Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result. After the war, Jean tracks Joe down in Australia and together they begin to dream of surmounting the past and transforming his one-horse outback town into a thriving community like Alice Springs...
©1989 The Trustees of the Estate of the Late Nevil Shute Norway
Engineer, wife, audiobook addict. I live for those books that you just cannot put down.
I haven't written a review of this book and I don't know why. I listened to it over a year ago and I still find myself thinking about it. I've recommended it dozens of times. Here's all you need to know: push through the beginning. It's slow to come around, but once it does, you'll be so glad you stayed with it. It's a beautifully written, beautifully narrated story that drew me in slowly but once I was within the spell, it occupied me completely. One of the few books I'd listen to again.
I absolutely loved this book. Didn't know what to expect when I bought it but other ratings were so positive. I have around 40 titles in my library now and this is still among my top 5 of favorites.
I can't compare it to another book. It's just all around a fantastic story.
I thought the performance was terrific with this book.
A must read...
I don't feel competent enough to dissect a novel. My attention during school was usually focused on girls, sports and trying to figure out my place in my world and paying attention in class wasn't on that list. But I do know a pleasant story when I hear one. A story that keeps me interested enough to remember to put it back on when my busy schedule allows. This story was just the right amount of life for me. I think most of us good use just a simple good story and I highly recommend it. Cheers!
I thought this was a great novel. I loved the lead character, Jean Paget. She had such determination and showed such leadership. It is amazing to learn that a similar march of homeless women prisoners and their deaths really happened in Sumatra during World War II. Very fascinating!
I highly recommend this novel by Nevil Shute.
Alice is a beautifully written story about a young English woman who survives the horrors of war and goes on the build a life in Australia with a man who was willing to give up his life to help her survive the atrocities which befell them. Great plot with surprising turns and humor. More than it is a story of determination and survival.
Most of the reviews on "Alice" were by women with only a small percentage coming from a male perspective. Not a problem, but nonetheless, still had me curious as to whether this book was going to work for me as fiction.
Work did it? Yes! In a big way! Expertly narrated and told (not that it matters) from a male perspective, this story, once unfolded is simply glorious! The essence of life in all its complexities gush from the characters and events. I found myself totally, emotionally connected, to a degree I did not expect.
Indeed, both story and performance are extraordinary. Nevil Shute has given his characters an authenticity one seldom finds. I will be reading his other books. Robin Bailey is exceptionally good actor and reader.
This is such a great story. Robin Bailey is a master. I haven't enjoyed a book this much
in a while.
I just love this book, and the narration.
A sweet story of ordinary people of simply good character overcoming war, distance, adverse circumstances. You have to read it. Gives you hope I think.
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