Search Results: "Nevil Shute"


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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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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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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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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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THE LEGACY by Nevil Shute
Released: June 7, 1949

"Shute's name- and the elements of the story itself-recommend it as a surely popular novel."
This has the makings of a first rate story, but the indirect approach- as an elderly lawyer tells the story, now as told or written to him, now in direct narrative form, somehow robs it of the basic human values inherent in the story itself. Read full book review >

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KINDLING by Nevil Shute
Released: May 25, 1938

"Not a book for staid realists but a book which, once read, will give food for thought."
A fairy tale in modern dress, distinctly more of the realistic school than Nathan's One More Spring but reminiscent of it in social implication and so on. Read full book review >

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TRUSTEE FROM THE TOOLROOM by Nevil Shute
Released: March 30, 1960

"His recent death- and the choice of this last book by the Book-of-the-Month insure a more than customary receptivity."
Keith Stewart, a toolroom fitter who had given up his factory job to devote himself to his hobby of miniature machines and to writing about them in a magazine that made friends for him around the world, recalls somewhat the colorless little Mr. Honey of No Highway. Read full book review >

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THE FAR COUNTRY by Nevil Shute
Released: Sept. 3, 1952

"Here a story that follows more or less predictable lines for a warm and heartening tale."
Pleasant reading and a new setting for a less important story than Shute has done of late. 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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ON THE BEACH by Nevil Shute
Released: July 24, 1957

"It is an obsessive, nightmarish book, the more so because it is written on almost a deadpan level of narration, deliberately shorn of histrionics."
In 1939 Nevil Shute wrote a horrifyingly prophetic book, , which made the life of the average citizen under bombardment only too real, as time proved. Read full book review >

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ORDEAL by Nevil Shute
Released: March 22, 1939

"Heavy publisher backing — and worth it, as it may just catch the public imagination."
Daily papers carry headlines of the bombing of Barcelona. Read full book review >