Lonely Road

Lonely Road Malcolm Stevenson a wealthy ex naval officer haunted by his memories of the war finds his lonely life turned upside down one night when he runs into trouble on a road near the coast What at first ap

  • Title: Lonely Road
  • Author: Nevil Shute
  • ISBN: 9781889439242
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Malcolm Stevenson, a wealthy ex naval officer haunted by his memories of the war, finds his lonely life turned upside down one night when he runs into trouble on a road near the coast What at first appears to be an accident leads him to discover an international conspiracy against his country and to fall in love with a dance hostess who seems to have something to do withMalcolm Stevenson, a wealthy ex naval officer haunted by his memories of the war, finds his lonely life turned upside down one night when he runs into trouble on a road near the coast What at first appears to be an accident leads him to discover an international conspiracy against his country and to fall in love with a dance hostess who seems to have something to do with it Malcolm s determination to expose the plot will put his life and that of the only person who has brought him any happiness in grave danger.

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    1. easy going pre-war political crime thriller which originally came out in 1932 and you can see some of the ideas ian fleming had as he knew Shute.

    2. Love, regret, vengeance and the possibility of redemption in unlikely places.I owe this book a review because I rather misjudged it the first time I read it. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it from the first, but I loved it as a straightforward adventure yarn, tied up with a touch more romance than would usually be to my taste. Nevil Shute is possibly better known for bitter post-war novels, and to my shame I didn’t at first realise that this book, first published in 1931, falls very much in tha [...]

    3. Commander Malcolm Stevenson returns to consciousness and finds himself in a hospital being told by a nurse that he'd been in an automobile accident and had a concussion. Over the next few days, as his brain begins to clear, he tries to reconstruct and remember as much as he can about what happened. What he finds out is that he had been a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time as a gun-smuggling operation was going down. He tells what he knows to the police and finds himself pulled [...]

    4. In May, 2013, I found this book in a box of books my mother had stored. It was a gift to my father from an unknown friend in 1955. I had to read it to experience what my father had read. I am glad I did. Interesting, thoughtful, and sadrticularly the war recollections and the early 19th century realities of social class. Well worth ones time

    5. Nevil Shute is one good storyteller. This is an old copy on my bookshelf, but I don't remember reading it before. Published in 1932, there is a lot of history to come, but of course neither the author or characters know that. It does fit in well with "after WWI" fiction.Like many of Shute's novels, there is a class difference between the hero and heroine and some time spent on technical explanations. In this novel it is ships, seas, weather. Shute is always quite detailed in his descriptions.But [...]

    6. Here is Shute quite a long way below his best form. I think this is largely because he can't make up his mind whether he is writing a thriller or a romance and so he blurs the two approaches and hopes it will work. It doesn't.The book starts out with a sort of dream sequence that Shute states in a preface was an experiment he wanted to make and that he thought was successful. I can only say in answer to that that I had to read it again after I had finished the book in order to make sense of it! [...]

    7. Apart from "On the Beach" this is probably the darkest and least optimistic of Shute's novels. Stevenson, the central character is a bitter, lonely man who in middle age remains obsessed with his experiences as a naval officer during the war. Having failed in several relationships with women and finding himself with few friends, he drinks far too much, drives too fast and doesn't like the person he has become. Then, by a series of coincidences, he meets a very special young woman and he suddenly [...]

    8. I must admit that I have really liked everything I've read by Nevil Shute. His writing is excellent, with lovely prose. It's a delight to read, in my opinion. This particular novel, though, I would probably give 3.5 stars if I could. It's a really good story with an interesting plot, but there can be no question that it is a tragedy, and honestly it didn't leave me with a lot of happy thoughts. Still, such a great tale.This book tells the story of Malcolm Stevenson, an unlikely, lonely (and poss [...]

    9. This novel by Nevil Shute was a bit of a strange one for him. That is partially explained by the fact that it was one of his earliest - his third, I think. Malcolm Stevenson is at age 38 the very wealthy owner of a shipbuilding business in very early 1930's England. Other than being immersed in this business, he is a very lonely man who drinks way too much. While returning home from a trip after a round of such drinking, he has what appears to be a very bad accident from which he barely recovers [...]

    10. Commander Stevenson was a bachelor who seemed to have accidents and had been turned down by several suitable wives. He has a bad accident in his car on the way from a drunken evening, but dreams of seeing a boat near shore and a lorry on fire. After rehab, he goes to a visit to his cousin Joan Stenning. On the way home he stays in Leeds and goes to a Palais de Dance recommended by the waiter in the hotel. He meets and spends the evening with a young woman, Mollie Gordon. After he gets home, his [...]

