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
I'm a piper and a knitter, and reading is my drug of choice.
This is one of my all-time favorites! The narrator did an exceptional job with the accents, and was very clear. I guess he could have paused a little longer between parts of conversation, just so I'd know there was a change of person, but I was able to follow it all. The characters were excellently developed, and the story is full of surprising twists.
I hadn't read Nevil Shute since high school , and cannot believe what I've been missing. "On The Beach"was required reading in my Catholic School. Perhaps if it had been this novel, I would have continued on to read the rest of Nevil Shute's novels. This was an excellent novel that illustrates the life & times of an extraordinary woman & her life experiences. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.
must read, brilliant narrator, you will be better for it.
a lovely walk about indeed
You travel through a world of love heartbreak and redemption
2.5 I imagine that this novel is better suited to readers in the time when it was written. You can learn a minimal amount about English women during World War II Japan and a little about the lingo and development of the Australian outback. I am not persuaded of its accuracy. It is a slow novel with an interesting title that follows the life of one single woman. At some point it just ends.
I have finished listening to A Town Like Alice for the second time in less than one year. It takes a few minutes to get used to the British and Australian accent but the new words are explained very well. I will probably listen to it again next Spring Break.
I love Nevil Shutes work, and this is my favorite of his. I heard this story years ago in England and wanted to hear it told again, as before, by the wonderful Robin Bailey. Without doubt, in all my years of listening to audiobooks, I think that Robin's voice is the most outstanding and easy to listen to. This story is well rounded and I like the way it flows. Some old fashioned derogatory terms used in bygone days to describe aboriginal Australians are, to us today, a little hard to hear but are very much indicative of the day and part of that world. I would recommend this story of bravery and love in WW2 and the years following to anyone. Anything narrated by Robin Bailey, whom I would occasionally see in South West London in the 1970s, is worth listening to. Great stories have been, for me, spoiled because of the narrator. You get the very best of both worlds with this production.
I say a bit dated because some of the "racial" comments. They are very out of place today, and quite a bit unsettling in places. But if you can put the story in time context, and see past the few derogatory comments, this story is a great light weight romance that's written with insight and historical and geographical detail.
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