The Far Country
But the two of them came from quite different worlds, and it is the story of their building a life together that Nevil Shute tells in his matchless way. With warmth and understanding, and with his natura...more
The author’s descriptions of the Australian countryside are be ...more
This is a wonderful story that I have found myself returning to a ...more
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 ...more
This is a book about normal people going about their normal l ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Still, a terribly romantic story with a great ending and as always much love for NS's sto ...more
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 ...more
Even though we don't live in the time period this story takes pla ...more
This novel takes place in post WW2 England and AUSTRALIA. It contrasts two very different countries at this period in history. An English young woman has the opportunity to go to Australia and falls in love with it and it's people. I liked it very much as an adventure story and a love story. The characters especially Jennifer are likable and interesting. Shute's female characters are always competent and appealing.
The entire book can be boiled down to: England bad; Australia good.
My experience with the book can be boiled down to: Book bad.
I have read it this book too many times to court. I was perhaps 10 years old the first time I read it. over the past 50+years I have re read it approximately every other year. Each time I have gotten something different from it. Probably from reading it at different stages of my life gave me a new outlook. I enjoy it immensely and highly recommend it to be added to your bucket list.
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.