Landfall A romantic World War II adventure about the strength of true love and how it can overcome any obstacle A British air reconnaissance officer falls for a pub waitress but finds his lift in chaos when h

  • Title: Landfall
  • Author: Nevil Shute
  • ISBN: 9781889439228
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A romantic World War II adventure about the strength of true love and how it can overcome any obstacle A British air reconnaissance officer falls for a pub waitress, but finds his lift in chaos when he accidentally bombs a British submarine, mistaking it for a German U boat What begins as a romantic fling develops into true love as Mona fights to present the evidence sheA romantic World War II adventure about the strength of true love and how it can overcome any obstacle A British air reconnaissance officer falls for a pub waitress, but finds his lift in chaos when he accidentally bombs a British submarine, mistaking it for a German U boat What begins as a romantic fling develops into true love as Mona fights to present the evidence she has discovered about this tragedy in the hope that it will absolve her lover.

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    1. The more I read his work, the more I love the writing of Nevil Shute. His book, Landfall, written in 1940, falls into his 'war' period of writing. In its simplest form, you could call it a war story. Flying Officer Jerry Chambers is a pilot of Angus aircraft. His mission is flying over the English channel with his crew of 3 and, following a grid, tracking ships sailing up and down the Channel and also looking for German U-boats that might present a threat to allied shipping. One mission he sees [...]

    2. I’ve never been one for reading much in the way of novels, historical or contemporary; but thoroughly gripped, I read Nevil Shute’s “Landfall”, a Naval story (first published in 1940) at one sitting, totally immersed, utterly engrossed, barely noticing day change into night. The topology given for the Hampshire coast between Southampton and Portsmouth reads believably. The plot and characters likewise stand up remarkably well. Over-the-top heroics, bathos, sulking, none of those unattrac [...]

    3. I actually rather enjoyed this book as it was nicely balanced between the action and horrors of war, the romance between Chambers and Mona and the despair he felt after the sinking of the submarine and the politics that followed as the RAF and Navy tried to blame each other. The writing is easy to read and engaging, bringing the characters and story to life while leaving just enough for the reader to build on from their own imagination. At first I wasn't particularly keen on Mona but she really [...]

    4. Typical of Shute's work, the story revolves around aviators and their cohorts during WW2. Rich in detail concerning military aircraft and military life in general, it celebrates the character of fairly ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges. The rigid class structure of early 20th century Britain, while slowly being eroded still pervades society -- for example the idea that a young officer's military career would be compromised by a marriage below his class is being challenged but is st [...]

    5. Not Shute's best work - but worth a read. After some Boy's Own action sequences the plot concentrates on the determination of Mona - waitress in a café - to fight to expose an injustice which blighted the career of her pilot boyfriend. Shute is a bit variable in his portrayal of women and but Mona is one of his stronger female characters.

    6. A splendid story! This is the sort of book that people who read for pleasure should have. A story of two young people who meet and fall in love in England in wartime. One is an aviator who sinks a submarine while on a reconnaissance patrol and later finds out it might have been an English ship. Very much a "feel good" story.

    7. Nice little book.I couldn't understand much about the nature of the dangerous experiment the hero was involved, but that did not affect much my understanding and enjoyment of the story.It's not the best of his books, but certainly worth reading.I just love in Shute books how he describes the era. The language, the places, and people changed so much since the days of the 2nd world war.

    8. As with all by Nevil Shute, the characters are vivid and believable. This story has Naval and electrical engineering stuff in it, too. A WWII story set in England, I wonder who reads this stuff anymore

    9. In order to make them last longer, I've decided to only read Nevil Shute books that I find in used bookstores, rather than trying to track them all down thru interlibrary loan.This one was from the SFPL Friends of the Library bookstore.

    10. Superbly done Mr Shute has a penchant for weaving a great story with all the necessary atmosphere and deft characterisation

    11. 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.”

    12. A pleasant work of World War II fiction, which, thanks to actually being written in the forties, bears no lingering essence of Research or Anachronism that seem to plague so much WWII fiction written obviously more recently.Nevil Shute tells a straightforward and honest story; I would speculate that his sense of perception and his attention to detail as a writer are assets that served him well also in his capacity as a mechanical engineer.

    13. Although I'd heard about Nevil Shute many decades ago, I had never read him before. This book was quite good, and I'll likely read something more from Shute. The writing is a bit spare and to the point, so doesn't flow smoothly is it might in the hands of a language master, such as Dickens. But Shute was an engineer by trade, so I can cut him slack. The story takes place early in WWII, before the US enters the war. It is about a young RAF pilot who is part of a squadron who flies out over the En [...]

