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    ”I suppose it is because I have lived rather a restricted life myself that I have found so much enjoyment in remembering what I have learned in these last years about brave people and strange scenes I have sat here day after day this winter sleeping a good deal in my chair hardly knowing if I was in London or the Gulf country dreaming of the blazing sunshine of poddy dodging and black stockmen of Cairns and of Green

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    There are books we can't be entirely rational about For good or bad they push our personal buttons and we adore or detest them beyond their own merits A Town Like Alice is one of those books I love beyond reason It contains courage determination when the odds are against you and taking action to change others' lives and the world around you for the better It has some bittersweet moments as well as a little bit of roma

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    My first read by this author and it definitely won't be my last Felt like this was two stories held together by the indefatiable Jean Paget sh

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    I couldn't tell you why I have resisted reading A Town Like Alice for so many years But I did Perhaps it is for the best whatever time it is we chose to land a particular book in our handsWhen I began to read Shute's book I uickly fell into it Noel Strachan is perhaps one of the most charming narrators I've encountered S

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    I wanted to read this book for such a very long time I don't know why But finally it was done and the tick on the Bucket List is happily added The story is based on a true story and therefore can be expected to be treated with utmost respect Fact and fiction is entwined here in such a way that the distinction between tale and tru

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    Jean Paget was part of a group of women and children captured by the Japanese at the beginning of the invasion of Malaya The men were sent to camps while their captors didn’t know what to do with the women and children And so began the horrific march across Malaya from one place to the next over miles and miles of dense jungle During the walk several of their party died but Jean’s role as leader went well as she was the onl

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    Nevil Shute's sweeping novel sees privileged Englishwoman Jean Paget upended from her expat life in colonial Malaya by the invading Japanese in WWIIPaget somehow survives the brutality of an enforced death march through a jungle peninsula and eschews the home comforts of post war England for altruistic work in far flung climes Malaya and the Australian outbackThis is a compelling read despite it seeming a bit

  8. says:

    A Town Like Alice reminds me so much of my favorite book Mrs Mike Both catalog the difficulties and triumphs of living in remote areas Both are historical Both have a strong and engaging female protagonist who are in love with a man responsibly tied to a piece of land Neither are fluffy Harleuins but make that pit in the bottom of your stom

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    This novel had been lying about my house in India for a long time an old copy somebody abandoned I couldn't even recognise the name written on the cover Old houses gather books like they do other things moth eaten clothes faded photographs and chipped chinaware This vacation it kept on intruding itself into my consciousness so I said What the hell and finally decided to read itThe book pulled me into it at the beginning I liked the roundab

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    The author Nevil Shute left Britain and migrated to Australia because he believed that the advent of the Welfare State would cause people to go softview spoiler because obviously life should be hard and characterised by arbitrary harshness towards one another that's what toughens people up so they can steal chickens fro

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Nevil Shute’s most beloved novel a tale of love and war follows its enterprising heroine from the Malayan jungle during World War II to the rugged Australian outbackJean Paget a young Englishwoman living in Malaya is captured by the invading Ja My first read by this author and it definitely won t be my last Felt like this was two stories held together by the indefatiable Jean Paget she certainly is a wonderful well written character Loved out narrator Noel the older gentlemanly London soliciter who administers the estate left to Jean from an uncle she little remembers There are no gimmicks here just some good old fashioned story telling with the added bonus of one learning uite a bit about Malaya though the events here were actually perpetuated in Sumatra and about Australia and the ghost towns left empty after the gold Rush The author explains this and also that Jean s character was created to honor the very real woman who went through what Jean does after the Japanese invasion It is no wonder then that I felt this part of the book was written the bestueensland Australia and the stations at Wells town is the setting for the second half connected of course by Jean and a person she meets in Malaya He will be the reason she travels to Australia where she will make the most of her inheritance by improving the town she will soon call home I love her character she never gives up plans and changes thing not to her liking and at a time when not many women had the ways nor means to do these things I enjoyed this story immensely and loved the feelings ng I got while reading this story especially the second half where Jean really comes into her own Plenty of good stuff here and look forward to reading others by this author

review A Town Like Alice

A Town Like Alice

Panese and forced on a brutal seven month death march with dozens of other women and children A few years after the war Jean is back in England the nightmare behind her However an unexpected inheritance inspires her to return to Malaya to give so I wanted to read this book for such a very long time I don t know why But finally it was done and the tick on the Bucket List is happily added The story is based on a true story and therefore can be expected to be treated with utmost respect Fact and fiction is entwined here in such a way that the distinction between tale and truth becomes impossible However the impact of the story is very real and very striking During WWII a group of English women were captured by the Japanese in the vicinity of Padang and forced to wander around in Sumatra for two and a half years In the real story eighty women and children formed the initial group and less than thirty survived The main character in this book was one of them In the novel however the number of women who started out was 32 and end with something like 16Malaysia instead of Sumatra is the focal country in this story by the author s own admission and choice The women and children obviously suffered an unimaginable ordeal which could only be stressed in a novel like this written by a master storyteller There was no prisoner camps for them set up and the Japanese did not want to take responsibility for them Their solution was to send them all over the place from town to town on foot covering hundreds of miles hoping to unofficially terminate their lives through exhaustion and starvation It worked The Japanese military leaders almost succeeded Eventually at the end of the war the remaining members of the group were repatriated Six years after the war our protagonist Miss Jean Paget the young unmarried leader of the group decided to return to the Malaysian village who took care of them for three years and repay them for their kindness And then she had to find the Australian soldier who risked his life for them She wanted to find closure but also give back in her own wayIt is a shocking story Heart breaking with out a doubt However a love story was waiting in the wings An amazing tale This is not a drama in the true sense of the word I got the impression that the author wanted to honor a friend s life story by turning it into a novel In comparison with the novels Garden of Evening Mist as well as The Gift of Rain authored by Tan Twang Eng as well as numerous others this tale softened the experiences of the prisoners considerably Nevil Shute portrays the ground level Japanese troops as humane towards these wandering innocent victims of the war It is probably one of the outstanding features in the tale The geographical and historical detail in the book are impressive In the end it becomes the story of a town being born when one woman explores the possibilities embedded in a remote Australian community The story celebrates courage and endurance integrity and strength of character The narrator is her solicitor Neal Strachan who goes to great lengths to defend his client s courage and self confidence in a totally chauvinistic environment The book was originally published in 1950 It must have stirred a few established social s and values at the time I m not sure where fact and fiction should split up It doesn t really matter either The author also spent a great part of the second half of the tale turning it into a travel journal Well sort of The charm and uniueness of the Australian outback as well as the beauty of Malaysia is presented in fascinating detail This was a good read in so many many ways

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Mething back to the villagers who saved her life Jean travels leads her to a desolate Australian outpost called Willstown where she finds a challenge that will draw on all the resourcefulness and spirit that carried her through her war time ordea Nevil Shute s sweeping novel sees privileged Englishwoman Jean Paget upended from her expat life in colonial Malaya by the invading Japanese in WWIIPaget somehow survives the brutality of an enforced death march through a jungle peninsula and eschews the home comforts of post war England for altruistic work in far flung climes Malaya and the Australian outbackThis is a compelling read despite it seeming a bit dated now and Shute can be commended for creating a modern ballsy female character in a time of authorial chauvinism