An Old Captivity

An Old Captivity Young pilot Donald Ross has little in common with the Oxford archaeologist who has employed him on an expedition to the Arctic and still less with his beautiful but stubborn daughter Alix But once th

  • Title: An Old Captivity
  • Author: Nevil Shute
  • ISBN: 9781842322758
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Paperback
  • Young pilot Donald Ross has little in common with the Oxford archaeologist who has employed him on an expedition to the Arctic and still less with his beautiful but stubborn daughter, Alix But once the three of them reach the treacherous shores of Greenland, in search of the ruins of early Viking settlements, their destinies are inextricably bound by the events that unfolYoung pilot Donald Ross has little in common with the Oxford archaeologist who has employed him on an expedition to the Arctic and still less with his beautiful but stubborn daughter, Alix But once the three of them reach the treacherous shores of Greenland, in search of the ruins of early Viking settlements, their destinies are inextricably bound by the events that unfold there.

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    1. This old yarn of a novel feels as though after a minimum of plotting and the occasion assisting sip of whisky and soda the author just typed and typed until the book was done.It opens with the framing device of a man listening to another man's story. Logically the point of view in the rest of the book until we reach the frame again should be the storytellers - but it isn't (at least not consistently). Slightly oddly the end of the story doesn't match up with the storytellers situation in the int [...]

    2. [9/10] Nevil Shute does his storytelling trick once again. This is a straightforward tale of an archeological expedition to Greenland sometime between two world wars, three people in a small plane against a hostile environment even in the months os summer. And the story of two people from wildly different backgrounds coming to understand and care for each other.The author knows his stuff when it comes to early aviation and the level of detail both in the preparation of the journey and in the act [...]

    3. An Old Captivity is rather hard to pin down, in terms of genre. It's clumsy in places, too -- the frame story is okay to begin with, but then doesn't really do anything. It doesn't match up properly with the rest of the story. That didn't bother me too much, though. I got really absorbed in all the concrete details of this book: the plane, Ross' efforts to get ready for the trip, his worries, his sleeplessness the slow growing of understanding between him and Alix. Even the precise geography and [...]

    4. I enjoyed this book more than any I’ve read this year. I don't think have the ability explain why I like the book as much as I do. Perhaps it is Shute himself I like. To date I’ve read six of his books and all have been fantastic. Nevil Shute may simply be my favorite author. Shute writes about the hidden hero that can be found in everyday people. He gives us stories about ordinary men and women facing adversity. For the most part his characters rise to the occasion, but he shows us defeat a [...]

    5. Nevil Shute's style will probably not please the modern reader much, and that is unfortunate. His love of detail and the pains he goes to make sure of what he is stating are characteristics that I enjoy in his texts. Sometimes, he goes to an almost ridiculous extent to flesh out the reality of his background, when it probably would not be missed. Yet just as he does this, you can see him entering a truly fictional world in which, whoops, his characters suddenly do resemble real people and his na [...]

    6. Having recently read a series of disappointing, or just more challenging books, picking up another Nevil Shute novel was the reading equivalent of (or ideal compliment to) curling up in a favorite chair with tea and good music - at once calming and invigorating, familiar and new. A perfect relaxation read. This again features his great characters - earnest without being stiff, and good but not prim. An aging Oxford don wants to survey an area of Greenland for his archeological research. He knows [...]

    7. I'm not even sure I should call this fantasy, but whatever, my shelves don't claim to be an exhaustive list of categories. Ride-along time-travel In A Dream is SF for people who don't want to write SF; I probably shouldn't comment until I've read more Shute, but I get the feeling he thought SF had to have a certain plausible deniability and be separated hygienically by framing narratives in order to be respectable. (There's a really weird half of a framing narrative right at the beginning with a [...]

    8. At first you may think it is boring but reading on you're brilliantly captivated in the story of a modern pilot who becomes an illness while everybody depends on him. During his illness he hallucinates he was in a previous life. All in all it makes you wonder

    9. I really enjoy Nevil Shute's books. Yes, some have dated a bit, but this writers love for his fellow man, his excellent writing, and his perception has always delighted me. This is a paranormal romance in it's way.

    10. Donald Ross is a young man who learned flying in the military, then honed his craft flying about Canada, learning the intricacies of flying over the water and in remote places. He gets a job with an archeologist, Mr. Lockwood, who wants to investigate the possibility of Celtic settlements on Greenland. The operation is to be financed by Lockwood's rich, industrialist brother. There's a clinker, however, it seems that Lockwood's frumpy and prickly daughter, Alix, is to join the expedition. To Ros [...]

    11. I have always been a fan of Neville Shute. He is an old style story teller. Protagonists are always competent, kind, responsible, technical men with a standard for high ethical and moral conduct. And these guys always, in their quiet and non deliberate way, manage to woo the socks the gal. And, there is always a very off beat twist in the plot that holds you to the end despite all the tedious technical detail he sometimes gets bogs down with. I give it 5 stars when it probably only warrants 3.5 [...]

    12. Oh Nevil Shute captivated me decades is reminiscent of 'In The Wet'It's dated for sure by the technology, the manners (dressing for dinner!) and the mores but the stories are so well written that it doesn't matter. Neither the stories nor the characters are glamorous but they're all decent, reliable and thoroughly likeable.There's always love and plenty of practical detail in equal measure. After reading one of his books I always feel that I too could moor a sea plane, fly over mountains, [...]

    13. Around page 50, the book kicked itself into third and didn't let up for about a hundred pages. Despite that, the ending felt like a letdown. The resolution was imperfect at best and the energy just felt drained about ten pages before the actual finish. Still, a poor ending to a Shute book is only by comparison to his other works. Tracking down a copy is well worth your time and effort, so Read it!

