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Marazan (Vintage Classics) by [Norway, Nevil Shute]
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"Any book by Nevil Shute is a delight" (Punch)

"A brilliantly descriptive writer, a master of suspense" (David Holloway)

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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: 916 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (2 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F2QOC8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Well written and an entertaining story, but in particular an insight into light aviation in the 20's. Th way they tracked the seaplane pre radar was fascinating
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I have read nearly all Nevil Shutes books now and I think this is one of his best. It remains gripping to the end.
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I am a massive Nevil Shute fan and count his classics amongst the best books ever written. With this in mind I started reading Marazan....

Marazan although not Shute's first novel, was in fact his first to be published.

We meet Stenning, a left over pilot from the First World War, who now flies commercially. Unlike most of Shute's creations I actually found it very hard to like Stenning, I found him quite arrogant and overly self assured. The other Shute books I have read have always has a main protagonist(s) that it is easy to empathise with.

Stenning, although tired and probably hung-over, agrees one last flight before he takes a few days holiday. He crashes and is left stuck upside down in the planes cockpit. Out of a nearby forest comes an escaped convict to his aid. After being rescued Stenning feels obligated to help where he can and offers his services. What follows is an adventure around Britain and eventually further afield. We encounter drug smuggling and plenty of gun action. As with all of Shute's works, they have to be read in the context of the time they were written and Marazan is no exception.

As I have already said, I am a big fan of the author, but for some reason this book just didn't get me involved. I found myself not caring what happened next. The first few chapters started promisingly enough but I think that after that the storyline got tedious. A number of chapters felt like reading an atlas of the British Isles as his travels are described in minute and often unnecessary detail. Having said that, there are many redeeming features and when the action does finally appear, it is well described.

If I had to recommend this book it would probably be to only die hard fans of Shute.
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This was the first of Shute's books to be published - in 1926. The hero is called Philip Stenning and flies for the Rawdon Air Taxi Service, run by a chap called Morris. You'd be forgiven to mix up the earlier Shute novels, as they seem to have a limited number of names going round in various permutations!
It is clear this is an early work. It lacks the beautiful craftsmanship of the later works, where not a word seems out of place and the story can drag your heart along effortlessly. It is a combined flying and detective story, with a minimum of romance; it is faintly reminiscent of a good Eric Ambler, in the gradual fleshing out of the individual by his actions, and his way of talking; but it is totally Shute in its humanity, its occasional glimpse of a sense of decency, and its language and conveying emotions with a short sparse sentence. He uses the tiny details so well, to fill out the personality, to give the feel of emotions with the barest touch. He is an artist, and a thoroughly English writer (I mean this as a compliment, of course!). There is a glimpse of the darkness of young men coming out of the war and feeling at a loss: Stenning in the beginning is well on the way to being an alcoholic. "Dawn.... the hour when one sees things as they really are. I don't count myself as a coward, but I have always been afraid of the dawn." But Stenning finds a purpose, and thereby the story hangs.
It may be an early work, but it is a very satisfying book. Don't start with this one, if you don't know Shute at all (you might start with 'Town like Alice', or 'Round the bend'); but if you know and like Shute, don't overlook these early books. They repay the effort!
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This was the first of Shute's books to be published - in 1926. The hero is called Philip Stenning and flies for the Rawdon Air Taxi Service, run by a chap called Morris. You'd be forgiven to mix up the earlier Shute novels, as they seem to have a limited number of names going round in various permutations!
It is clear this is an early work. It lacks the beautiful craftsmanship of the later works, where not a word seems out of place and the story can drag your heart along effortlessly. It is a combined flying and detective story, with a minimum of romance; it is faintly reminiscent of a good Eric Ambler, in the gradual fleshing out of the individual by his actions, and his way of talking; but it is totally Shute in its humanity, its occasional glimpse of a sense of decency, and its language and conveying emotions with a short sparse sentence. He uses the tiny details so well, to fill out the personality, to give the feel of emotions with the barest touch. He is an artist, and a thoroughly English writer (I mean this as a compliment, of course!). There is a glimpse of the darkness of young men coming out of the war and feeling at a loss: Stenning in the beginning is well on the way to being an alcoholic. "Dawn.... the hour when one sees things as they really are. I don't count myself as a coward, but I have always been afraid of the dawn." But Stenning finds a purpose, and thereby the story hangs.
It may be an early work, but it is a very satisfying book. Don't start with this one, if you don't know Shute at all (you might start with 'Town like Alice', or 'Round the bend'); but if you know and like Shute, don't overlook these early books. They repay the effort!
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