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A Town Like Alice (1950)

por Nevil Shute

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Fiction. Literature. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:Nevil Shute's most beloved novel, a tale of love and war, follows its enterprising heroine from the Malayan jungle during World War II to the rugged Australian outback.
Jean Paget, a young Englishwoman living in Malaya, is captured by the invading Japanese and forced on a brutal seven-month death march with dozens of other women and children. A few years after the war, Jean is back in England, the nightmare behind her. However, an unexpected inheritance inspires her to return to Malaya to give something back to the villagers who saved her life. But it turns out that they have a gift for her as well: the news that the young Australian soldier, Joe Harmon, who had risked his life to help the women, had miraculously survived. Jean's search for Joe leads her to a desolate Australian outpost called Willstown, where she finds a challenge that will draw on all the resourcefulness and spirit that carried her through her war-time ordeals.… (mais)
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    The Flamboya Tree: Memories of a Mother's Wartime Courage por Clara Kelly (whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: Though fiction, the war experiences of Jean Padgett are based in fact from the Island of Sumatra, and gives a good view of what was going on on other islands in the Pacific.
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    In the Wet por Nevil Shute (Booksloth)
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    The Promise of Rain por Donna Milner (jayne_charles)
    jayne_charles: More POW hell
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    Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II por Darlene Deibler Rose (CherylLonski)
    CherylLonski: One is a work of fiction, the other is a biographical account. One author is male, the other female. One British, one American. Yet the stories intersect in interesting ways in their telling of a painful time in world history.
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This book was published in 1950 and it feels dated in its depictions of women and other races, but its heart is in the right place and its a great read. Partly set during WWII with a group of women forced on a death march around Malaya by the Japanese, then later set in Australia after the war where the enterprising Jean Pagett brings an isolated community to life. It is a love story and an epic tale, but its also a kind of blueprint for how a local economy works. The narrator is a rather paternalistic lawyer who has control over Jeans inheritance, and its soaked with the sexism of the time, but she is written as a strong independent woman and its a very enjoyable book. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Apr 26, 2024 |
It's rare for me to give a book five stars, but this book is an absolute gem. The prose is lovely without being overdone, the plot is engrossing, and the characters were finely drawn. I can't wait to read every book Nevil Shute ever wrote, and will consider it an honor to do so. ( )
  silva_44 | Mar 6, 2024 |
What a beautifully written novel inspired in part by a real event during the Japanese occupation of Sumatra during World War II (which I learned in the Author’s Note at the end)! The story itself was compelling — I barely took a break all of New Year’s Day as I devoured it. The central characters were well drawn. Given this novel was published in 1950, I was surprised and pleased that the female protagonist, Jean Paget, was portrayed as a strong, competent, savvy, visionary woman, who endured and rose above the deplorable conditions of her captivity during WWII in Malaysia and whose later unexpected inherited wealth comes full circle from Australia to Scotland and England back to Australia. The story is told from the perspective of Noel Strachan, one of the trustees of the trust for Miss Paget’s benefit, a London solicitor, who is also an interesting character. Thrilled to have started my 2023 reading journey on this high note. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
"Brave people in strange scenes"
This book inspired me to be brave! If Jean can do it, I can do it. ( )
  ahjohnston | Dec 21, 2023 |
The movie is excellent as well. This book is based on a true story. ( )
  Eurekas | Apr 29, 2023 |
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Nevil Shuteautor principaltodas as ediçõescalculado
Bailey, RobinNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Hunt, NeilNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Lomax, EricIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado

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The soldiers ... came to the evacuees sitting numbly in the veranda of the accounts office.... they were ordered to give up all fountain-pens and wrist-watches and rings.... Jean lost her watch and had her bag searched for a fountain-pen, but she had packed it in her luggage.
Ayer Penchis ... was a Malay village which housed the labour for a number of rubber plantations in the vicinity. The latex-processing plant of one stood near at hand and by it was a sort of palm thatch barn, used normally for smoking sheets of the raw rubber hung on horizontal laths.
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"A Town Like Alice" was originally published as "The Legacy".
This seems to be a straight translation of A Town like Alice into Finnish, but the ISBN is of an abridgement. It probably should not be combined with either work.
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Fiction. Literature. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:Nevil Shute's most beloved novel, a tale of love and war, follows its enterprising heroine from the Malayan jungle during World War II to the rugged Australian outback.
Jean Paget, a young Englishwoman living in Malaya, is captured by the invading Japanese and forced on a brutal seven-month death march with dozens of other women and children. A few years after the war, Jean is back in England, the nightmare behind her. However, an unexpected inheritance inspires her to return to Malaya to give something back to the villagers who saved her life. But it turns out that they have a gift for her as well: the news that the young Australian soldier, Joe Harmon, who had risked his life to help the women, had miraculously survived. Jean's search for Joe leads her to a desolate Australian outpost called Willstown, where she finds a challenge that will draw on all the resourcefulness and spirit that carried her through her war-time ordeals.

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