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This novel, written in 1958, will carry Anglos born before 1950 into social values and moral values of a bygone age. It may seem dated or even unbelievable to younger readers, but the values and morals of this age did exist.
The story is engaging and well read. The tangled storyline I found a little confusing as I listened but not less interesting because of it. As I listened, I thought that Shute was probably not at his best in this book. However, at the end Shute pulls the tangled threads into a coherent plot and resolution.
The story seems a little more contrived that other Shute novels, but it does work.
I debated giving this a 5 star but settled on 4 as this is a very good story but not the masterpiece of Shute's "A Town Like Alice".
I liked the reader, but the halting style might bother some. Best to listen to the sample.
This makes me wish to listen to more Shute novels which I think were recently added to Audible.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Many yers ago I started reading Nevil Shute's books and have therefore enjoyed them for fifty years. This one somehow slipped thro my reading list so it was with great pleasure that I was able to hear it. The story has 'dated' slightly but is all the more pleasurable for it. The narration was superb and made the most of a great story. Not to be missed.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I am a fan of Nevil Shute because he is a master story teller. However, although it was very good, this book did not really tick all of the boxes for me. There were two issues. First, the story was a little to prosaic for me, which is really more a reflection of my own tastes than a criticism of the author, as I normally go for who-done-it mysteries that require more suspension of disbelief than necessary with this book. Second, I found the changes between the two central characters were sometimes a bit 'clunky'. Nevertheless it was a well written book and if you like 'realistic' stories that follow peoples lives and their experiences. And if you are interested in books that give sharp insights into the values and social norms during the first half of the 20th century then you will probably like this.