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4.0 out of 5 stars A simple story well told, 16 Sept. 2002
This review is from: The Seafarers (Hardcover)
"The Seafarers" is a recent, and clearly posthumous, publication of a Nevil Shute novella written as one of a number of unpublished stories. One of those works later became "Requiem For A Wren". Unlike "Requiem" this is a simple story with a happy ending dealing with the difficulties of young people demobilised after World War II and having problems adjusting to hum-drum civilian life. Like all Nevil Shute works, it is a product of the man and his age and should be read with that in mind. Some of the attitudes portrayed will jar with modern ways of thinking. However, Shute's understanding of the issues and his straightforward way of telling a good story with a beginning, a middle, and an end, will appeal to admirers of his work and readers newly discovering him alike.
Shute's naval interests are prominent in this novella and there is much satisfaction to be gained from the descriptions of careful work lovingly carried out on boats building on the experience of the protagonists during the war. The characterisation is necessarily brief in such a short work but is nevertheless well done and appropriate to the story.
If you are looking for a long book with involved plot, this is not going to satisfy you - it is easily read in a single sitting. If you are a fan of Nevil Shute or simply someone who likes a good read, you will enjoy reading this hitherto unpublished story.
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