    11. I'm a big fan of Nevil Shute's, and I've probably read eight or ten of his books, so I eagerly looked forward to reading this one. I have to say I was disappointed. To sum up, a rich anti-social Englishman suffering from post-traumatic stress due to his experiences in the Great War stumbles upon a criminal plot, and meets a wonderful girl. The plot is well-paced with a couple twists, and the characters are like characters in other Nevil Shute books. The problem is that this book doesn't leave th [...]

    12. Wow, another gem from Nevil Shute! He reminds me a bit of Willa Cather. Real life is presented in a calm, matter of fact way. This book involves a man who owns a boat yard, was a naval officer in WWI, is single, and who drinks too much. During one of his drunken drives, he may have had a bad accident, or perhaps not. Not too long thereafter, after befriending a dance-hall girl in Leeds (sixpence a dance) and hearing her chatter about her brother, hearing his cousin's spouse talk about small ship [...]

    13. Shute mentions in the introduction that he used an experimental approach for the first chapter, and feels that may have cost him a lot of readers. I liked the experiment (a disjointed, nonlinear narrative that reflects the narrator's memories as they are coming together following an accident) and I got on well with Shute's crisp, assured style.The flaw in the book is the plot, which hinges on a massive coincidence that is only comprehensible if you think that the entire story is the narrator's d [...]

    14. Malcolm Stevenson, a wealthy but lonely man, wakes up in a hospital after a bad automobile accident. As he recovers, he remembers bits and pieces of what happened, which don’t add up. A chance remark by a woman he meets in a dance hall gives him a clue which he investigates further and discovers a plot to smuggle firearms and rig an upcoming national election. It also leads to grave danger for him and the dance hall woman, with whom he has fallen in love. The first chapter of this book is an e [...]

    15. Another of Shute's early books, and a good one. A wealthy upper class WW I veteran, Malcolm Stevenson, suffering from what we now call PTSD, lives a lonely life until by chance he becomes involved with a dance hall girl, Mollie. By coincidence, he ends up spending more time than he expected with her while on the trail of a suspicious occurrence near his home. Their relationship moves along erratically, but beautifully developed by Shute, while Stevenson tries to balance his growing feelings for [...]

    16. What I loved about this book was that I was never very sure if I liked Commander Stevenson. He seems like the most detestable character at times, but then he almost redeems himself. The first chapter was, as Nevil Shute noted, very risky, but a great introduction to the character and the plot. The final 20% of the book features great, suspenseful writing. I look forward to giving this book a second read.

    17. A rattling good yarn! Nevil Shute sure knows how to write them! Ignore all the stereotypes and hackneyed characterisations, the casual racism (amazing how often a "dirty little Jew" wanders through the pages)and don't look for great psychological depth - just sit back and enjoy. And this one has an unexpected warmth and sadness to it, which adds to the pleasure.

    18. I expected a solid 3-star thriller featuring guns! communists! sailing! a plucky tart with a heart! policework! a grim-faced hero! And while it had all those things, Nevil Shute's always a bit more peculiar and interesting than that. It has a kind of sustained sombre intensity, this one, and it really gets under your skin.

    19. A soft, gentle story abot a middle-aged bachelor who falls in love with a young dance hall girl.Nevil Shute's description of the characters and his development of the story make for a thoroughly enjoyable read.

    20. What a curious book. I found it endearing in parts, really odd, offensive, but in the end the technical part, the chase was well worth reading. The caveat in the author's own preface summed up the problems.

    21. I'm so close to having read all of Shute's books--only two more. He's one of my favorite authors, so next I'll read the novels in the order in which they were written to enjoy Shute's development as a writer.

    22. Brilliant, inspired writing - the opening chapter appears confusing but in light of what happened to the narrator (and Mr Shute's explanation) becomes fully legible as this very atmospheric, but measured pace thriller moves ahead to a heart-tugging end

    23. V readable, and I was glad it turned out not to be a Communist Plot, but marking it down somewhat for the resolution (if you can call it resolution) of the actual emotional arc. There is a name for that trope.

    24. This is a book I read years ago and I enjoyed it immensely. I’ve read all of Nevil Shute’s books. The best by far is “A Town Like Alice.”

    25. excellent story as with all of Nevil shute's books. I'm rereading them all in the order they were written. this is the love story of a wealthy lonely man and a poor dance hostess who meet by chance.

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