Round the Bend
With little more than personal grit and an antique aircraft, Cutter organizes an independent flying service on the Persian Gulf. He sees opportunities everywhere, also dangers.
"In Cutter's growth from pro...more
The narrator of Round The Bend is Alan Cutter, an aircraft engineer, pilot and entrepreneur who starts an air freight business in Bahrain. The story is the account of his frie ...more
Nevil Shute was a great writer and a wonderful person. Aviation in his time did for those few people who pursued it what the internet does in ours for everyone: makes the world into our own small neighborhood. Connie is one of my favorite characte ...more
Here's a quote about one of the minor characters :
"Dwight was an American, a soldier of fortune by profession. Wherever there is trouble in the world the Dwights of all nations foregather. There are not very many of them, thirty or forty perhaps, and they are all supremely competent men because because the ot ...more
Is Connie, born of a Russian mother and Chinese father and always interested in religion, really round the bend? Is he the prophet who will save the world? Or is he just a good man and efficient engineer?
Like most of Nevil Shute's ideas, it's simple, yet wacky, and he narrates the story in a way that keeps you reading ...more
Perhaps what I like best is that is seems the last kind of book a post-Victorian English Man would have written, especially one born into the “upper middle class”. He treats the "non-Europeans" like people, and not "wogs". He shows disdain for Europeans who do treat people like "wogs". As a wog myself I appreciate ...more
This one, other the other hand, involved Tom Cutter, a Brit whose main emotional ties were with aircraft from the time he was very young. The novel is rather like a tedious log of flying and buying various planes as he builds his own flying business in the Middle East and Asia from his home airfield of Bahrain -- an is ...more
Actually, it's mostly airplanes, or aeroplanes I suppose, given that Shute was a Brit/Aussie. Anyway, Tom Cutter got enamored by airplanes at an early age. Basically, he ran away from home at 12 or so to join the circus, the air circus. He made friends with Connie Shaklin, also a young man in the circus. Shaklin was also half Chinese, for what that's worth.
Well, the war comes (WWII) a ...more
Shute's Siddhartha, a man named Connie S ...more
This book is so matter-of-fact, I will write my review as much like it as possible. It is a first person book. There is virtually no description at all. There is only the story. It is a story about a person starting an aviation company in the Middle East. Somewhere early on, somebody dies, but there's no emotion in this book either, so there we go. It just happened. Much of it reads like a travel itinerary ...more
The book was interesting, although you could see the minor twist at the end coming a mile off- but at least that did give a purpose to the whole thing. The book lost me a bit in the final third though. As a first person narration with a si ...more
This could almost be categorised as a boy's book - lots of mechanical details; fast paced narrative without too much description. However, Shute tackles some important themes, quite surprising since it was written in the 1950's. Religion, racism and colonialism. Discussing the religion, it was interesting to consider that it was almost a precursor to mindfulness - value what you do and how you do it - for ...more
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.