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A poignant , simply told tale in the best Shute style
on 1 January 2002
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.