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Round the Bend (Vintage Classics)

Round the Bend (Vintage Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Nevil Shute Norway
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"A story which grips and fascinates, a story enriched by the observation and understanding which have made Shute's work outstanding" (Scotsman)

"He holds attention to the last page" (Daily Telegraph)

"So convincingly does Shute tell the story and so cleverly does he leave the character of Shaklin deliberately vague that the book is as absorbing as anything he has written, and Cutter one of his finest creations" (Glasgow Herald)

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"On the fields and farms of England, on the airstrips of the desert and the jungle, in the hangars of the Persian Gulf and on the tarmacs of the southern islands, I have walked and talked with God" Round the Bend

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099530155
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (27 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F2QO6E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,965 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nevil Shute Norway was born on 17 January 1899 in Ealing, London. After attending the Dragon School and Shrewsbury School, he studied Engineering Science at Balliol College, Oxford. He worked as an aeronautical engineer and published his first novel, Marazan, in 1926. In 1931 he married Frances Mary Heaton and they went on to have two daughters. During the Second World War he joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve where he worked on developing secret weapons. After the war he continued to write and settled in Australia where he lived until his death on 12 January 1960. His most celebrated novels include Pied Piper (1942), No Highway (1948), A Town Like Alice (1950) and On the Beach (1957).

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why you should read this book... 26 Feb 2004
Shute gives us yet another inspiring tale filled with hope for humanity. Told by a pilot in the post-war period it charts his experiences through the Middle and Far East and the people who touch his life. Shute's characters, as ever, are beautifully drawn and wholly believable and face life with a dignity missing from many authors' work. As we are shown glimpses of the nature of faith, redemption, and love against the unlikely background of aeroplane engineering we cannot fail to be moved.
One of the strongest titles from the master-storyteller it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up with sheer emotion.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His best 3 Sep 2003
By "j-ak"
Having read several of Nevil Shutes books, and finding pleasure in many of them, this is the one that I keep coming back to. In my opinion, it's his best, with "A town like Alice" coming second.
The story takes you through the mid-east and south Asia, bringing up subjects like work ethics, religion and tolerance between ethnic groups.
Even though a lot has changed in the world as compared to when the book was written, it is still a book to read, and to ponder on.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nevil Shute at his best 8 Oct 2010
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Difficult to know whether to review the book, or the Kindle version! So it is 5 stars for the book but would be 3 stars for this version. £6.40 is, IMHO, too much for a book written by an author who has been dead for 50 years and it has text to speech disabled which, bearing in mind the likely age of readers, is just dumb. Let's hope the money is at least going to Mr Norway's family and not just greedy publishers!

As to the book it is the usual wonderfully well told Nevil Shute story, amusing particularly that it deals with what to Nevil Norway the aircraft engineer, designer and aviation company owner must have been the perfect religion!

Full of what today would be very non PC terms and views it very much reflects the society (and Britain's place in it) of the time and ideas that, at that time, would have been very radical i.e. the very idea that asian engineers could be just as good as Brits and even the possibility that an Englishman might marry a girl of mixed race. Despite that it has messages that are every bit as relevent today - particularly that of different religions having common ground instead of cause for hatred.

"I doubt anyone will be reading my books in 50 years" Nevil Shute once said. I'm very glad to prove him completely wrong on that one point!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding literature 27 April 2008
Nevil Shute has written some great literature (and some that is not great literature, but simply a great story). This is by far his greatest work.

The story starts off as an enjoyable yarn about a man setting up an aviation business in the Middle East. Gradually, though, you realise you are reading a completely different story about one of his employees who espouses simple truths about how to live religion (of whatever flavour) in daily life. His message is accepted by a wide range of people from different cultural and spiritual backgrounds, without compromising their own faith.

The gentleness with which this second story unfolds doesn't prepare you for the shatteringly thought provoking final pages which leaves any thinking person pondering deeply about life, faith and mortality.

I am on my six or seventh reading of the book. On each reading I get more depth out of the characters, more enjoyment out of the carefully worked storyline, and more inspiration for my own daily life.

A truly amazing book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, good story and intriguing ending... 23 July 2009
Nevil Shute tells a good story. It's well crafted, and although it takes a little while to get going it soon becomes an intriguing look at culture and religion as it clashes or is accepted with a people with a western outlook on life.

Shute writes as Tom Cutter, who starts his own aviation company, who meets Connie Shaklin. Shaklin becomes very influential wherever he is posted in Cutter's company with his religious teachings united Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists alike. There is much to be said to Shaklin moral standpoint on money, power, materialism, violence, forgiveness and his desire for whatever spirituality you have to affect all of your life (especially your work).

However, the book is not at all preachy and although it seems to favour various eastern religions there are surprising comments from Shaklin as he buckles at thought of being compared equally to Jesus Christ. The ending is particularly intriguing and although this is fiction I could not help but compare Shaklin and the response of his followers to Christ and the response of His disciples (if I say more I will spoil the ending). For me it reminded me the solid ground on which my faith is built upon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More great Shute 23 Jan 2013
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Another lovely story from one of the more modern masters of story telling. Bought for my Kindle having read the original many years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage classics 22 Sep 2012
By john W
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It is great that really excellelant books, like those of Neville Shute are being republished. Previously you could only obtain them used and a little scruffy. Hopefully in this new format, many new readers will discover Shute's wonderful narrative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 18 July 2011
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This is just a wonderful book by a master storyteller. Nevil Shute always makes his characters come alive and like many of his books this is one that I found hard to put down once I had started. In addition to the characters, the underlying story of the early days of aviation is fascinating and it is easy to see how difficult it was for both the lead character and for the airline industry at the begiining. A great read.
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Classic Shute. I was into this from page one. Ordinary people in extraordinary situatios are the signature of this great author.
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Always an interesting read and a clever supposition of what life would be like at a future date without going off into the realms of science fiction.
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I enjoyed re-reading a favourite author, Neville Shute. This story does perhaps goes on a tad too long, still enjoyed it.
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