Probably the most openly romantic of Shute's novels. It bears all the usual Shute characteristics: Lots of stuff about aviation; quaint 1940's mores regarding sex (even though it was written in the mid 50's); and that trick, unique to Shute of suddenly shifting viewpoints from one time & place to another far removed, even to changing narrator in mid-sentence. Those familiar with "In the Wet" or "An Old Captivity" will be somewhat prepared for these abrupt literary gymnastics and will take them in stride and just go along for the ride, whereas a reader encountering such a trick for the first time will undoubtedly find it a jolt. Never mind, Shute almost always manages to have his story work out alright in the end.
All of Shute's books are dated, his vernacular stilted and very English. If that is too distracting for your taste, give his works a pass. Otherwise, just sit back and enjoy his great stories.
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