Round the Bend

Round the Bend Tom Cutter is in love with airplanes and has been from his boyhood He can remain in England an employee in another man s aviation business or he can set out on his own With little than personal grit

  • Title: Round the Bend
  • Author: Nevil Shute
  • ISBN: 9781842322895
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tom Cutter is in love with airplanes and has been from his boyhood He can remain in England, an employee in another man s aviation business, or he can set out on his own.With little than personal grit and an antique aircraft, Cutter organizes an independent flying service on the Persian Gulf He sees opportunities everywhere, also dangers In Cutter s growth from proTom Cutter is in love with airplanes and has been from his boyhood He can remain in England, an employee in another man s aviation business, or he can set out on his own.With little than personal grit and an antique aircraft, Cutter organizes an independent flying service on the Persian Gulf He sees opportunities everywhere, also dangers In Cutter s growth from provincial conservative to worldly entrepreneur, Shute brings us a fine portrayal of a man willing to accept pain and danger in his search for personal growth B O T Editorial Review Board

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    1. This reviewer cannot be objective when it comes to N. Shute. I love his work. I have all 22 of the books he wrote from 1920 to 1960. He is probably best known for On the Beach, a post nuclear war doomsday story. Popular at the peak of the Cold War. This story, however, is a great read. I find his work very intense. It is one of those kind of books that you'll be 50 pages into before you know it. I LOVE those kind of books. This is about a mystic in a modern world. Down to earth. Simple. Yet deep [...]

    2. I confess I don't know how Nevil Shute does it. This novel, written about 1951, purports to be the autobiography of an airline entrepreneur after WWII. He starts in England with a single small plane and gradually builds an airfreight empire centered in Bahrain. He has no interests other than his business, and he achieves success by pluck, unremitting hard work, sinking every penny back into the business, and hiring the best people as mechanics, engineers, and pilots, even if they aren't white Eu [...]

    3. Just finished rereading this one, and it's my favorite Shute novel and one of my favorite books of all time, notwithstanding the sexism of the era and the rather quaint and patronizing view taken of "Asiatics". For the time it was entirely enlightened. Nevil Shute was a great writer and a wonderful person. Aviation in his time did for those few people who pursued it what the internet does in ours for everyone: makes the world into our own small neighborhood. Connie is one of my favorite characte [...]

    4. Using multiple rereads as criteria for favorite novelists, Nevil Shute is easily my most liked. Set in the years after WWII, written then, it provides useful perspective on the Middle East. Here's a quote about one of the minor characters :"Dwight was an American, a soldier of fortune by profession. Wherever there is trouble in the world the Dwights of all nations foregather. There are not very many of them, thirty or forty perhaps, and they are all supremely competent men because because the ot [...]

    5. There's something about Nevil Shute's prose that is quite beguiling. It's not poetic or florid; more it's a quality of the way he scrutinises the emotions of his characters. His narration is cool, but much lies under the surface. The usual mood is reserve, endurance. But under that quiet exterior there is turbulence indeed.The narrator of Round The Bend is Alan Cutter, an aircraft engineer, pilot and entrepreneur who starts an air freight business in Bahrain. The story is the account of his frie [...]

    6. This was so totally lovely. I didn't even know it was actually a book about religion, or really, about God more than religion, thank goodness, because otherwise I probably wouldn't have thought I'd like it much. But I did. There's something I love about the just post-war novelists--this style was a bit similar to Jessica Mitford or Somerset Maugham, not in any tonal way, but in the sort of clipped dialog, and passages of very matter of fact description, and some of the lovely British slang of th [...]

    7. Mystical and magnificent - this book was real surprise to me. Post WW2, Shute is asking himself the fundamental questions of man's existence, through what starts off as an adventure story based on the life of a young Briton obsessed with aircraft. The other main character is a charismatic young man - half Russian and half Chinese - who is a skilled aircraft engineer. Shute and the characters he creates embark on what effectively becomes a search for religious enlightenment. One of them finds his [...]

    8. My favorite Shute book. A no-nonsense engineer grapples with the disturbing possibility that his best airplane mechanic may in fact be an incarnation of the Messiah. Imagine Richard Bach’s “Illusions,” except not written by a drugged-up hippie. Now visualize “Atlas Shrugged," except not written by a fascist propagandist. Mix non-violently and you have this weird, compelling, unique fable about a man trying to reconcile Modernism with Mysticism, finding spiritual value in technical precis [...]

    9. Nevil Shute is a great writer and much more subtle and seductive than might be expected. A plain-spoken man tells his life story which includes the story of his dealings with a life-long friend and a transcendent spiritual experience is the result. No one who has ever read the book on the basis of my recommendation has ever expressed disappointment.

    10. First of all, I'd like to say that, had it been available to me to give this novel a 65-70% rating, rather than having to decide between 60 and 80% then that's what I would have done. It's a bold book - all the bolder given its historical context - and in common with all Shute's work its examination of how human beings can live decently, faced with extraordinary circumstances, is thought-provoking and involving. It tells a good story too. Its weakness really lies with a naivety, or overoptimism, [...]

    11. Nevil Shute is one of my favorite authors. Round the Bend is an adventure/romance novel set in the first half of the 20th Century. It explores the themes of friendship, the early days of civil aviation, discrimination & prejudice, and how humanity might respond to a new Prophet or Manifestation were he to appear in the middle of the 20th century. My personal preference is the unabridged audiobook version. But Nevil Shute is not a difficult author to read and I am sure my friends would enjoy [...]

    12. Absolutely fascinating the best rationale of religion as a reason for diligence and pride in one's work, and above all, the tale of a messianic figure who really inspires but never gets swept away by the adulation he commands. But the narrator is no less a hero, for his diligence and openness, which is remarkable for the time he is in A grand narrative of the changing postwar world and one of the best works of this master story-teller

    13. I have read every book by Mr. Shute and the screenplay I am aware of, and he remains my favorite author. I think this book is his best, and it remains my favorite book I have ever read.Perhaps what I like best is that is seems the last kind of book a post-Victorian English Man would have written, especially one born into the “upper middle class”. He treats the "non-Europeans" like people, and not "wogs". He shows disdain for Europeans who do treat people like "wogs". As a wog myself I apprec [...]

    14. Not my favorite of Shute's which would probably be TOWN LIKE ALICE. Or ON THE BEACH. Both of those had characters who were emotional in complex, gripping life-and-death situations.This one, other the other hand, involved Tom Cutter, a Brit whose main emotional ties were with aircraft from the time he was very young. The novel is rather like a tedious log of flying and buying various planes as he builds his own flying business in the Middle East and Asia from his home airfield of Bahrain -- an is [...]

    15. This is the fourth book of Nevil Shute that I have read. The three others being Pied Piper, A town like Alice and No Highway. Shute is a wonderful writer and story teller and his books are so intelligent and wise. As in many of his books, this one also revolves around airplanes and the aviation world. It is worth reading this book because it can give the reader an understanding of the world after the 2nd World War. The book was written in 1956 and it is incredible how things have changes in not [...]

    16. I picked up an old hardback edition of this book for about fifty cents at a local book fair in Oakland about 45 years ago, having no idea what joy this author would be bringing me in the years to come. Like all of Nevil Shute's books, it is a quick, thoroughly engrossing read. On the surface simply the story of an airplane mechanic and pilot, it is also a reworking of the Jesus story -- something I am glad I didn't know in the beginning, as that might have put me off reading it. The value of the [...]

    17. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things-without even realizing it! I have collected all of Shute's books over the years and have enjoyed reading them many times. This is his best. Tom Cutter sets out to make a living in the airplane business and is successful doing so in the Middle East. THe real story is Connie Shaklin, his chief mechanic and his development as a messianic figure and the prejudice he encounters to his message.

    18. This book was completely different from what I expected, even several chapters in. It starts out as a quaint book that shows the really weird way Europeans thought of the world and "Asiatics" just after World War II - the author is so 1940's/50's British in the language that he uses. But, somehow it turns into a story about how an ordinary, but good, man can become divine. It's a plausible scenario for what happened to other "prophets" in antiquity, but in a relatively modern setting.

