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The Far Country

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  1,158 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
When a young Englishwoman named Jennifer Morton leaves London to visit relatives on their sheep ranch in the Australian outback, she falls in love both with the gloriously beautiful country and with Carl, a Czech refugee who was a doctor in his own land and now works as a lumberjack. They are brought together through dramatic encounters and strange twists of fate, but thei ...more
ebook, 300 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Vintage (first published 1952)
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Algernon
Mar 02, 2014 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I have yet to read a book by Nevil Shute novel that will not let his generosity and kindness, his understated, amiable nature shine through and illuminate the saddest and depressing themes. The Far Country is no exception. It is a delicate and touching love story between two young, lonely souls, but the background and inspiration for the novel is anchored in what is probably the most difficult decision the writer had to take in his life: to abandon his own homeland and immigrate to the far side ...more
Kathryn
I’ve been planning on reading this for a couple of years, but somehow something else always takes its place! And when I finally picked it up from the library, I foolishly almost judged it by its cover - well, that and its font style and size, which looked a little old-fashioned, boring and uninspiring. But it really is a good story. It started slowly, but it picked up through the second chapter and after that it was very easy to read.

The author’s descriptions of the Australian countryside are be
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Lori
I LOVE this author! He is an excellent story teller that manages to tell a wonderfully engaging tale without any vile language and sex. This story revolves around a young British girl in the early days after World War II when times are hard and changing in Britain. This is full of excellent discussions, from a completely British perspective, on the social and political changes after the country was left devastated by 2 world wars.

This is a wonderful story that I have found myself returning to a
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Ally Armistead
Nov 28, 2010 Ally Armistead rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In "Far Country," Shute creates a love story of warmth, realism, and charming inevitability. What I love about a Nevil Shute novel is the absolutely unsentimental way in which it relates a seemingly sentimental tale. In Nevil Shute's world, you can have a man and a woman and a buzzing, unraveling story of their developing affections (what would normally be a recipe for a sentimental disaster), but never once does it ooze "cheese factor" or an over-the-top pomposity. Instead, you find yourself ro ...more
Bill
In its way, it's a relatively simple story, but I love Shute's style. He tells a story gently, lovingly and at the same time, matter of factly (Is that a proper word? :0)). At its core it's a love story, but it represents its time as well. Set after WWII, England is struggling to feed its people, life is hard; whereas in counterpoint, in Australia, the frontier so to speak, life is pretty good, wool prices are high, money is good, there is work available. Helen goes to England at the request of ...more
Rob
Nov 08, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Nevil Shute's better books. If you've read any of his better books before, you'll want to read this one. To any of my friends who haven't read Nevil Shute before, I recommend him. His books inspire me to feel better about the human race, without ever getting sappy. I've read most of his books, and so far every one has been a good read. Several have been made into movies, some of which were good, and some weren't. I should mention that some of his earlier books weren't the greatest, and On ...more
AnnaMay
Feb 12, 2010 AnnaMay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy his writing style a lot. It's very practical, and without my realizing it, he has given me a beautiful and (I imagine) accurate picture of the people and places of that little corner of Australia.

I'd like to visit there one day, for sure. I'm sure it's very different now than what it was (just like the USA is different now than in 1950), but all the same, I'd like to visit there.

His characters are very plain and that makes them very endearing. The heroine isn't some 'beauty', but has be
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Penelope Linton
May 13, 2016 Penelope Linton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fence
Aug 17, 2014 Fence rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Australia Jane and Jack Dorman own a prosperous sheep farm, or station. For the past few years most of the money they earned has gone to pay off loans and debts, but now, for the first time the wool money is all theirs, and its been a good year for selling wool. But Jane is worried about her aunt back in England. Aunt Ethel was the only family member who supported her in her decision to marry an Australian and leave England, they still exchange letters, and in Ethel’s latest she mentioned lit ...more
JayeL
Mar 20, 2008 JayeL rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pre-2000, own, audio, 2015
I know I read all of Nevil Shute's books, but I don't remember this one at all. I was very glad to read it again and remembered one part when I came upon it this time: the part where Jennifer starts managing her father's doctor practice within the National Health Service. I think I was confusing this book with In the Wet. The ending seemed like Shute may have been planning a sequel, but I am not sure and don't remember ever seeing one.

