A Town Like Alice
13 journalers for this copy...
I looked up this book on cliff's wishlist site and there are 21 bookcrossers who have this book on their wishlist. I have sent pm's to all of them if they would like to participate in a ring/ray for this book. The book weighs 170 grams and dimensions are +/- 19 cm * 11 cm * 2 cm.
From the first page of the book:
'It is the story of how Jean Paget, a young English gril, became the leader and the mainstay of a party of British women and children, prisoners of the Japanese, in a nightmare trek through Malaya. Stricken by illness and utter exhaustion may of them died - those who survived owed their lives to Jan's fortitude and strenght of character. It tells too how she came to meet again the young Australian who had helped them - whose ghastly torture they had been forced to watch. How she starts a new life in the wilds of Northern Queensland becoming the driving force behind the transformation of a near derelict collection of houses into a thriving town of Alice Springs.'
Jean Paget has survived World War II as a prisoner of the Japanese in Malaya. After the war she comes into an inheritance that enables her to return to Malaya to repay the villagers who helped her to survive. But her return visit changes her life again, when she discovers that an Australian soldier she thought had died has survived. She goes to Australia in search of him and of the town he described to her. Jean sets out to apply the same determination that helped her to survive the war, to turning the community into 'a town like Alice'. She finds both her soldier and romance.
About the Author
Nevil Shute Norway worked as an aeronautical engineer at Vickers before setting up his own airship company. He served in both world wars and was a commander in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in World War II, working on secret projects. He flew his own aircraft to Australia to research On the Beach, before settling there permanently. His books are based on his own wartime and aircraft industry experiences.'
- perfect-circle, UK (int.)
- beekeeper40, UK (Europe only)
- soffitta1, UK/Czechia (int.)
- stubee & KT-J, UK (int.)
- bluecat07, D (int.)
- CaterinaAnna, UK (int.)
- jax987654321, UK (int.)/last before outside Europe), asked to be skipped
- LabSpecimen, USA (int., pref. USA)
- octoberskye, USA (int., pref. USA)
- fairydustwings, USA (int., pref. USA)
- HoserLauren, USA/at the end
Please abide by these rules:
- if you receive the book make a journalentry
- pm the next person in the list immediately for their address
- enjoy the book and send it on asap
- mention in your last journal entry when you have mailed the book and to whom you have mailed it
I'm not very strict about the maximum time you may have the book in your possesion, but if it seems like you'll have it more than 4 weeks please let me know you need more time. Communication is the KEY :-)
If you have ANY questions please pm me.
nawoo82 asked to be removed from the list, she has found her own copy.
It's ready for it's journey now. I'm going to pm the first person on the raylist today.
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Thanks dutch-flybabe. Posted to beekeeper40 this morning
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I really enjoyed this book having read it once before when I was much younger. I have also seen the film version of it too. Thanks for the opportunity to read it.
Mailed to soffitta1.
A really good read, the story and characters keep you interested right up until the end. It is a great portrayal of its time, the war experience of some women and soldiers in Asia, post war life in the UK and the outback.
Posted on 19 June.
Thanks soffitta1 for passing this on and to dutch-flybabe for adding me to the ring.
I’m not sure if it’s because of the familiarity with the places that I got hooked so easily, I have family that live in Ayrshire so there was an instant knowledge of that area and I’ve just come back from a holiday in South East Asia so that part of the world was fresh in my mind. The writing style was very pleasing it had a good flow to it which made it hard to put down, my first Shute novel but after this probably won’t be my last.
Thanks dutch-flybabe for including me in this ray, I’ve given this to KT-J to read!
I'd definitely read move of Shute's work if it's anything like this so thanks dutch-flybabe for letting me read this!
I'm PMd bluecat07 so will send this on when I get an address.
Edit 3/8/07: This was posted yesterday.
This was quite an interesting read. Thanks for this ray, dutch-flybabe!
As of Tuesday, 11th September 2007, is the book on its way to the next participant...
Thank you all those involved so far for getting this to me.
jax987654321 has asked to be skipped, so have PM'd LabSpecimen for an address.
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In the postbox as I walked to the train station to travel to the Birmingham meet. Would have gone the day before if only Royal Mail Online's CN22s printed out properly. Grrrrrrr.
I'm in the last 3 weeks of my masters degree (before I am FINALLY done school forever!!). It's a very busy time for me but I promise to start this book as soon as possible!
Thanks again for passing it along to me :)
When Jane learns of her inheritance, she tells Noel (and consequently the reader) her story. She sets out to travel back to this small town where she had settled down to repay them for their kindness. However she learns about other people she met during her time in the country, which changes her journey plans.
It becomes evident very quickly that this book was written in the 40s/50s. It has a relaxed nature to it and all of the characters are very polite and proper. Even with the slow pace, it captures you from the very start. While I can't say I loved any of the characters, I certainly cared enough to learn about what was going to happen to them. I did enjoy Jean though, she is a very business-oriented character, which I imagine would be hard to find a women of such outward business orientation in those days.
There was one part of the book though that I felt didn't fit. It seemed that the part of Mr. Curtis from the neighbouring station getting lost was just put in the book to extend it by an extra couple of pages. Looking back, I can't really see what purpose it served.
Other than that, a quaint book! I enjoyed it and I've been told that On the Beach is another Nevil Shute book that would make a good read.
Noel, a lawyer searches for a young girl who is going to get an inheritance. When he finds her she tells her story and what a story it is. She was brought up in Mayalsia, came back to Britain then returned to Malaysia to work as a steno just about the time of the outbreak of WWII. There were parties every night and it was a fantastic time.
Then the Japanese invaded and Jean was caught up-country unprepared. The Japanese had no idea what to do with these women and no commander wanted to take charge of them so they walked and walked. They walked thousands of miles. The conditions, of course were deplorable. Many died. The women were forced to watch the torture of a person who had helped them. Finally when their only guard dies they remain for the rest of the war in a small town helping with the planting of the rice.
Jean wishes to help the town who helped the women with some of her inheritance. What she learns in this small town then changes her life forever.
This is a very readable book with delightful characters. Nevil Shute has a way of pulling one into the story. Although written in 1950 the story still is interesting and keeps the reader's attention.
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