Search Results: "Nevil Shute"


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SLIDE RULE by Nevil Shute
Released: May 19, 1954

"A segment of aviation history, rather than a personal story of a popular novelist."
This might better be defined as a chapter in autobiography, for here is the Nevil Shute (Norway) occasionally glimpsed in some of his novels, as aeronautical engineer, and virtually only that. Read full book review >

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PIED PIPER by Nevil Shute
Released: Jan. 5, 1941

"What a picture of refugee glutted roads, of German dive bombers, of terror — and yet of the sentimental weak spot that exposes even the most hardened to the appeal of sheer goodness."
A compact, realistic story, achieving somewhat the effect Nathan strived for in his last novel, They Went on Together. Read full book review >

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ROUND THE BEND by Nevil Shute
Released: Jan. 31, 1950

"At times difficult, at times technical, at times distasteful to those who pigeonhole religion as apart from daily life- there is nonetheless that emphasis on seeking spiritual values which is a trend in modern fiction not to be overlooked."
Another straw in the wind suggesting a new trend in novels of spiritual import. Read full book review >

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THE RAINBOW AND THE ROSE by Nevil Shute
Released: Oct. 22, 1958

"The flying aspects are perhaps the beat part of the book."
A story told on two levels of perception and the reader- an in some of Shute's other books- is called on to accept a shift of personality, an acutely aware extra sensory perception. Read full book review >

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LANDFALL by Nevil Shute
Released: June 15, 1940

"Is a reluctant public ready for it?"
Shute once again making hay while the bombs fall in a story of topical terror, war over England. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN MORRIS by Nevil Shute
Released: Sept. 11, 1961

"Shute, in these early writings, shows a gift for combining his major factual interest with a sense of character, but the plot aspects seem somewhat immature, though the subject matter sustains the interest."
While posthumously published, Stephen Morris actually brings together two early, short novels, never before published. Read full book review >

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MOST SECRET by Nevil Shute
Released: Oct. 17, 1945

"A good yarn, nonetheless."
Thoroughly good reading, but not as widely appealing a book as Pastoral or Pied Piper, perhaps because, in cross sectioning a group of characters he does not cut quite as deeply into emotional levels as he was able to do in his greater concentration on individuals in these most popular of his books. Read full book review >

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AN OLD CAPTIVITY by Nevil Shute
Released: Feb. 21, 1940

"He shows no growth in mastery of his craft, but he spins a good enough yarn."
If this story were told in straightforward fashion, it would be a readable yarn, good adventure, good romance. Read full book review >

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PASTORAL by Nevil Shute
Released: Aug. 25, 1944

"Surely popular."
Nevil Shute has a gift for humanizing even the grimness of war, for sentiment which does not drip, for spinning a good yarn — and this is a salutary influence in these days of tortured realities. Read full book review >

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THE BREAKING WAVE by Nevil Shute
Released: April 6, 1955

"Those who have felt that Nevil Shute had gone 'around the bend', will find here that he is still primarily a good story teller."
The war from a unique angle in a story that encompasses two lives in counterpoint. Read full book review >

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BEYOND THE BLACK STUMP by Nevil Shute
Released: Aug. 10, 1956

"Not enough."
A good idea and bad execution- a disappointment for Nevil Shute enthusiasts. Read full book review >

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NO HIGHWAY by Nevil Shute
Released: Aug. 31, 1948

"Nevil Shute has given us better books."
A disappointment from Nevil Shute, who somehow- for this reader- does not come to grips with the potentials of his story, which fuses fiction and science. Read full book review >