    14. Great Book!I don't want to give away the plot. Do we love the same person over and over? Can some of us remember more than others? See what you think as you read this wonderful work of fiction that is based on archaeological research.

    15. Great writing, worth a read just to learn the fascinating story of the two young Scot slaves who colonized America with Leif Ericksson and to read how to fly in and out of Greenland. It has a fantasy element to it that sci-fi fans will like. Beyond that, an attention-keeping pilot's yarn.

    16. This was my third reading of this most entertaining novel. As you might expect, I thoroughly enjoyed it and very much recommend it to other interested readers. I will reuse my 2012 review (below) as my review for this reading.--------------------------------I returned once again to one of my favorite authors, Nevil Shute. Although I’d read this book before, at least 10 years ago or more, I eagerly got into it for this second reading. Donald Ross is a Scotsman who was raised by his aunt followi [...]

    17. I generally reserve five stars for books I'd recommend unreservedly to any well-read adult. This is an exception. The story here is old-fashioned and predictable, the characters not entirely convincing, and the writing is straightforward rather than brilliant. So why five stars?To start with, the story is told with precisely the right amount of detail. The reader is brought along on a hazardous voyage to the arctic in a 1930-vintage seaplane, and Ross, the central character, overcomes obstacle a [...]

    18. A man meets Donald Ross on a train which has been stopped in a remote place because of a train off the rails. Ross tells his story while they wait. Ross grew up in Scotland with his aunt who was a teacher. He went into the Royal Air Force, and then to Canada to fly float planes in remote northern areas. When that job ended he went back to Scotland and spent some time looking for a job. He hears from a friend about a job with Mr. Lockwood at Oxford for a photographic expedition to Greenland. Lock [...]

    19. This is a good old-fashioned yarn of a story and one of my favorites by Nevil Shute. Today, elements of his tale would be categorized (in part) as magical realism. When he wrote it, the story would invariably be known as simple fiction.I've reread this countless times due to its many compelling layers. Who wouldn't want to fly with an intrepid pilot as he journeys to Greenland, back in the day when such a trip was a costly, dangerous affair? Who wouldn't want to become caught up in local Native [...]

    20. Donald Ross accepts a job to serve as pilot for an Oxford don who wants to travel to Greenland on research of a lost civilization. Lockwood's daughter Alix goes along as well, much to Donald's initial regret as he views her as a spoiled brat. Alix is concerned about her father's health (although he seems fine) and both are very naïve about the rigors of the expedition. However, Alix proves herself to actually be very helpful as the trip progresses. The story is set in the 1930's and there are a [...]

    21. Firstyl, I loved this book.Secondly, I think the synopsis is a bit misleading - "A young airman, an Oxford don and his beautiful daughter are on an expedition to the Arctic. This time-travel story tells how they are transported by explorers of another age: the Norsemen and their long ships of a thousand years before."Not only is she not descried as being beautiful ever (it's usually the opposite in fact) and the time travel part only takes up about 5% of the actual story.I think that a little mo [...]

    22. Starts out like a classic Nevil Shute novel--earnest, highly competent, decent young man sets out on a difficult, if not hazardous journey/quest, with the requisite innocent young woman in the picture, of course. Nobody does this better than Mr. Shute, and I had settled in for a nice ride when I suddenly realized that time and pages were passing quickly and no acute problems had arisen for our hero to solve. Not only that, there didn't seem to be time or space left for both the problems and thei [...]

    23. I have really enjoyed all the Neville Shute books that I have read, this was did not disappoint but did not have the same level of finesse or as good a storyline as some of his other books. The majority of Nevil Shute's other books I have loved, this was I just liked.I did not feel the same level of connection with the characters and did think they were as well rounded or described in this book.I also found the ending of the book dissatisfying. It did not feel like closure or the end of the stor [...]

    24. I remember reading this while in high school or college; it is a trifle dated but still a good read. Many of Shute’s books involve flying, and often involve flashback stories or a person’s existence in a prior life. This is the story of Donald Ross, who had been a pilot in Canada and done some arctic flying, who is engaged by Professor Lockwood to fly them to Greenland to take aerial photos of a possible archaeological site. The Professor is naïve in the extreme about what such an expeditio [...]

    25. I was very impressed by the story, which, although it contained elements of the supernatural, is so realistic that it reads like a memoir! It tells of a young pilot who is hired to fly an expedition into Greenland, and in the process takes a dream journey back in time in the footsteps of a young slave captured by the Vikings.It is a tribute to Nevil Shute's talent that there are no villains in this book, and yet I found myself reading far into the night, compelled to find out what happens. Its b [...]

    26. Such an old-fashioned novel, probably even old-fashioned for its time. Sort of Jules-Vernian, in a way, though completely different in tone. Three perfectly ordinary people go on an expedition, and in the midst of the perfectly ordinary minutiae of the daily trials, the weather, the health problems, the airplane maintenance, something completely out of the ordinary happens. Since I studied the Icelandic sagas in college, I had a pretty good idea where this was going, but I was quite happy to go [...]

    27. This was my first Nevil Shute novel, and I'm not sure why I have never read any before now. The writing is clear and articulate, the story was engaging. The technical detail was excellent and other than the odd use of a framing narrative at the beginning which was superfluous and incomplete, the book was well-rounded and neatly done. I enjoyed it very much. SPOILER: The use of the Vinland narrative and think link to the Scotch heritage of the protagonist was clever and well thought out.

    28. Gosh darn it if I can figure out why I like Nevil Shute. By all means, this should be the dullest story ever created but somehow Shute manages time after time to make the mundane captivating. The plot is technically boring beyond belief; the only really interesting part - the actual point of the book - is brief and almost at the very end. As for the characters, they are just very plain ordinary people. So why do I like it? It must be voodoo of a nefarious British sort.

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