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Nevil Shute (1899–1960)

Teoksen Viimeisellä rannalla : romaani tekijä

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Nevil Shute Norway was born in Ealing, London, England, on January, 17 1899. At the age of 11, Norway played truant from his first preparatory school in Hammersmith. After he was discovered, he was sent to the Dragon School, Oxford, and from there to Shrewsbury. He was on holiday in Dublin at the näytä lisää time of the Easter rising of 1916 and acted as an ambulance driver, winning a commendation for gallant conduct. He then entered the Royal Military Academy, intending to be commissioned into the Royal Flying Corps, but a bad stammer led to his being failed at his final medical examination and returned to civil life. The last few months of the war were spent on home service as a private in the Suffolk Regiment. In 1919, Norway went to Balliol College, Oxford, where he took a third class honors course in engineering science in 1922. During the vacations he worked, unpaid, as an aeronautical engineer, for the Aircraft Manufacturing Company at Hendon, and then for Geoffrey de Havilland's own firm, which he joined as an employee upon finishing at Oxford. He learned to fly and gained experience as a test observer. During the evenings he diligently wrote novels and short stories unperturbed by rejection slips from publishers. In 1924 Norway took the post of Chief Calculator to the Airship Guarantee Company, to work on the construction of the R100. In 1929 he became Deputy Chief Engineer under Barnes Wallis, and in the following year he flew to and from Canada in the R100. After the end of the airship project, jobs were hard to come by due to the depression so Shute started an aircraft manufacturing company, Airspeed Limited. This company was ultimately successful and built a large number of aircraft during the war. Shute remained joint managing director until 1938. When the business became too routine, he decided to get out of the rut and live by writing. The de Havillands, the first aviation job Shute had ever had, wound up buying Airspeed Ltd. He had by then enjoyed some success as a novelist and had sold the film rights of Lonely Road and Ruined City. At the outbreak of war in 1939, Norway joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Miscellaneous Weapons Department. Rising to Lieutenant Commander, he found experimenting with secret weapons a job after his own heart. But he found that his growing celebrity as a writer caused him to be in the Normandy landings on 6th June 1944, for the Ministry of Information, and to be sent to Burma as a correspondent in 1945. He entered Rangoon with the 15th Corps from Arakan. Soon after demobilisation in 1945 he emigrated to Australia and made his home in Langwarrin, Victoria. His output of novels, which began with Marazan (1926) continued to the end. Shute was one of the leading aeronautical engineers in Britain during the 30's and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. When he began writing in the 20's, he feared that a reputation as a writer of fiction might harm his engineering career. For this reason he published under his two Christian names, Nevil Shute and engineered under his "real" name, Nevil S. Norway. Nevil Shute Norway died in Melbourne on January, 12 1960. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

Viimeisellä rannalla : romaani (1957) 4,939 kappaletta, 178 arvostelua
Visii mustaa kanaa (1950) 3,774 kappaletta, 139 arvostelua
LUOTTAMUSTEHTÄVÄ (1960) 905 kappaletta, 32 arvostelua
SALAMATKALAISET (1942) 897 kappaletta, 37 arvostelua
No Highway (1948) 598 kappaletta, 21 arvostelua
Pastoral (1944) 591 kappaletta, 12 arvostelua
Onnen maa Romaani (1952) 585 kappaletta, 15 arvostelua
KOHTALON ARPA (1947) 559 kappaletta, 11 arvostelua
MURTUVA AALTO (1955) 548 kappaletta, 21 arvostelua
Round the Bend (1951) 504 kappaletta, 14 arvostelua
In the Wet (1953) 450 kappaletta, 12 arvostelua
An Old Captivity (1940) 448 kappaletta, 59 arvostelua
Most Secret (1945) 436 kappaletta, 12 arvostelua
YSTÄVÄNI JOHNNIE (1958) 395 kappaletta, 13 arvostelua
Slide Rule (1954) 369 kappaletta, 9 arvostelua
Landfall (1940) 342 kappaletta, 12 arvostelua
Beyond the Black Stump (1956) 331 kappaletta, 7 arvostelua
What Happened to the Corbetts (1939) 320 kappaletta, 8 arvostelua
Ruined City (1938) 304 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
So Disdained (1928) 283 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
Marazan (1926) 272 kappaletta, 8 arvostelua
Lonely Road (1932) 256 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
Stephen Morris (1961) 193 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
On the Beach (abridged) (1972) 70 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
A Town Like Alice [Macmillan Readers] (1977) 49 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
A Town Like Alice (New Windmills) (1958) 45 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
Vinland the Good (1946) 37 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Seafarers (2002) 14 kappaletta
Ruined City / Landfall (1968) 10 kappaletta
See List 2 kappaletta
Formynderen 1 (1988) 1 kappale
Formynderen 2 (1988) 1 kappale
Most Secret AND The Legacy (1966) 1 kappale
Förmyndaren 1 kappale

Associated Works

Secret Weapons of World War II (1956) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset81 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two (2017) — Avustaja — 75 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Once is enough (1959) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset70 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
Viimeisellä rannalla, 1959, ohjaus Stanley Kramer (1959) — Original book — 49 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
A Town like Alice [1981 TV mini series] (1958) — Original novel — 45 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1976 v01 (1976) — Avustaja — 31 kappaletta
Great World War II Stories: 50th Anniversary Collection (1989) — Avustaja — 30 kappaletta
A Town Like Alice [1956 film] (1956) — Original book — 28 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1960 v03 (1960) — Tekijä — 21 kappaletta
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1959 v01 (1959) — Avustaja — 16 kappaletta
On the Beach [2000 film] — Original book — 9 kappaletta
The Far Country [1987 miniseries] (1987) — Original book — 4 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Pied Piper [1942 film] — Original book — 2 kappaletta

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January 2022: Nevil Shute, Monthly Author Reads (kesäkuu 2022)


On the Beach gave me heavy Gatsby-esque vibes with the portrayals of Peter, Mary, Moira and Dwight. I'll chalk up the slightly annoying female characterizations to the book being written in the 1950's as overall I thought it was a fantastic book. It's been a long time (possibly even never) since I've read something so grim and haunting. I wasn't familiar with the book or movie in advance so I kept expecting some sort of twist or that it wouldn't end like it did. Highly recommended read.
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MattZiss0u | 177 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 8, 2024 |
A middle class apocalypse. There are two separate sailing competitions in this what ostensibly is a book about the world ending. Fishing as well. And so many train times and buying things, just basically a lot of faffing about.

Shame as well, I was looking forward to reading this when I heard the idea but it really disappointed me with how dull it was. And badly written in parts, to boot. Really the prose could use the most editing as it is horribly repetitive (there's a lot of sentences that repeat within the span of a page).

I found it hard to care about the characters or much of what they were doing.

There were a few interesting and compelling bits, particularly the grand prix at the end of the world. But even for the final of that the book ignores for fishing. Aghh.
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SaltyPitchfork | 177 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 30, 2024 |
Pacy enjoyable read. I love how he builds the characters in his novels. I didn't realise he had written so much.
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SteveMcI | 11 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 16, 2024 |
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.… (lisätietoja)
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AlisonSakai | 138 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 26, 2024 |


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