Book discussion further reading guide kent district library. I think people are pretty much the same all around the world but and they definitely could end up being almost the same if they was raised in exactly the same way. The time has come to discuss the fascinating february 20 mobileread book club selection, a town like alice by nevil shute. A town like alice vintage international kindle edition by. A town like alice written by nevil shute ballentine books 1950 carrie chose julys selection and the night was cohosted at megans place all. A town like alice is a 1956 british drama film produced by joseph janni and starring virginia mckenna and peter finch that is based on the 1950 novel by nevil shute. Also included are some food and beverage ideas that will bring the book to life. Its amazing story of the strength of women surviving against all odds. A town like alice by nevil shute reading guidebook club. A town like alice by nevil shute 1950 mad bibliophile. At the bottom of the page you will also find useful links, all in one place.
I have a couple of easy, yet delicious ideas of foods to serve for your book club when discussing a town like alice. Welcome to book club babble, the site for busy people who love books. Jean paget, a young englishwoman, becomes romantically interested in a fellow prisoner of world war ii in malaya, and after liberation emigrates to australia to be with him, where she attempts, by investing her substantial financial inheritance, to. The book was a delightful read, and id suggest it as a perfect summer beach read if you are so inclined. However, i had never read a town like alice 1950 by nevil shute until a few weeks ago. Buy the book, read the book and join the discussion. My book club has read many of these same books, including pride and prejudice and zombies and given our similar interests, id like to make a recommendation to your club. Its a classic and shock its not on more must read book list. Just discovered this blog while searching for discussion questions for a town like alice. They would stay there for the next three years until the end of war. I wanted to know where the movie had come from, as books are usually better than movies, and i had forgotten much of the plot. If youre ready to start a book club, heres 40 of the best book club questions, for fiction.
A town like alice is narrated by a london attorney, noel strachan. I think i will be less apprehensive of war time novels, going forward. A town like alice by nevil shute summary this study guide includes the following sections. This is a statement that depends a lot on what you mean with basically. The book portrays a community and how it deals with the changes due to world conflicts. A town like alice tells the story of a plucky young englishwoman who becomes a legend in malaya during world war ii, inherits a fortune, marries her true love, and wisely uses her money to transform an australian ghost town. Ive been in a lot of book clubs, and i know its not always easy to get a conversation going on a book. And remember to check out our other book resources. A town like alicenevil shutefree downloadpdf epubfreeditorial.
A town like alice tv miniseries 1981 plot summary imdb. Moviechat forums a town like alice 1956 discussion was it really like. Thinking back, she recalls the australian man who made a great sacrifice to aid her and her fellow prisoners of war. A town like alice by nevil shute smart bitches, trashy books. The perfect book club is made up of three key things. It sure made it seem like they were better off being pows than off fighting alongside their nonpow buddies. There is work to be done, but all we want to do is read. A town like alice, by nevil shute the story begins right before the start of world war two. The second part of the novel follows jean as she attempts to find a life for. Town like alice, a by nevil shute reading guidebook club. This detailed literature summary also contains topics for discussion and a free quiz on a town like alice by nevil shute.
What alice forgot for our virtual book club this month, were talking about what alice forgot by liane moriarty, which i introduced here. The choice of narrator is a topic ripe for discussion, because while jean comes across as a truly remarkable woman the narration manages to. In the book this is found amongst the malayan women that has to work on the fields, look after the kids and sleep on the floor. A town like alice for those of you who have already read a town like alice, i thought id post some discussion questions early. Classics club discusses a town like alice parnassus books. People who spent the war in prison camps have written a lot of books.
Every book page contains useful information for your book group including book club questions. Please join moderator kathy schultenover for a discussion of nevil shutes, a town like alice. Join with other readers over refreshment to discuss a town like alice by nevil shute. People who spent the war in prison camps have written a. A town like alice questions temp galesburg public library. The legacy is a romance novel by nevil shute, published in 1950 when shute had newly settled in australia. The film does not follow the whole novel, concluding at the end of part two and truncating or omitting much detail. For many years now it has been clear that when it comes to books, my father and i dont always see eye to eye. A town like alice join with other readers over refreshment to discuss a town like alice by nevil shute. An example from the book is the australians, whose culture is rather close to the english, but there are few englishmen who would have liked the loneliness in the big country australia, and even fewer australians, i think, would feel comfortable in the.
A town like alice, more than any other work, reveals shutes feelings about australia. A town like alice rape of malaya 1956 rotten tomatoes. About the book a town like alice, a novel written in 1950, is intertwined with romance and economic development. Carrie picked a town like alice because she would often find it on those.
