Description:Very Good+ 221 pages. Very nice copy: spine square/no creases...Very Good+ 221 pages. Very nice copy: spine square/no creases/one very small chip at heel, covers very lightly creased/one scratch that runs through front/spine/back but is unobtrusive, one brown spot on 1st page, pages lightly toned. Otherwise the book is in excellent condition with NO markings throughout. NOT an ex-library, NOT a book club, NOT a remainder. Very Good+.
Description:Fair. Pan Books X188 164 mass market paperback, lightly worn...Fair. Pan Books X188 164 mass market paperback, lightly worn and tanning cover, smooth spine, tight binding, damp stain first few pages top margin, tanning pages, clean text.
Description:[X188] 1964, 5th thus. (Mass market paperback)...Fair to good......[X188] 1964, 5th thus. (Mass market paperback)...Fair to good.......Long tear at the back of the spine, shorter tear at the front. Spine and cover creases, age-darkened, Previous owner's label....Pseudonym of Nevil Shute Norway....(Suspense Thriller)
Edition: Large Print edition. Large type / large print.
Publisher: Dales Large Print
Description:Very Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great...Very Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Your purchase also supports literacy charities.
Lonely Road was Shute?s third published novel, and the first to be commercially successful. The author himself said that ??the character studies and the love story appear to have smothered the plot a bit, and these aspects? seem to me to be the best.? Readers may agree that Shute?s perceptive humanity in creating and dealing with his characters is more intriguing than the rather complex tale of apparent Communist gun-running in 1920s England.
Wealthy Malcolm Stevenson is an ex-naval officer haunted by memories of war. A deeply reserved man with few friends, ships are both his work and his passion. Eligible young women regularly reject his proposals of marriage, and he turns increasingly to fast cars and too much alcohol to fill the intolerable emptiness of his life. Driving home drunk one night, he accidentally stumbles into what seems to be an espionage plot against England?s government ? and the mystery is somehow connected to Mollie, a paid dance-hall partner with whom he unexpectedly has fallen in love. The web of violence he blundered into is now closing around both of them.
Lonely Road seems an exceptionally bleak story for a young man to have written. Shute suffered his own romantic disappointments in his twenties: a fiancée who left him for a man ?very much below her socially,? as he phrased it; later, a gentle rejection that echoes the one received by Stevenson when, early in the book, the young woman he loves is taken completely by surprise at his proposal. (Shute?s girl was reportedly so stunned that she fell off her chair and burst into tears.) He later admitted to having taken these rejections pretty hard. He believed strongly in marriage and family, and seems to have envisioned himself as an aging bachelor, alone ?with no-one giving a damn whether he lived or died.? Fortunately, reality was kinder than fiction, and Shute was happily married by the time his book was published.
Shute could always tell a good story, even in his earliest novels. Lonely Road is not without his characteristic understated humor, sympathetic characters, surprising plot twists and an action-filled conclusion. Still, while many of his novels have their share of tragedy, few seem (to me) to have the pervasive sadness of this early book. Interesting and rewarding, and highly recommended.
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