    14. I am a big fan of old English paperbacks, especially Ian Fleming and Nevil Shute novels. Something about them is just timeless. Landfall is a good example of a Nevil Shute book, combining a war story and a romance. Here we have Jerry Chambers, a hapless RAF Anson pilot who is involved in a friendly fire incident while courting Mona Stevens, a barmaid. After sinking the British sub, he skips town to join Bomber Command, ending the romance, only to redeem himself later in the book while involved i [...]

    15. I have just finished re-reading this wonderful Nevil Shute story, the first time being Nov 28, 2011. I again enjoyed it thoroughly. British Flying Officer Roderick "Jerry" Chambers is in the Coastal Command flying very boring observation flights over the English Channel guarding against German submarines near the southern England coast at Portsmouth. In his spare time he has fallen in love with barmaid Mona Stevens. During one of his flights he sinks what he is convinced was a German submarine, [...]

    16. Published in 1940, Landfall features a young RAF pilot/officer flying observation duty over the English Channel in the very early days of WW II. His task, at first boring, becomes more interesting than he might like when he bombs and sinks a submarine. At first proud of his accomplishment, he learns to his horror that he is accused of sinking a British sub which has gone missing. As usual, there is the obligatory young woman with whom the aviator becomes involved as the story unwinds.Once again [...]

    17. This is a great book taking place in WWII England. The characters and story are believable and gripping. Jerry Chambers, a pilot in the Air Force sights a submarine while flying over the English channel. He had been warned to look out for an English submarine, the Caranx, in a nearby place, but could see no markings on the sub which identified it as English. He shoots it down. Later, he is accused by the Navy of sinking the Caranx. He is sent to another base, having to leave behind his girl frie [...]

    18. Landfall is the story of Jerry Chambers, a WWII pilot who returns from a bombing an enemy submarine in the English Channel to discover he has inadvertently bombed a British one. He is transferred to another post in disgrace after a Court of Inquiry finds him negligent in his duty. Jerry remains convinced that the submarine he destroyed was not British, but only his barmaid sweetheart believes him. Nevil Shute's style in Landfall is unexpectedly 'light and easy', and I read it cover-to-cover in o [...]

    19. I read this book with my teenage son. We both liked it. In fact, he said he *really* liked it but couldn't say why. In the end, he decided it was because the characters seemed real (so the love story didn't seem like a sweet cliche). He gradually got used to their quaint way of speaking (for example, saying "I have enjoyed it, ever so"). I had two quibbles with it. One, it made sparse use of commas which made it extra hard to get the phrasing right while reading it aloud. Second, I had perhaps u [...]

    20. I love Nevil Shute's writing. There were moments that I couldn't follow because of the language of the times (I can mostly understand modern British English but have a little trouble with older lingo) but Landfall, about a man who may or may not have accidentally bombed one of his own country's submarines during WWII, is sometimes tense, sometimes a little plodding. Regardless, it's excellent storytelling and I'm tempted to dive into another Nevil Shute book.

    21. 'So let them pass, small people of no great significance, caught up and swept together like dead leaves in the great whirlwind of the war. Wars come, and all the world is shattered by their blast. But through it all young people meet and marry; life goes on, though temples rock and the tall buildings start and crumble in the dust of their destruction'. Shute sums this book up quite nicely himself. It's a nice little story, you know except all the dead naval officers, and completely untaxing.

    22. I've been on a Nevil Shute jag lately thanks to a friend's recommendation. Although his heroes (usually RAF pilots or fliers of some kind) go through ups and downs and harrowing airborne adventures, the reader can be pretty sure that he will win his lass in the end, and love will triumph. LANDFALL is one of the better ones. I'm reading these mostly for the atmosphere of World War II England as the memoir I'm writing about my mother's life is set there.

    23. Young coastal patrol pilot Terry Sanders is accused of sinking a British submarine by mistake. After he is transferred to test a highly dangerous experimental bomb, the woman he loves sets out to prove his innocence.

    24. I love Neville Shute's writing. This dialogue between Jerry and Mona seems odd, but I think it is very authentic for the period. This one is based on a true story of a British pilot was accused of sinking a British submarine.

    25. Typical of Nevil Shute, his books always manage to leave the reader with a feeling of general goodwill. An uplifting tale this one.

    26. I love those British war-novels. Although a bit straight forward, Nevil Shute writes really nice and vivid.

    27. It's not written at quite as high a level as some of his other books, but the characters are really human, and you feel for them.

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