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THE CHALET SCHOOL IN EXILE. Hardcover – 1950


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: W.R. Chambers (1950)
  • ASIN: B001E04YSE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,526,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun. 2003
Format: Paperback
You have to thank the publishers for bringing out this new unabbridged edition of The Chalet School in Exile. It is a pleasure to read the whole story UNCUT from beginning to end as Elinor Brent Dyer intended without the nagging feeling that something has been left out. This is how I felt when reading the later editions of the book.
The story is set at the start of the war when the Nazis invade Austria and the school and its pupils are in danger. It is one of the more exciting Chalet School adventures with the added dimension of the war. It is historically contemporary and authentic. It is exciting to think that the war was happening as EBD was writing the book and Austria was being terrorised by the Nazis. In the book The Nazis try to take control of the school and Joey and co are involved in lots of heroic deeds and escapades to save their Austrian friends. Will the Chalet school survive intact??
If you have already read the book this edition is worth having as it has the FULL unabridged story without having to shell out extra cash for the expensive original hardbacks. It also has an introductory section with an account of how the story was developed and written by EBD. And the wartime difficulty of publishing the book. The full publishing history of the book is included with illustrations of all its cover pictures. This book has the beautiful original Nina Brisley illustration of a Nazi officer confronting Joey and Madge . This cover was banned after the first publication during the war due to concerns about war propaganda and is difficult to find.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matty Albone on 27 May 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a new and unabridged commemorative edition produced for the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of WW2 and includes interesting additional information such as a brief bullet point history of the events leading up to the annexation of Austria by the Nazis (the background to the story) and a few biographical notes on the author. I enjoyed the book as much this time, or probably more because of the additional text, as I did when I first read it as a teenager about 25 years ago. The first part of the story, leading up to the thrilling and terrifying escape over the mountains from Austria, is the most gripping.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
Probably the most action packed book in the series and a great conclusion to the Austrian years. As a 10 year old this was the book that first told me about the treatment of ordinary people under the Nazis and interested me in European history. As a Chalet book its definitely one of the best with Joey's marriage and the birth of the trips, the introduction of families that will be with the series for a long time: the Chesters, the Ozannes and the Lucys and the schools first and second moves (to the Sonnalpe and then to Guernsey). The death of Mlle Lepattre and the plane crash are well written although I found Gertrud Becker the schoolgirl spy rather unbelievable. This book is also noteworthy as the one in which Robin and Daisy (two of my favourites) develop as characrers in their own right rather than as young connections of Joey's. A must have for any Chalet fan and a good early book for a potential one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lexin on 4 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
Of all the Chalet School series, this is the best, the one I remember and go back to. Somehow the school, with it's beloved characters, having to leave their home in Austria, makes the threat of persecution seem that much more real, that much more real, and brings it home just what that must have meant.
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By A Customer on 19 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is brilliant, almost as good as The Highland twins, I have read this over and over again ad never get bored of it, it explains so much about those terms when they had to flee for their life and then the reopening of the school. A must have for any chalet school fan
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Coral Leane on 22 Jun. 2003
Format: Paperback
Definitely a recommended book - one of the best in the Chalet School series. Be aware, however, that the paperback edition is abridged (including the loss of a whole chapter) and that if you want the "whole" story, you would be better getting hold of the original hardback or the paperback reprint of the unabridged version by Girls Gone By Publishers. Even cut, though, this book is a great read - and still unnerves and scares me at times.
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