It exists largely as an image or imagining - either Stanton Laird's imagining of home, Mollie Regan's imagining of civilisation and modernity, or Nevil Shute's imagining of 1950s America. Along the way, though, Mr. Lightest of wear to book and priceclipped jacket, owner's name on front pastedown. 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. However as in , Shute valued the honest artisans and their social integrity and contributions to society more than the contributions of the upper classes.
Nevil Shute Norway was a popular British novelist and a successful aeronautical engineer. This is the fourth Shute novel I've read in the past year or so. But when a passenger plane crashes in unexplained circumstances, Honey must convince his superiors that his unorthodox theories are correct before more lives are lost. 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 does a good job telling the story and the book easily kept my interest throughout.
But the memory of the authors other works was not disappointed. Unclipped dustjacket has large repaired tear but has been nicely plastic protected in a removable sleeve. Nevil Shute admired American technical know-how, but I wonder if perhaps he had difficulty relating to the society and people. This book is worth reading for ideas that are now gone; Shute was an engine Not one of Shute's better known works, but of particular interest to me, as he compares two places I know well-- outback Australia and Eastern Oregon. Dust jacket has two small chunks missing, small edge tears with crumpling and creases on edges, otherwise jacket is bright and shows light wear. 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. Fiction set in the Australian outback.
The public library in , is the Nevil Shute Memorial Library. Do keep this in mind. After that he averaged one novel every two years through the 1950s, with the exception of a six-year hiatus while he was establishing his own aircraft construction company, Airspeed Ltd. The front innerflap is almost detached from front panel, although, save for the head and foot of spine, the dust jacket remains more or less complete. Red cloth covers with gilt titles to spine. The , , was killed in the crash along with several senior figures in the airship development program. Shute's last novel, about the recovery of a lost legacy of diamonds from a wrecked sailboat.
He goes to jail for fraud, but the shipyard revives. Towards the end, the shocking incident described at the beginning's brought back up as if it's some plot twist, but it is not a This is one of Nevil Shute's most entertaining novels and has some of his best characters, but I have major beef with the book. Um, I don't think so. Stanton Laird works for an oil company as a geologist. The parentage of Ruth's eldest son, which to Mollie is amusingly obvious, is in Hazel held as a tragedy best left unacknowledged.
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. The R100 was a prototype for passenger-carrying airships that would serve the needs of Britain's empire. About this Item: Michael O'Mara, London, 1988. If you liked this book, you will also enjoy A Town Like Alice, another story about frontier life in Australia also by Shute. In the Australian outback, he meets Molly at the sheep ranch on the property where he is working. He is befriended by a local farming family, the Regans, and develops a relationship with their daughter Mollie. This book is dated, but fully shows the bigotry that was rampant back then, before the civil rights movement here in the States.
They come from two very different backgrounds, something which becomes increasingly apparent during the course of the novel. So the station was populated by half-caste children as well as the eleven or so children of the Scottish barmaid. Slight wear to spine, covers and corners. The other was pregnant, and though she chose to marry Chuck their oldest son is the image of Stanton. All I will say is that I did really enjoy seeing Mollie figure out what sort of a life she wanted, where and with whom. All of Nevil Shute's characters are intelligent, thinking people. If somewhere is 'beyond the black stump' it means it is in the deepest darkest wilds of the Australian outback.
All in all an unsophisticated and enjoyable read. Indeed Shute's novel can be seen as an argument for the pioneering spirit against the materiality of western society in general barring David Cope, Shute's Irish-Australian characters certainly wouldn't be considered respectable members of society in his native England either. I read all of Shute's books when I was a teenager, however this one was missing from the set. 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. Audible version read by Laurence Kennedy.