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A Town Like Alice
A Town Like Alice | Nevil Shute
Jean Paget a secretary is informed by a Solicitor that she has come into an inheritance. She wants to build a well in a Malay village where she was a prisoner of the Japanese during WW2, causing her to relive her past. Whilst in Malaya jean finds out that Jo Harman is alive and goes to Australia to find him. This is a classic novel.
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LibraryCin
A Town Like Alice | Nevil Shute
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It was good. Odd point of view, told from Noel‘s POV, though Jean was the main character, so it was pretty much her story told by him, but at a distance. There was racism (a heck of a lot to our 21st century eyes and ears), sexism, and the end was pretty implausible. I don‘t want to say too much, but Jean single-handedly doing as much as she did? I doubt it. Con't in comments...

LibraryCin Despite all that, it was a good story. The author‘s note at the end was interesting – the prisoner march of women and children really did happen. 1w
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quietjenn
A Town Like Alice | Nevil Shute
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Trying out this one tonight!

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KerriNTurner
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It was Love Your Bookshop Day in Australia on the weekend, which gave me the perfect excuse to go book shopping (as if I ever needed one). Here‘s my haul!

CarolynM Some great reads there! 12mo
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CrazyLibraryGirl
A Town Like Alice | Nevil Shute
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Revisiting this!
#reread

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Kimberlone
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@Saknicole has been talking my ear off about this book for the past month or so, and I got lucky this weekend when I found a copy among a pile of giveaway books! Now I can find out if it lives up to my sister‘s praises.

Saknicole The story is really amazing. I promise it is not The Postman... Not that I am connceding that The Postman isn't good... Because it is. 1y
Kimberlone @Saknicole you should just in general not compare things to The Postman 1y
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ReadingEnvy
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Book club tonight! The bookstore double booked its meeting space and told us we had to use their cafe space. they didn't know we would require every chair and table! We're huge!

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Saknicole
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Rereading this lovely amazing thing while waiting to receive my DVD copy of the 1980s miniseries, traveling all the way from Australia... #riotgrams #bookandbeverage #australia #wwii #postwwii

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ReadingEnvy
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This month's bookclub pick, A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, starts in England with an aging attorney setting up a trust. Most of the story follows Jean Paget, who spent most of World War II in Malaya as a prisoner of the Japanese. The journey after the war is the best part. It's a slow journey to get there, but paid off. Warning - there are some racist comments in here that seem a bit harsh even in 1950.

Tamra I had this in my hands a few weeks ago from my TBR piles, but my copy is a tiny mass market with tiny print. 🧐🤨 (edited) 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I read this more than 20 years ago! Time for a reread, I think :) 2y
ReadingEnvy @Tamra get rid of it! My brain shuts down around mass market paper. Even in the vintage edition the print is a bit small and tight. 2y
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ReadingEnvy
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wormkim
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I came across A Town Like Alice in my local Oxfam shop by pure chance. I'd never heard of Nevil Shute or any of his books but I'm always excited by the promising red spine of a Vintage Classic!
Shute had me hooked at just a couple of pages in with this remarkable love story between Jean Paget, Joe Harman and Noel Strachan set in war time Malay and later in the Australian outback.
A Town Like Alice has put NS on my favourite author list!

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Sarah83
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Mcoun
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I loved the first half of this book. My expectations were somewhat disappointed in the second half. But, overall, it was an education about WWII in the Pacific and life in the outback of Australia.

ralexist It does seem to shift midway through. 2y
rachaich I've read many of his books but this is still my favourite :) 2y
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Bradleygirl
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"People who spent the war in prison camps have written a lot of books about what a bad time they had. They don't know what it was like, not being in a camp." - Jean Paget, A Town Like Alice (Nevil Shute)
#war #QuotsyNov17 @TK-421
#quotsy

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ralexist
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I found myself reveling in the subtleties of this Australian classic. So much of what we read today goes for the major impact, that it's nice to stop off for awhile and enjoy what's simply just a good story. In this case, the journey of Jean Paget's life is the extraordinary WWII tale of someone who would consider herself quite ordinary.

It is a product of its time however so be forewarned about derogatory racial language contained within.

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leslieisreading
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This story of #lostloves "follows its enterprising heroine from the Malayan jungle during World War II to the rugged Australian outback." I read it several years ago when my coworker loaned me her old battered copy. She thought that it was out of print, but recently I found this edition in a used bookstore. I'll need to reread it to see if I love it as much as the first time. #jubilantjuly

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leslieisreading
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The Lost City of Z - set in the Amazon, according to the map in the front looks like mostly Bolivia and Peru. (Haven't read it yet.)

