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Ordeal Mass Market Paperback – 1965

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Lancer; First Thus edition (1965)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OPD1XO
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,061,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This novel, published in England under the title "What Happened to the Corbetts," tells the story of how an ordinary, middle-class family in England copes with the effects of aerial bombing. Interestingly, it was written before the German air-raids of World War II.

Four stars for the novel, but one star for this error-ridden Kindle edition, which I'm imagining was machine-scanned and never proofed by a human or even by a clever computer.

Decades ago, I read and enjoyed Nevil Shute's postapocalyptic novel "On the Beach," and then recently, my dad gave me Shute's "Round the Bend," a very different novel about airplanes and religion in the modern world, and I enjoyed it too. I've since read many of Shute's novels, most of which are set in England or Australia in the mid-twentieth century. I also highly recommend "A Town Like Alice" and "Beyond the Black Stump."
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As he wrote throughout his career, the writing is technically tight, characters are developed quickly and distinctly and the subject matter is interesting and the POV is unique.

I am a fan of all things Nevil, and this book does not disappoint.
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Originally titled "What Happened to the Corvetts," "Ordeal" gives a real feel for life in a small town faced with destruction. It's a real page turner following what feels like a real life family as they struggle to keep themselves safe amidst the chaos.
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I read at least 10 stories if not more for Nevil Shute. I have to say this is the least I enjoyed reading. Unlike his other novels, I fail to see the point behind the events to materialized and lead to the "ordeal" described. There are some high climax regions here and there, there is that anticipation and excitement to keep reading the arrive to the conclusion of a particular event, but compared to his other work, this one falls below.
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Nevil Shute is a great, but neglected, English novelist. Ordeal is one of his first novels, and our book club reviewed it for a recent meeting. I cautioned other readers to read the novel first, and then look at the publication date. The book was first published in Britain as What Happened to the Corbetts. Ordeal is the US publication, with a title that was expected to be more evocative. Give this a try. It is very cheap. then read more of Shute's works and check out his non writing career.

Daniel E. Spector, PhD
Jacksonville, Alabama
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