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One rainy night Peter Moran is driving across the Sussex countryside When he stops to give a lift. This is one of Nevil Shute s earlier works written in 1928 and even with his early writings you can see his uniue story telling style The story is set during this time frame between the wars and there were many interesting bits of history assuming he was using a true perspective that I really wasn t all the knowledgeable about For one is the tension between England and Soviet Russia the story involves Russian spying on English military facilities As well at one point the main character Peter Moran must enlist the assistance of Italians to help a friend from the Communists and he asks for the help of the Fascists interesting that they might be considered an ally considering the events of WWII The story is typical Nevil Shute telling the story of a man relatively mild and even keeled who is put in a situation that forces him to make decisions that become heroic even though he doesn t feel them to be heroic I love the way Shute lays out his stories introduces his characters introduces concepts of patriotism or heroism without preaching but at the same time making you think about what they are and what they mean He is a story teller one of the best and it was enjoyable to read one of his early ones and see how his style developed as he came to write my favourites of his later works

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So Disdained

Orps Moran's loyalty is tested as he agrees to help his friend even though he has acted treasonabl. Brilliant idea and superb execution

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To a bedraggled pedestrian he is amazed to discover an old wartime comrade from the Royal Flying C. I was an ardent Nevil Shute fan as a teenager Still am I plan to read all his books again So Disdained is Nevil Shute s second book written in 1927 whilst he was working on the gigantic R100 Airship at Howden Yorkshire He was the airship s mathematicianchief calculator working during the day with the great engineer Barnes Wallis For relaxation Shute started writing novels during the evenings It paid off with him later becoming the most popular author in the world for a time It is interesting to observe his writing craft develop Reading this book reminds me of watching a very English 1940 s black and white film and it seems structured that way The characters are a bit thin and there is a series of improbable coincidences But I suppose we should remind ourselves that coincidences are perfectly acceptable in art Shute tends to depict the Fascisti as the good guys in Italy as they were fighting the Communists Communism was stirring in Britain at the time and some mistakenly thought Fascism was the antidote not realizing it was just another head of the same socialist two headed rabid dog Shute portrays the overall decency of the English gentlemen of the 1920 s era with their sense of fair play An enjoyable easy read


10 thoughts on “So Disdained

  1. says:

    From the preface ”And then none shall be unto them so odious and disdained as the traitours who have solde their countrie to a straunger and forsaken their faith and obedience contrarie to nature or religion; and contrarie to tha

  2. says:

    This post Great war epsionage thriller set in the world of private aviation falls short of the very high standard set by other Shute works I've

  3. says:

    This is one of Nevil Shute's earlier works written in 1928 and even with his early writings you can see his uniue story telling style The story is set during this time frame between the wars and there were many interesting

  4. says:

    I was an ardent Nevil Shute fan as a teenager Still am I plan to read all his books again So Disdained is Nevil Shute’s second book

  5. says:

    It pains me to give any novel by Nevil Shute fewer than five stars but he hadn't uite hit his stride yet in this his second of 26 gripping novels Usually I feel a real emotional bond with the characters but I didn't uite connect to the main character Peter Moran and the love interest Sheila However this novel still features the Shu

  6. says:

    A funny little story really about one man who ambles into espionage for lack of other options and another who sees him for who he is and tries to help him rather than turn him in They were both likeable despite flaws But who wouldn't like a character whose hobby is composing musical scores? Also enjoyable the entire Sussex area is apparently happy to conceal a foreign plane and engage in secretly flying after Russian

  7. says:

    Peter Moran is driving home one evening in the rain when he comes upon a man walking along the road He offers him a ride and recognizes him immediately as a fellow pilot from his regiment during WWI He asks if he's Maurice Landen and the man denies it giving another name Peter pushes it because he's sure and finally Maurice acknowledges it is indeed him Peter takes him home with him that night and Maurice begins to share

  8. says:

    One of Shute's earliest books written before he had really settled in to his style It has the fussiness that one expects from him without the saving grace of a rattling good story He fails to bring out the relationships between his characters in a clear manner eg his relationship with Shiela doesn't seem real and it's never made clear why he decided not to blow the whistle on Lenden at the start Several incidents test the reader's willingn

  9. says:

    Brilliant idea and superb execution

  10. says:

    These old Nevile Shute books this is about the second one published uite appeal to me as they are couched in a st