This is a book about normal people going about their normal l
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Sarah
May 15, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nevil Shute is one of my favourite authors, but this book is not one of his best. An alternate title could be, "England is a miserable place; Move to Australia," co-sponsored by the Australia Immigration Bureau and Winston Churchill/Tory reelection campaign.

The story of the characters was really nice, and the book is interesting when read as a reflection of how the British middle class viewed post-war socialism, but I found the politics extremely biased and quite distracting. Oh the good old day
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Michael
Jan 22, 2015 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
England about 1951, suffering from fog, pollution, rationing and other after-effects following World War 2. In total contrast Australia, where with wool exports hitting record highs making sheep farmers very wealthy, plus there is sunshine, individualism, freedom and a positive outlook. In this story Nevil Shute weaves together the two contrasting scenarios through family connections on both sides of the world. I found it interesting to reflect upon what the life in England was at that time as h ...more
Robin Winter
I was willing to move along slowly with this story and its disparate characters, all well-realized and believable, but I had the impression that the author himself was not focused on pulling his plot together. It is interesting to realize that ranking this, I had a hard time giving it a low score because of the friendly understandable world he let me share, yet so many elements were dropped, events critical to the characters happened off-stage, and the ending did not feel like one.
Lawrence Doggett, Jr.
Although this is only the third Nevil Shute book I've read he is quickly rising to the top of my favorite author list. The is a certain brevity and purity in his writing that I have seldom seen elsewhere. He will quickly have you vested in his characters and unable to put down the book. Even though the time period he is writing about is sixty years ago the themes and problems transend both time and setting.
Robert
May 17, 2008 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story contrasting the promise of post-WWII Australia and the poverty of Great Britain during the same period. It's by no means a page turner but it's well-written and the people are worth caring about.
Marisol
Jan 06, 2016 Marisol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro bien escrito, muy entretenido, cada personaje es memorable.
Larry Piper
Feb 04, 2016 Larry Piper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Nevil Shute never fails to deliver. At least he hasn't yet failed in the 11 books of his that I read. This wasn't quite so good, perhaps, as some of the previous ones because if felt a bit polemic in parts. But, none-the-less, it was surely a GoodRead.

Much of the story revolves around a "station" in Victoria, southeastern Australia, not too far from Melbourne. A station was a sheep ranch. Jack and Jane Dorman had struggled for quite some time to get situated, but in the past few years (1950+/-),
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Fiona
"He is a bad man and not serious, only when he cuts off people's legs and they die. I do not know why you go out with him."

This novel should have been titled "The Virtues Of Australia in the mid-1950s" or "Oh, Carl!" (the amount of times that line was repeated, I wouldn't like to count).

Jokes aside, this was a nice way to spend a boring afternoon. It's a simple story, nothing spectacular and nothing particularly engrossing, about a young woman discovering a sense of belonging 12,000 miles fr
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Lily
Oct 12, 2016 Lily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice story with a nice ending. Interesting, likable characters and settings. This is the second book I have read by this Australian author. I will probably be reading some more of them.
Ailish
Jan 01, 2012 Ailish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australian
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Smitha
Aug 25, 2013 Smitha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is funny how I have missed out reading some authors for such a long time. For some reason, I hadn’t come across Nevil Shute, until recently. I had loved his ‘A Town like Alice’, so when I found another of his books, I just had to grab it.

