An old captivity (Modern English ;language texts)
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"Exhibits his talents at their provocative best" (New York Times)
"Nevil Shute's books always have a real hero...intensely romantic along with the realism, intensely real along with the romanticism, and peculiarly absorbing" (Sunday Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A classic adventure from the author of A Town Like Alice and On the Beach. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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a great loss to the present generation,even the films of some of his stories have been dropped.
still i enjoy his work.
As with many of Shute's books, you have to read this one bearing in mind the class structure and ideas of the forties and fifties and the prejudices which middle and upper class Englishment carried around with them. If you can ignore these irritations and go with the flow, this is a hugely enjoyable and absorbing book.
Although Greenland (like Iceland) is now a popular tourist destination, in the early 20th century it was anything but. Therefore the idea of a flight from England to this northern outpost would have been an extremely hazardous undertaking, given the unreliability of aircraft of that time, the absence of satellite weather forecasting and radio communications, and the total lack of air-sea rescue helos to pull you out of the drink if you were forced to ditch (definitely not a journey for the faint-hearted).
A deceptively beautiful setting for a truly memorable story.
This is really one of his very best. I have read all of Shute's fictional works, and this is among the two or three than I consider to be his finest. I would thoroughly recommend it to all who have only recently discovered how readable he is, quaintly dated though he may be. But is is the datedness that is its real charm.
A pilot takes on the job of organising an expedition for an academic archaeologist, subsidised by his wealthy brother, who wants to research a remote area of Greenland.The apparently spoilt and brattish, but clever grown-up daughter of the academic comes along...Neville Shute's strength was impeccably good research, and plausible accuracy of detail - especially on anything to do with aviation, sailing, or engineering. And in this novel, there is detail in abundance on the technicalities of the dangerous and adventurous aviation involved at the time. One will love this (especially pilots), or loathe it, depending on your interests. The heroes in Neville Shute novels, as in this one, tend to be people with a vocation - good sorts, whose tenacious devotion to tasks is movingly admirable. The worlds of his novels are predominantly peopled with fundamentally decent people. There are many anachronisms of his era, including a condescension to women, which sometimes may seem awkwardly chauvinistic. This particular novel has strange twist - far removed from the common-sense reality one normally associates with this author...but I won't give the game away.
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