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Abridged Version - Beware!,
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This review is from: A Town Like Alice (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)
(This review is for the 'Vintage Shute' / Eric Lomax edition published September 2009, with a silhouette on the cover).
I bought this book for myself to replace a long lost copy, and looked forward to reading it again. I am so disappointed that so much has been removed from this copy, especially as it is described as a 'vintage classic' - I fail to understand how something can be described thus when it has been so altered. I'm irritated that it hasn't been described anywhere as being abridged. There really must be about a quarter of the book missing and it ends quite suddenly. I am writing to Amazon to suggest that they make it clear that this copy has been abridged because there really is absolutely no reason for it to be. I want to read a book as it has been written - I don't need somebody else to decide that I don't really need to read great chunks of it!!
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Initial post: 12 Oct 2011 02:17:34 BDT
This was very helpful.Thank you. Like you, I want a copy of the book as Nevil Shute wrote it and not one that has been tampered with by others. The book is a gem.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2011 12:21:51 BDT
Thank you for your post about my review - I really was disappointed to find that this edition was so abridged - the whole back section of the story was ended so abruptly ended that I couldn't quite believe it, it was so unnecessary! Hope you can find an unabridged edition - I still haven't!
In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2012 15:25:10 GMT
This is very worrying, even though it refers to a printed book: I was about to buy the kindle version of this as I think it's one of only 3 published Nevil Shute books I haven't read. Needless to say I don't want an abridged version - anyone know if the kindle version is unabridged?
Posted on 29 May 2012 14:24:15 BDT
This review, which I am sure, is quite meretricious for the abridged version of 'A Town Like Alice', is quite inappropriately shown here against this version of the book, which is one of the early editions, and quite in its entirety.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2012 21:43:52 BDT
The review I posted for the abridged version of this classic was submitted via the page that I ordered my copy from, so my assupmtion was that my review would refer to the version I received. If my review was posted onto an unabridged version of the book then I am sorry for the confusion, but my abridged copy had exactly this cover on it, and unfortunately left out great chunks of text about life in Alice Springs and the growth of the town, and the floods and subsequent outcomes. People and events I fondly remembered just weren't there anymore. If you, or anyone has the ISBN of an unabridged copy, please post it in reply to this comment - I would be very grateful as I'm still looking!
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2012 22:08:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jun 2012 22:10:34 BDT
this is the Amazon ASIN no. B000GLZAKI (pre ISBN) for a complete 1953 4th edition
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2012 22:23:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jun 2012 22:36:34 BDT
Thank you very much for that, I really am very grateful. I can now look forward to reading this book again in its entirety!
Update - I have now purchased a used hardcover copy of the book with the referenced ASIN, and hope to be reading it very soon. Once again Zimot thank you for your help! If you are a fan of the book I hope you can understand my original disappointment. Regards, Sarah.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2012 23:32:18 BDT
Zirmot, not Zimot - sorry. it's my eyes!
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2012 16:08:54 BDT
Mrs. C. M. Townsend says:
I have a very old copy 0 330 02070 6
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2012 13:23:58 BDT
Thank you! I did manage to get hold of an unabridged version, very old but still very readable. Thanks for your reply. Sarah