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November 25, 2017

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A Town Like Alice

by N@ncy

Author: Nevil Shute (1899-1960)
Title: A Town Like Alice (1950)
Genre: fiction (Australian classic)
Trivia: (NT)  #AusReadingMonth @Brona’s Books

BINGO COMPLETED!!  I went ‘the whole hog’ !!

  • If you’re feeling a little touched by the sun, then
  • …the Whole Hog may be for you.
  • Read NINE books this November from all of the 8 states and territories
  • …plus one freebie.
  • The FREEBIE can be any book by an Australian author or
  • or a   book written by an overseas author but set entirely in Australia.

 

Introduction:

  1. Noel Strachan, an ageing and widowed solicitor,
  2. …had almost forgotten his client Douglas Macfadden
  3. …when in 1948 he received a telegram announcing his death.
  4. Strachan becomes trustee to McFadden’s niece Jean Paget
  5. who has inherited quite substantial sum from her uncle.
  6. The real story swings into action:
  7. Jean’s WW II experiences in Malaya and
  8. what takes her to Australia is as much a
  9. …surprise for her as it is for the reader.

 

Conclusion:

  1. This was a delightful story.   
  2. Jean’s work in England as a typist, her hardships during the
  3. WWII and most of all her adventures in Australia.
  4. It is a war story, a love story and how one person can change a town.
  5. I followed Jean Paget’s journeys on a map…
  6. flying from Darwin to Alice Springs to Carins and back in a Dragon!

  1. Reading A Town Like Alice felt like a road trip ‘in a road trip’
  2. Title: the only reference to it is in chapter 10.
  3. A book should whisk the reader on a ‘magic carpet’ to far off places.
  4. After reading  A Town Like Alice I would love to visit Brisbane.
  5. Carins, Alice Springs and if I really could dream….
  6. visit Green Island where Jean and Joe
  7. …finally pledged their love for each other.

Last thoughts:

  1. I’ve read 3 books by Nevil Shute… (all during past.. #AusReadingMonth )
  2. On the Beach (1957)
  3. Trustee from the Toolroom (1960) and
  4. A Town Like Alice (1950).
  5. I saved the best for last!
  6. #GreatAussieRead
  7. #Inspiring
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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nov 25 2017

    I ‘discovered’ this book when I was 13. A new TV mini-series aired starting Bryan Brown, Helen Morse & Gordon Jackson at the time …& I fell in love. I read the book not long after & realised that there were lots of differences. The romance more complicated and less romantic that my young teenage self could cope with .

    I’d love to reread it as an adult.

    Congrats on finishing the AusBingo challenge – you’ve faired better than I !!

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    • Nov 25 2017

      I’ve just been inspired throughout the years (1st #AusReadingMonth year read just one book… On the Beach). Later I spent 3 weeks Reading Australia Felix (R Mahoney). You gave met lists of prize winners and 50 Classic Australian books (J. Gleeson) and I managed to raise the bar last year ( read 6 books). This year I dedicated the entire month to Australia….and never looked back! Great books are still yet to be discovered…and I finally know where Tasmania is on the map!

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  2. Nov 25 2017

    I read this in school because it was on the book list for our English Lit. In the end it wasn’t one of those we studied in depth but I loved this book back then!! Makes me wonder though what I’d think if I read it now – sounds like I might pick up things that my fifteen year old self missed!!!!

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    • Nov 25 2017

      I loved this book. It just shows you how one person can change a town!
      Thanks for your comments!

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