Marazan

Marazan A story of flying drug smuggling and murder in the s Pilot Philip Stenning crashes his aircraft while flying from London to Devon He is rescued by escaped prisoner Denis Compton who claims he wa

  • Title: Marazan
  • Author: Nevil Shute
  • ISBN: 9780345020888
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Mass Market
  • A story of flying, drug smuggling and murder in the 1920s Pilot Philip Stenning crashes his aircraft while flying from London to Devon He is rescued by escaped prisoner Denis Compton, who claims he was sent to prison for embezzlement after being framed by his half brother, Italian baron Rodrigo Mattani Owing Compton his life, Stenning agrees to investigate Mattani s illA story of flying, drug smuggling and murder in the 1920s Pilot Philip Stenning crashes his aircraft while flying from London to Devon He is rescued by escaped prisoner Denis Compton, who claims he was sent to prison for embezzlement after being framed by his half brother, Italian baron Rodrigo Mattani Owing Compton his life, Stenning agrees to investigate Mattani s illegal activities.

    One thought on “Marazan”

    1. This is Nevil Shute's first novel. For me it was just ok. Still a worthwhile read for Shute fans, but I wouldn't recommend starting here if this is your first of his books.

    2. Apparently, this is the first book Nevil Shute wrote. In his introduction, he mentions that he had to write it through three times. It seems pretty similar to vintage Shute, which means that it's a GoodRead, well worth one's time. It has many elements one finds in later Shute books, airplanes, small sailing vessels in the English Channel, and romance that progresses as two people slowly develop a friendship while they are working together to address a problem. It's at once calming and deeply eng [...]

    3. This early novel by Mr. Shute is not as polished as his mature work, but it is still interesting because it shows the origins of the narrative style which distinguishes his later novels. Shute said he completely rewrote Marazan twice before publishing it, but it still is rough in spots. Character development is uneven, there are too much deus ex machina and coincidence for my taste, and the climax and wrap-up leave loose ends that I believe would not have occurred in later Shute works. All that [...]

    4. This debut novel from Shute draws heavily upon his experience as a pilot and sailor in an attempt to create a heavily lacquer of realism for what is more or less a potboiler of a plot. Set in the mid-1920s, the story revolves around Stenning, a WWI pilot who now works for a commercial airline company, ferrying people and planes around England and Europe. One day he crashes badly in a field while flying solo and is rescued by an escaped convict who happens to be hiding out in nearby woods.Since t [...]

    5. Phillip Stenning is flying an assignment for his company in 1920's England, when his aeroplane accidentally crashes in a field, leaving him injured and trapped in the cockpit. He is sure he is going to die after several unsuccessful attempts to free himself. As he is about to give up hope, he is rescued from almost certain death by Denis Compton. Compton turns out to be an escaped prisoner who was sent to prison after being framed by his Italian half-brother. Phillip feels obligated to assist Co [...]

    6. All these years later, I come to Shute's first published work. It's okay, sometimes exciting, a bit heavy on the dagoes and niggers, but of its time in 1926.Philip Stenning is a rather interesting character - kind of unmoored except for the flying community in England and certainly willing to go the long mile for a man who saved Stenning's life.A bit about facism that's interesting and Italian and English politics and drug running and the ways in which countries run national security.I so liked [...]

    7. more like a [7/10] - a decent book, considering it is the official debut of Nevil Shute (apparently his previous 2 efforts were unpublishable. A straightforward plot, a likable young pilot as the lead character, plenty of technical details about flying and siling, and an understated love story - overall a glimpse of the beautiful, clear prose and strong sentiment that will become a signature for one of my favorite authors. An interesting snaphot of England after WWI and Italy of rising fascism.S [...]

    8. This was Shute's first book to be published, so of course it's not nearly his best work, but still a pretty good read. It's a bit rough around the edges and of course quite old fashioned like all his work. Those who like Shute's stories are prepared to tolerate that aspect. First published in 1926, it reflects the social and political attitudes that prevailed in Britain at the time. His characters are not nearly as fully fleshed out as in his later books. The plot is more melodramatic than in mo [...]

    9. Philip Stenning crashes his plane in a field. Compton, in prison clothing, comes along and helps him out. They talk awhile, and Stenning offers to help Compton, who asks him to go to his cousin, Joan Stevenson, to get him clothes. Stenning decides to help more by pretending to be Compton and leave red herrings while Compton does what he needs to do. Stenning gradually finds out that Compton is trying to stop his half brother from bringing drugs into England, and Stenning is more than ready to he [...]

    10. Philip Stenning is a pilot who was forced to crash land his plan after mechanical issues. It was an escaped convict, Denis Compton, who helps him extract himself from the wreckage. In light of that, Stenning believes he owes it to Compton to help him make good on his escape. Only it's never that easy, is it? Re-read in 2015. This is listed as the first novel he published and while I enjoy some of his later stuff more, this is still good. There is sufficient suspense in the process to keep me rea [...]

    11. It is east see why this is a first novel. It is written in very matter of fact terms with no twists or turns. The main character comes across as a Cholmondley Warner type (Harry Enfield sketch) and speaks in a language that is very upper class. Tally Ho and jolly hockey sticks and all that. It's worth a read but is nothing more than a 1920's adventure yarn. I'm planning on reading his other novels as I am sure they will get better

    12. The author's preface suggests that Shute was rather ashamed of this, his first novel. Sure, it's not perfect, but for a first effort it's very good indeed, reminiscent of John Buchan and with the themes and patterns of later books already present in embryo.

    13. Captain Philip Stenning crashes the plane he is flying and his life is saved by an escaped convict named Compton. In return, Stenning develops an elaborate ruse to help Compton escape from England. This is Shute’s first novel. I’m so glad he went on to bigger and better things, but this was a good start.

    14. The first of the two Nevil Shute paperback novels I picked up of the base library's free table. Fun anglophile escapism in the vein of The Riddle of the Sands the The Thirty-Nine Steps. The perfect sort of book to read on a train.

    15. Somewhat different from many of his other novels, this is classic British pulp fiction of its time - that's not a criticism!

    16. Shute's first published novel, and for that reason, well-worth reading. The first glimpses of his talent are here, and though awkward in places, the novel still spins a fine tale.

    17. From page 167I am not of this earth,Nor born of mortal mother, But fortune with her turning, turning wheel, Hath brought me hither.A Gypsy saying.

    18. No Bad. It's an early Nevil Shute and even he in his preface of this 1960s reprint downplays this novel. For Shute fans only

    19. Someone else described this as for Shute fans only, and that is probably the case. I found it on my Dad's shelves back in the 70s and quite enjoyed it

    20. A good yarn of it's kind. Very confronting to read the racial slurs that we took for granted thirty years ago

    21. Not quite his best - but considering it was his first book, it's good. Shute always manage to capture you with his great narrative.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *