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The Rainbow and the Rose (Vintage Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Nevil Shute
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When Johnny Pascoe attempts to rescue a sick girl from the Tasmanian outback his plane crashes leaving him dangerously injured. Ronnie Clarke, who was trained by Pascoe, endeavours to fly a doctor in to help but this proves more difficult than he imagined. As he waits overnight at Pascoe's house in order to try again the next day Clarke revisits the past of this unusual man - and reveals the shocking and tragic secrets that have influenced his life.

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"That supreme storyteller, Nevil Shute" (The Times)

"Shute was a brilliant storyteller and terrific example for any writer" (Gerald Seymour Express)

"Nevil Shute made me yearn for a faithful, plodding, Shute-type of man. I imagined us trekking across the Australian outback, finding a run-down hamlet, and then transforming it together until death or flood parted us" (Sue Townshed The Times)

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A classic adventure from the author of A Town Like Alice and On the Beach.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 418 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (2 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F2QNUQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,931 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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Shute's characteristic spareness of prose and compelling story lines are combined with an almost surreal dream re enactment technique which takes us through the lives of the fliers of WW1 in a truly poignant and emotional rollercoaster.
Through a series of 'dreams' we relive the life of Pascoe and his bittersweet love affair with a beautiful novice pilot who he meets after WW1 in his flying school. The attempted rescue of Pascoe by his young friend Clarke is completely rivetting and nerve racking. One of Shute's best tales- believable, exciting and full of historical accuracy about flying in the 1914- 1930 period.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read with some crucial insights 26 Jan. 2012
This is one of Shute's best novels from Australia and is a biography of a WW I pilot who spent the rest of life flying planes. The tale is told using flashbacks from an air smash in the 1950s Australian outback. This is not a device I usually like, since it often kills the pace of a novel. However, here the tension created by the initial crash is very skillfully held to the last few pages, by a series of ingenious plot developments. I had a few problems believing the actions of some of the characters, but here Shute is in the estimable company of Dickens - it doesn't spoil the story-telling. In the course of the novel, Shute gives a highly credible history of the development of aviation which I found utterly compelling. But then, I'm 65, had a childhood passion for anything to do with aircraft and am familiar with all the planes Shute talks about - my Dad was in the RAF. I was a little concerned that younger readers might find this element boring. However, this does not seem to be the case, partly because it is interleaved with a couple of hugely compassionate and essential love stories. I can't go into the detail of the 'crucial insights' I refer to in the title without giving too much away. So, you'll have to take it on trust; this book will make you think about some of your attitudes and examines some very important moral issues that will always be relevant.

It would be easy to dismiss this book as the self-indulgent reminiscing of an author close to his own death. Some of it may be autobiographical, much of it will certainly be based on the stories of people Shute knew, but it is so much more than that. Almost anyone would find something to enjoy in this book, most would read it again!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neville Shute never disappoints. 4 Aug. 2010
This is back to the golden age when authors wrote
from the heart with pure magic, no swearing and from
the heart.
This man gave so much to literature...a gem.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Shute's very best 10 Jun. 2007
In my view this is one of Shute's very best books but it seems to have been overlooked by afficionados of the late, great man. It's one of his latter books, that is to say it's written post his exposure to Australia which was the great watershed in his writing, it was going to Australia that opened up a whole new world to Shute, both literally and in the explosive idea that Australia was some kind of new frontier, a latter day wild west where men were men and untrammeled by postwar austerity and, worse, post war socialist dogma. For a full treatment of his loathing of postwar austerity and socialist dogma read "In the Wet", an utterly bizarre piece of work which I am amazed his publishers couldn't talk him out of publishing. However this book is a gripping adventure tale with a slightly spooky Rattiganesque timeshift in it, of the two parallel tales the "modern" one is more engaging, the twenties-set one is rather dated perhaps because he wrote it earlier, realised it wasn't enough for a novel and put it aside for many years? I greatly enjoy the skillful way the plot leads to the "revelation of identity" ... And I was interested in how the book deals with the dilemma of what an unmarried man does with the latter years of his life without the support network of a wife and children. Perhaps his best?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Biased - I am a Nevil Shute fan 4 May 2013
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I was brought up as a teenager (just over 50 years ago) in a household where there was always a Nevil Shute book on the library shelf. If you look for book that contains old fashioned values in the storyline then you will find them here - it is good to slip back to these occasionally. Having read all of the NS books before, this one has a good story but is heavily biased (as almost all of his books are) to aircraft and flight and an interest here will help the reader have a better appreciation. This is one of the best he has written and will make a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful storyteller! 15 Sept. 2013
By LGee
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Neville Shute tells a wonderful story and has a profound understanding of human psychology. I've only recently discovered him but I am completely hooked. The way this particular novel so seamlessly sashays between the past and the present is truly masterly. A very good read and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A typical Shute adventure 27 Aug. 2013
By walter
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Shute was obviously in love with all aspects of aviation. Here, a pioneer in the aviation world crashes, and is seriously injured,trying to convey a sick little girl to hospital. A colleague of the pioneer tries to rescue him - all grippping stuff. Its a book you won't want to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars vintage Shute Brill As usual very easy to read. 28 Jan. 2013
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I am a fan of Shute. They are so easy to read.My problem is I read them too quickly !!!!! I will buy some more Shute books The early ones are interesting but the laterones set in Austrialia are better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this as most of Neville Shute books
Loved this as most of Neville Shute books. Takes me right back to the fifties. Can't get enough books with afforable whyspersinc so another bonus.
Published 2 months ago by Ella
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
exactly as expected, thank you.
Published 4 months ago by g4ry
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read but not his best
I f you are reading Nevil Shute novels for the first time this is not one of his best, albeit a decent yarn. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Iain
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Another winner from this author.
Published 5 months ago by S Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Fantastic book, Shute at his best often overlooked and not even available at our local library . Binding seems quite good and no pages lost whilst reading
Published 9 months ago by ChrisC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 9 months ago by john brittain
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated but readable
Some Nevil Shute is of its time and place in a way that captures your imagination - but not this book. All the traditional Shute elements but the magic is missing.
Published 12 months ago by Lynda Davison
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reflection
What starts as a fairly simple rescue story draws out into a beautifully sad reflection on a man's life and all that it might have been. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Russ Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice story, good read
Good story showing the small world that was aviation in its early days. A nice imaginative story, with life in outback Tasmania as a backdrop.
Published 20 months ago by BrightonGuy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic
This has been added to the kindle as a favourite classic Shute book that can be read over and over again (need a break between reads though!!).
Published on 20 April 2013 by Veronica
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