Australia when I did. They had two daughters, Heather and Shirley. Topex has been granted exploration rights on Laragh Station, owned by the Regan brothers. In many of Shute's books I think he likes to explore the relationships between people of different races but in this book oh it's hard to stomach his references to the people of color. There isn't a lot of action.