Jennifer is living in Post-War London. Life is tough in the UK, with all the rationing and the difficulties of a war ravaged nation. Britain is struggling to even feed its people. Jennifer comes to into some money unexpectedly, from her grandmother, who urges
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Bettie☯
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Christine
Feb 13, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Right before I read this book I was reading Nevil Shute's Pied Piper and thought I'd give this a go because I was curious about the characters. Reflecting back on the opening of this book, I thought of Shakespeare's Hamlet, where you see a some narrative about a character we don't hear much about for the rest of the book. (Therefore: if you started reading it and didn't like it, keep going until you get into the meat of the story.)

Even though we don't live in the time period this story takes pla
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Al
Mar 10, 2014 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A typically Shuteian tale, with all the good things that description implies. Set in the post WW II period, the story clearly conveys Shute's love of Australia and his contempt for postwar England, with its food shortages and rationing, labor problems, poor medical care, and generally declining standard of living. After a death in her family, a young, bored English woman undertakes a trip to Australia to visit her aunt who emigrated from England thirty years earlier. Her consciousness is raised ...more
Sue
Jun 26, 2010 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, australia
Jennifer Morton receives a monetary gift of four hundred pounds from her grandmother shortly before the grandmother’s death. It was suggested that she take the money and go to Australia to visit an aunt and uncle that Jenny had never met. She ends up doing just that. Shortly after arriving in Australia, she and her Uncle Jack come upon the scene of a bulldozer accident in the lumber camp. The camp is without a certified doctor. One of the lumber men, Carl Zlinter, worked as a doctor in Czechosl ...more
Gerald
A young English girl Jennifer Morton in the early years after World War II receives an unexpected inheritance from her grandmother, who as her last wish instructed Jennifer that she wanted her to use it to travel to visit her aunt in Australia for a better life than what the Socialist-oriented England had become. Following her grandmother's death, Jennifer hesitantly decides to visit Australia for 6 months with the full expectation that she will return to her drab but familiar life in England. O ...more
Scilla
Feb 20, 2014 Scilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nevil Shute does it again. This is a great love story about Jennifer, a young woman from England who goes to Australia and meets a Czech doctor, Carl, who isn't allowed to practice medicine in Australia. Jennifer assists Carl in two operations after a lumbering accident. The man whose leg was amputated managed to get a bottle of whisky and dies. There is an inquest into the death and Carl's illegal operations, but the local doctor and the owner of the lumber company back him up. There is a lot a ...more
Amy Smith
At the recommendation of a friend who really loves Nevil Shute (as did my late father-in-law. I think aside from On The Beach, a person either loves the rest of his work or it's meh. I'm leaning toward meh).

The story revolves around an older couple, Australian sheep farmers, enjoying a boom in the 1950's, while their UK connections suffer with food shortages and nationalized healthcare. The single-note theme becomes tiresome, but it IS refreshing to have straightforward storytelling and earnest
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Lizzy
Mar 01, 2015 Lizzy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gentle peaceful story telling with great description of places and characters. It draws you gently into the story until you get to the end feeling satisfied.

I like all of Nevil Shute's book and this was no exception. The story was based both in England and Australia immediately post WW2. Nevil described both places well and made you feel like you were in those places at that time.

This story was in essence a love story and the characters were described well and were likeable characters.

I enjoyed
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Kevin Findley
One of Nevil Shute's best! Not simply a good tale about life in Australia, but an excellent look in the England of the 1950s and the policies that nearly ruined the citizens then.

The main characters (Carl and Jenny) are given depth and incredible backgrounds to overcome in their mutual desire and love for Australia. As with so many of his other novels, Shute's description of Australia makes that nation another character as vital as the Dormans or Billy Slim.

Start scouring your used bookstores f
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Nevil Shute Norway was a popular British novelist and a successful aeronautical engineer.

He used Nevil Shute as his pen name, and his full name in his engineering career, in order to protect his engineering career from any potential negative publicity in connection with his novels.

He lived in Australia for the ten years before his death.
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