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The Chequer Board | [Nevil Shute]

The Chequer Board

John Turner, a young man with a chequered past, has been told he has just one year to live. He decides to use his remaining time to search of three very different men he met briefly during the war: a snobbish British pilot, a young corporal accused of murder, and a black G.I. accused of attempted rape. Along the way, Turner learns about forgiveness, tolerance, and second chances, and overcomes his fear of death.
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John Turner, a young man with a chequered past, has been told he has just one year to live. He decides to use his remaining time to search of three very different men he met briefly during the war: a snobbish British pilot, a young corporal accused of murder, and a black G.I. accused of attempted rape. Along the way, Turner learns about forgiveness, tolerance, and second chances, and overcomes his fear of death.

©1947 Nevil Shute (P)2012 Nevil Shute

What the Critics Say

“Not only a brilliantly fluent storyteller but also an ironic commentator on the world scene.” (Harpers & Queen)

"As a novelist, Nevil Shute goes from strength to strength, experimenting, drawing out life as he sees it, and setting it before us in ordered pattern." (Punch)

"Shute is a storyteller of an uncommonly veracious stamp, whose performance is more remarkable that his quiet and refreshing modest airs might suggest." (Times Literary Supplement)

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    "Dated? Not this one."
    Would you listen to The Chequer Board again? Why?

    I had read the book in print years ago, and was moved by it then. I found it even more moving in Audio. yes, I would listen to it again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chequer Board?

    The moment when he tells his wife, normally a remote person, that he does not have long to live and the way she shows her compassion towards him. I love the restrained portrayal of the hero and his wife.


    What does Paul Panting bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He reads it in a way that fully encompasses and is sympathetic to the period in which the book was set.


    Any additional comments?

    I had read only one other Nevile Shute book, ' Town Like Alice', before this one. Now I will definitely listen to others, as they lend themselves so well to Audiobooks.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "A good old-fashioned yarn"

    I really like Nevil Shute stories.
    They are simple, and moral, and have an old-fashioned innocence to them. But they are also extremely 'hooky', and never let you spend even a moment of the book without wondering what will happen next.
    This is no exception. It ticks all the Shute boxes, and, if there were pages to turn, it'd be a right old page turner. I suppose the audiobook version is a 'car-park waiter'...
    The narrator tell the tale well. Gently paced, and sympathetic to the characters.
    A right good read!

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