Supersummary, a modern alternative to sparknotes and cliffsnotes, offers highquality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. Discussion even though cultures differ, people are basically the same. Both tell the story of rather uncomplicated people, setting out to change a corner of the world and succeeding. Like black rain, from last year, a town like alice took me by surprise. I think people are pretty much the same all around the world but and they definitely could end up being almost the same if they was raised in exactly the same way and had the. Even the rough treatment peter finch gets could have been avoided had he not swiped the chickens. A newly wealthy english woman returns to malaya to build a well for the villagers who helped her during war. A town like alice study guide ch 610 a town like alice most appropriately conforms to the genre of the sociological novel. Jun 16, 2015 however, i had never read a town like alice 1950 by nevil shute until a few weeks ago. After they are liberated she emigrates to australia to be with him. Nevil shutes most beloved novel, a tale of love and war, foll. Of course, that is the basic theme of many of shutes books.
Jan 28, 2019 please join moderator kathy schultenover for a discussion of nevil shutes, a town like alice. If you havent read it yet, it might spark some thoughts as you read if you have some of these questions in mind. A town like alice an exciting story of a woman who has such success, vision, courage, determination. A town like alice topics for discussion nevil shute this study guide consists of approximately 63 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of a town like alice. While the blatant racism mostly in the 3rd act of the book was uncomfortable, the story as a whole was entertaining. Shortly after his first visit, shute decided to move there. Ive found that the best book club discussion questions are ones that are openended and that get people to share their personal opinions. If so, here are some discussion questions that will allow you to take a deeper dive into the novel and foster great discussion. A town like alice is one of those books i love beyond reason. In alice in wonderland, alice grows and shrinks and nothing quite fits just like life, says one reader. Parnassus book club meetings are free and open to anyone. Sep 11, 2019 the perfect book club is made up of three key things.
A town like alice vintage international kindle edition. The discussion will begin on november 1, 2011 where. Are you or your book club members reading a town like alice by nevil shute. I think people are pretty much the same all around the world but and they definitely could end up being almost the same if they was raised in exactly the same way and had the exact same possibilities in life. The literary edit was named the london book fairs inaugural book blog of the year, and is a stylish online space for readers, writers and literary travellers.
From the steamy jungles of malaya to the dusty and desolate outback of australia. Jean paget, an adolescent englishwoman, becomes romantically involved with a fellow wwii prisoner, joe harmon, in malaya now the western portion of malaysia. A town like alice a 1950s exciting story, of a woman who has such success, vision, courage and determination. Please post the chapter and or page number at the top of your post. One of my two favorite shute books is a town like alice aka the legacy. A town like alice by nevil shute in 2020 book club books. The main character, jean, is a secretary in a shoe factory. One way to bring any book to life is to serve food and drink consistent with the time period and countrycountries in which it took place. Set against the brutal chaos of world war ii, a love story begins that will take two lovers through a living nightmare of captivity, across three continents and two decades.
A town like alice by nevil shute book club deep dive. The first two things are easy to accomplish just read anything by. Ill throw out a few topics for discussion, and you can write your responses about these topics or anything else youd like to say in the comment section. At the time they were published, his books would not have been classified as romances but as. Download nevil shutes a town like alice for your kindle, tablet, ipad, pc or mobile.
A town like alice is a bonza book as one of its main characters, joe hardman of australia, would say about two love stories, two adventures and two remarkable characters inspired by a reallife man and woman who displayed remarkable bravery during wwii. Set in both malaysia and then the australian outback, its easy to see why a town like alice is so well known and a classic. Book club questions for still alice book club babble. The third section of the novel records joe and jeans relationship and marriage, and jeans attempts to turn willstown into a town like alice. Britishaustralian author nevil shutes historical romance novel a town like alice. A town like alice most appropriately conforms to the genre of the sociological novel. A town like alice appears to be a war novel on the surface, being published in 1950, but it was written when he was presumably doing some traveling in southeast asia and australia. The fruit fluff was the hit of the night not to mention the root beer floats. Also type spoiler when given away a major plot element. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of a town like alice by nevil shute. They say that it can take three times for you to hear about a book before you read it.1108 402 252 528 698 299 570 933 1273 821 486 685 934 650 19 1480 323 1506 200 460 1392 1407 1180 1135 516 817 514 624 518 305 1169 1040 155 531 262 810 730 1273 787 546 177 157 225 1038 69