    19. An airplane mechanic and pilot goes to the Arabian Gulf to seek his fortune after World War II. He reunites with an old friendwho may be the next Enlightened Onewho is also and airplane mechanic. This is a thought-provoking book by a writer whose work has influenced me in many ways.

    20. This is a mesmerizing tale of East meets West. This is the second time I've read this book and I realized during this reading what a fantastic story-teller Mr. Shute was. I highly, highly recommend this book.

    21. To be honest, if not for the book box sale and the fact that I loved Shute's other book, On the Beach, I wouldn't have picked up this book at all. The basic premise of Round the Bend feels like a modern retelling of Herman Hesse's Siddhartha, but with an aviation twist somewhere in between. What Siddhartha succeeded in doing, however, is to discuss spiritual/religious topics through the lens of the titular character, Siddhartha — that isn't the case here. Shute's Siddhartha, a man named Connie [...]

    22. A Lesson In Taking Advantage of 'Foreigners' and How To Use Religion to Manipulate People.This book is so matter-of-fact, I will write my review as much like it as possible. It is a first person book. There is virtually no description at all. There is only the story. It is a story about a person starting an aviation company in the Middle East. Somewhere early on, somebody dies, but there's no emotion in this book either, so there we go. It just happened. Much of it reads like a travel itinerary [...]

    23. I am usually all about the feelings, but I strangely enjoyed this novel about planes, the Middle East, Asia, attitudes to race and marriage just after WWII. Tom Cutter is a practical, dispassionate sort of fellow who loves planes, and after the war and a disappointment in love (much more tragic than that makes it sound, but he was very cool about it), he ends up running a charter business in the Middle East. One of his old friends, a Eurasian man, comes to be his ground engineer, and ends up a r [...]

    24. Nevil Shute himself thought Round the Bend was his best novel. The messiah-figure of this story is Shak Lin, a Western-educated Malayan aircraft mechanic, who begins life as a Bristish boy named Connie Shaklin. His message is the moral imperative of good maintenance of the machines upon which others’ lives depend:we are not like that, we engineers. We are men of understanding and of education, on whom is laid responsibility that men may travel in these aeroplanes as safely as if they were sitt [...]

    25. I'm going to give this five stars because I loved it. It's not a great book, and most people won't see the appeal at all, but it had so much in that just spoke to me.I got this after hearing that it was the inspiration for Illusions, my favorite book ever. I can sort of see why people say that, but I don't see it that way. Round the Bend is about religion and airplanes, yes, but it's also about entrepreneurship, colonialism, guilt, and most of all, it's about how we're all basically human beings [...]

    26. This is my least favorite of Shute's book so far, and the fifth I've read.The plot was slow going and the ending was severely disappointing to me. Would have given the book 4 stars if Shute hadn't blown the ending so badly. I won't spoil it for you, but will just say that I needed things to work out better for the main character, Tom, in order to have the novel be satisfying and for the story to have any meaning to me.Good points: well-written, and SO interesting to read about the Persian Gulf i [...]

    27. Another wonderful novel by Nevil Shute. From a humble beginning when he is 14 years old working as a clown in an aerial circus, Tom Cutter soon learns everything about maintaining the airplanes and eventually to fly them. During World War II he finds himself working as a civilian in Egypt helping keep all the British airplanes flying.Following the war he has saved enough to buy a small Fox-Moth airplane. After this purchase and with his recently acquired knowledge of "the East," Tom begins a car [...]

    28. Very enjoyable in many ways, but not close to the extremely high standards of A Town Called Alice or On the Beach, both of which were amazing. On the Beach especially will probably stay with me forever, and I read it 25 years ago. Despite its shortcomings, Round the Bend, once again underlines an impression that Shute is underrated in the world of literature, since even on his worst day, he's a competent writer.Round the Bend is the least engaging of his novels that I've read so far. The protago [...]

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