A Town Like Alice Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 1991
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"This direct, simply told story is about honest, dogged virtues, at least as redolent of its era as street parties or 'We'll Meet Again'" (The Times)
"A Town like Alice is the most romantic book I've ever read...Jean's determination to survive is inspirational, and the love she finds later is beautiful" (Catherine Tate Mail on Sunday)
"A ripping tale of budding romance and grace under pressure" (The Times)
"A heart-rending tale of torture, human fortitude and forbearance, inhumanity and hardship" (Sunday Times)
"That supreme storyteller, Nevil Shute...I could hardly bear to put the book down. I read it voraciously for days" (May Lovell The Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Probably more people have shed tears over the last page of A Town Like Alice than about any other novel in the English language ... remarkable.' (The Guardian)
'A Town like Alice is the most romantic book I've ever read ... Jean's determination to survive is inspirational, and the love she finds later is beautiful.' (The Mail on Sunday)
'A ripping tale of budding romance and grace under pressure.' (The Times)
'A heart-rending tale of torture, human fortitude and forbearance, inhumanity and hardship.' (The Sunday Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'd say that this book has everything. It's a book about remarkable survival and remarkable people. It's an adventure book. It's a love story. The characters are very sympathetic and you can't help liking them and hoping that they find happiness. It's one of the few books I've read that I've actually wanted a sequel to.
For a man of his generation I also think that Mr Shute wrote about Jean Paget with an insight that's second to none. I'm well impressed.
On a whole, it's a very well written page-turner that I thoroughly enjoy every time I pick it up.
In Post-World War II London, an aging solicitor, Noel Strachan, becomes a trustee in charge of a considerable sum of money left by one of his clients and starts looking for the heirs. He quite quickly finds out that there is only one person left – Jean Paget, a young woman working as secretary in a leather goods factory. He writes her, they meet and then have to meet some more because there are legal things to do about the money and inheritance. Soon Noel Strachan realises that this unassuming, mousy, introverted girl is in fact a war veteran who went through real hell between 1941 and 1945. That takes care of about first 20 pages and then the book really begins… The only thing I will say about the rest of the story is that we ultimately learn the whole truth about her war time tribulations and then observe what she will do with her inheritance – and her life…
The first attribute of a good novel is that it tells an interesting story and here there is no questions that this is the case. There are roughly three parts in the book and each of them is fascinating, beginning of course with the most tragic one, the 1941-1945 period. "A town like Alice" includes large parts concerning the fate of Western women when in hands of the Japanese and it was amongst the first such account to be published, although the deservedly famous true memoir "Three came home" by Agnes Newton Keith was published already in 1947. Nevil Shute was inspired to write this book by his meeting and conversations with Carry Geysel, a Dutch lady who indeed survived imprisonment in Japanese concentration camps on Sumatra.Read more ›
But if you can accept that and see past it, this is a wonderful story of resilience and the triumph of the human spirit when faced with adversity.
It's a love story set against the backdrop of the Second World War and after, and across 3 continents. Beautifully written, and with a fast paced plot I read this book several times over the last 40 years and I have no doubt I'll read it again.
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Read it years (many, many years) ago, but some stray comment flashed it up in my memory, so I re-bought it, & re-read it. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Mikey
I had to buy a new copy of this after a 'friend' borrowed my beloved original hardback copy which belonged to my Mum. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Jenny Fletcher
Read this book for the first time 40years ago, obviously forgot the finer detail of the story. Excellent book but felt uncomfortable with some of the language and attitude common... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A classic novel with the guaranteed Shute touch. When I read it I was surprised, having watched the Virginia McKenna/Pater Finch film, that the film had ended only halfway through... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Setsquare
I probably last read this in my 20's. I first read it when I was about 16, and I have read it at least once more between those ages. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
my favorite Nevil Schute book. beautifully written taking us on a journey through the most horrendous hardship, survival and triumph.Published 1 month ago by Pip
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