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Pied Piper Paperback – Jul 2002

4.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus Ltd; New edition edition (July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842322788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842322789
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 327 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,973,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Mr Shute not only writes vividly and excitingly of occupied France, but with a delightful understanding of children"

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Born in 1899, Nevil Shute worked as an engineer before founding his own aircraft company in 1931. During the Second World War he served in the navy, doing secret work for the admiralty and finding time to write several novels. He made his home in Australia, remaining there with his family until his death in 1960. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Nevil Shute is to me a classic author!
His story telling is like a visit. An easy read and absolutely holds ones interest until and beyond then end of the story.
I have read his books years ago, but recently have started once again to enjoy them.
The are not smutty or vulgar and he is able to make them work without those components, which is refreshing.
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In college I went to a used book store to buy Shute's "On the Beach". They didn't have it, so I bought "Pied Piper" as a consolation. I've read it three times since. Tremendous novel. An aeronautical engineer by training, Shute was a gifted storyteller and writer. Piper is well paced, has many stories within the story of bringing the children back to England - a man coping with old age, feelings of uselessness, the loss of a son; the formation of a deep friendship with the woman his son left behind, and so forth. Shute hits on the timeless themes of courage, fortitude, self-sacrifice, forgiveness etc. without ever coming close to being maudlin. There are no unnecessary speeches from men standing on a hilltop talking about "what it's all for". As John Howard says, while in custody, to the German officer who tells him he must be a very brave man, "No, not a brave man. Just a very old one."
For the record, I think it was made into a movie twice. Once with Monty Wooley playing Howard and then again for television - mid eighties, perhaps - with Peter O'Toole playing the role. Still, as the story is so marvelous, it should be done again for the big screen. Considering Anthony Hopkins's performance in "The Remains of the Day" (which was superior to the entertaining but far less nuanced Hannibal Lecter), I think he would be perfect to play Howard, putting the perfect cap on his career.
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Nevil Shute wrote stories about regular people thrown into extraordinary circumstances. He doesn't seem to attract much attention in college literature classes, perhaps because he writes about ordinary people. It's a shame because every book of Shute's is a great read. His characters will remain with you long after you've read the book. This tale of a grieving father who became a true hero is one of his best.
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Format: Hardcover
I have long known of Neville Shute from his ON THE BEACH and TOWN LIKE ALICE books and movies. In the last two years I have read most of his other ~20 books - very hard to find. I am considering republishing some of them in my small press. The PIED PIPER is a great WWII story, far out of the ordinary, concerning an elderly gentleman, caught in Southern France at the outbreak of the war. By the time his adventures are through he has a dozen children that he is taking to England, including an SS officer's son. Riveting! (Recently published in paperback in Europe). I'd be interested in corresponding with any fans of Shute's. ...... TOM REED
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Format: Hardcover
"The Pied Piper" is a gripping and human story of evacuation of lost children during WW II. I am surprised that Amazon.com does not have more Neville Shut books. There are a number in print in Europe. He is of course famous for "On the Beach" (book and movie) and "Town Like Alice" (book and TV Movie). These books led me to Pied Piper and many other Neville Shute Norway books in the last few years. I believe they would sell very well today. If no one else re-publishes them, I will when I get a chance. Other NS fans please let me hear your opinions, Yours truly, Thomas B. Reed
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Format: Hardcover
G'day - Pied Piper, or any other book written by Neville Shue would make it into my top 10! Neville Shute would have to be one of the most influential Australian writers during the fourties and fifties. Works such as "On The Beach", a great story of the end of the world which was later made in a Hollywood film starring Ava Gardiner. Pied Piper, Trustee From The Tool Room, In The Wet, A Town Like Alice, Marazan, So Distained, Requiem For A WREN and Beyond The Black Stump are but some examples of Shute's superior and refreshingly simple story telling technique - Cheers, Dave Aikman
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Format: Hardcover
Neville Shute is a master of flashback. Who would think that this old man - who didn't even speak French -was capable of herding a dozen children out of wartime Europe? The author draws the reader into his story slowly, making this near-implausible adventure all the more believable by its every-day storytelling. The only recent novelist who comes close to this unique style is Mark Halprin, in his "Soldier of the Great War". Reading Shute reminded me of the paucity of really great story tellers among popular novelists.
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By A Customer on Feb. 14 1998
Format: Hardcover
I rate this as one of his lesser books, Trustee From The Toolroom, Stephen Morris, and Round The Bend are far better. I have searched for "Sliderule" his autobiography and cannot find it.
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