A Town Like Alice - partially set in Australia. The other part is in British Malaya, which doesn't exist anymore. Although there's no direct equivalent to a modern country, most likely this was in Malaysia, not quite south of the equator.

The Pickup - set in South Africa

#setinthesouthernhemisphere #junebookbugs

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Lcsmcat
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This book is mostly #setinsouthernhemisphere, as all the best bits happen there. (The parts in England are important too, but not as exciting.) #junebookbugs @RealLifeReading

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ReadingEnvy
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First arrival for next season's book club. This is one of those classics I've never read. #bookmail

saresmoore I haven't read this, either, but that cover is striking! 2y
Centique I read this years ago and loved it. Enjoy! 2y
HKGirl I got this on Audible recently but haven't listened to it yet. (And never read it in print before either.) Love that cover! 2y
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ReadingEnvy @saresmoore it was the prettiest one on book depository. I have a few other Vintage titles like this and they are keepers! 2y
saresmoore Yes! I'm working on a shelf of red spines. 2y
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Pammyritch
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The ultimate romance. Amazing book.

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Verity
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This was the first book that sprang to mind when I saw #farflung for #MayBookFlowers today. This is sey in Malaya (as was) and then Australia. I adored this when I first read it & cried my eyes out more than once. I haven't reread it it a while, and I suspect there's probably a touch of problematic language in there because of its age. BUT it does have a more nuanced portrayals of Japanese soldiers in WW2 that I've seen in many books of this age.

Shawnie My mom just gave me this book. I guess this is a sign that I have to read this book. 😊 2y
Verity @Shawnie I haven't reread recently, but last time I did, I still loved it. 2y
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CrazyLibraryGirl
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My #bookishpetpeeves is when people mark their place in a book like this! You're damaging its precious little spine *sobs*
Seriously though, you can use anything as a bookmark- hair ties, random bits of paper, pencils- it's not like this is the only lazy bookmark option.
#marchintoreading @RealLifeReading

Joanne1 Oh dear, think I'm guilty of this. 2y
Saknicole I have the same copy of that book! 2y
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leslieisreading
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Used book store haul! It was 20% off everything in the store. I hardly ever buy books these days so I mostly #blamelitsy for this. 😝I couldn't resist this pretty edition of A Town Like Alice, I've been meaning to try Shirley Jackson, and I plan to read Their Eyes Were Watching God for the Read Harder challenge (classic by a POC author).

Joybishoptx Their Eyes is one of my favorite books to teach. The language is so rich and fluid. You will love it! 3y
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TirzahPrice
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Super behind on litsy updates, so here we go! I loved this one. I loved the characters and how their stories intersect. At first I was a little iffy on the narrator, but I got choked up by the end. It felt extra special to read my mom's copy of her favorite book, and I liked the epic feel of this story. Fair warning: Contains some problematic race comments that, while believable for the era, aren't cool. Also one weird remark about consent.

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lmcd
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One of my all time favorites. Just ordered a paper copy so I can read it again.

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TirzahPrice
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I've wanted to read this book for almost a year, but I never got around to procuring a copy. So I put it on my Christmas wishlist that my mother still requests because MOMS. She read my list and got SO excited. "I have A Town Like Alice! It's one of my favorite books of all time!" Then she went down to the basement and handed me this, but said, "I'm going to want that back!"

Must remember to raid my mom's bookshelves more often.

TirzahPrice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I know! My mom is a huge reader but her tastes shift in phases. This book was purchased approximately 20 years before my birth. I keep forgetting the my mom has read so much more than me. This was a great moment but the most shocking thing she's ever said to me is, "I've read Dune three times!" 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @TirzahPrice Awesome! Definitely raid her library more often! 3y
CaramelLunacy Oh, I read that one last year on my trip to Australia and (despite some of the race issues) enjoyed the story 3y
TirzahPrice @CaramelLunacy Oh yeah, I got to some of the race issues last night. Oof. 3y
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Wilkie
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Just a small town boy, living in Alice Springs. He took the midnight train goin' anywhere. Just a city girl, born and raised in London Town. She took the midnight train goin' anywhere......Romance, war, torture, bitching guitar solo. #setinasmalltown #photoadaynov16 #dontstopbelievin

Eyelit 😂👍👏 3y
saresmoore Hahahaha! Brilliant. 3y
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bookishkris
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Part two of my audible haul.

Lindy I'm partway through Redefining Realness at this very moment. It picks up considerably once she gets to her teen years. 😀 3y
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