A Town Like Alice

A Town Like Alice

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A Town Like Alice is a novel by Nevil Shute. Set during World War II, it follows the story of Jean Paget, who travels to the outbacks of Australia to look for the Australian soldier who saved her life. 

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  • Walter James
    Written on April 20, 2018
    " 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"
  • Joyce He
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "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. "
  • Larry Sims
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "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."
  • Stephanie Hunt
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If you are a fan of fiction novels set in Australia like myself, you should definitely check out A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute. This book managed to take a topic that I was never a fan of (World War II) and make it interesting. I liked this book a lot."
  • Tammy Simpson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    " 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. "
    Arthur Reyes
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Nevil Shute tells an unbelievable story in this one. Set in the time period of World War II, Jean Paget ventures to find the Australian soldier who risked everything to save her life. Moving!"
  • Wayne Holland
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I loved this book. It was a really good read. I love books set in older times like the Forties like this one. Australia just comes alive as you read it."
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  • Johnny Ortiz
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "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."
  • Alfredo Téllez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I guess war romance can be a different genre out there"
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