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What the community says about A Town Like Alice
- " I have always liked war novels especially the setting of World War II. This story takes a surprising twist and that the setting takes place in Australia a location not really thought about during this tents collision. Explore this unique novel that combines fiction with nonfiction"
- "This book is a bit of a classic that I had on my bookshelf as a kid. I loved the whole POW story and I was really interested in Japanese culture. But as an adult, looking back at this book, I don't know. It made that whole POW story line sort of easy, less horrific. I guess for a kid that was a good thing. In hindsight, I'm not sure. I do think, on the other hand, there are better books about the British Empire and their colonies (I'm thinking of some set in India). So, as a best book for that category, I don't think this one works. "
- "his book is an epic romance, a war novel, and a story about turning a small desolate ghost town in the Australian outback into a thriving city. Warning: You may be up all night finishing it! The heroine is an ordinary young woman who assumes leadership of a group of women and children captured in Malaya by the Japanese during WWII. This part of the story is actually based on true events that happened (to Carry Geysel in Sumatra). This is my favorite Shute book (although there are many great ones), and Modern Library has ranked it 17th on The Reader's List of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th Century. I've reread this book several times, each time with great pleasure."
- " A Town Like Alice was one of the first books that my friend told me about. She knew my love of history and first thought of me when she had read it. I liked it, but it was at times a bit hokey. "
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- "This is a great true story! If you are in the mood to read a true story about one of the worst time sin this world's history and yet there is still true love keeping the story with an upbeat feeling of happiness . Jean Paget really goes through a lot travelling Australia in world war II, come find out if you will enjoy this book as much as I did."