A Town Like Alice review ☆ 3

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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 Japa. 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 AliceNese 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 some. 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 only person able to speak the local language When the diminished group came across Australian prisoners of war Joe Harman from northern Australia did his best to help the group He was caught and brutally punishedAfter the war and repatriated to England Jean’s lifestyle was a sedentary one But after considerable time she learned something contrary to her beliefs and so headed for Australia in search of Joe; she needed to know if he was alright Would she find him Joe had spoken fondly of Alice Springs – could she find him in a town like Alice A Town Like Alice by Aussie author Nevil Shute is an exceptional tale Based on the true story of Dutch women and children captured by the Japanese in Sumatra Shute met the strong courageous woman who led the group through the jungle and wanted to honour her with this story Hence Jean Paget was born Originally published in 1950 A Town Like Alice is a classic I highly recommend

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A Town Like Alice review ☆ 3 Ç 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 Japanese and forced on a brutal seven month death march with dozens of other woThing back to the villagers who saved her life Jean's 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