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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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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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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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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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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VINLAND THE GOOD by Nevil Shute
Released: Oct. 2, 1946

"And then his son retraces his steps, and expands beyond his father's horizon to yet more new worlds."
Here is the opening chapter of the drama of America's history, the story of Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky, real discoverers of America, but to most school children little known figures. 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 >

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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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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 >