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A Town Like Alice
by Nevil Shute

Published: 2013-01-22
Kindle Edition : 301 pages
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Nevil Shute’s most beloved novel, a tale of love and war, follows its enterprising heroine from the Malayan jungle during World War II to the rugged Australian outback.

Jean Paget, a young Englishwoman living in Malaya, is captured by the invading Japanese and forced on a brutal ...
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Nevil Shute’s most beloved novel, a tale of love and war, follows its enterprising heroine from the Malayan jungle during World War II to the rugged Australian outback.

Jean Paget, a young Englishwoman living in Malaya, is captured by the invading Japanese and forced on a brutal seven-month death march with dozens of other women and children. A few years after the war, Jean is back in England, the nightmare behind her. However, an unexpected inheritance inspires her to return to Malaya to give something back to the villagers who saved her life. Jean travels leads her to a desolate Australian outpost called Willstown, where she finds a challenge that will draw on all the resourcefulness and spirit that carried her through her war-time ordeals.

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What was your favorite part of the book?
What were Noel's feelings for Jean? Did you like the ending?
What do you think about the women's nursing of the Japanese soldier and what do you think about the statement that NOT being in a prisoner camp was worse than being in one?
by smulcon (see profile) 06/26/09

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by swachowski (see profile) 11/22/17

 
  "A town like Alice"by bboulo (see profile) 04/11/16

I'm amazed I never read this timeless book before. It's a classic and shock it's not on more must read book list. It's amazing story of the strength of women surviving against all odds. And love found... (read more)

 
  "A Town Like Alice"by mpete427 (see profile) 04/11/16

 
  "My Favorite Book of all time!"by karenm123 (see profile) 08/30/11

LOVE this book, and all of Nevil Shute's books.

 
  "An oldie but goodie"by homeisbest (see profile) 08/18/11

 
  " I still think about it after I read it 8 years ago"by kbovidio (see profile) 08/08/10

What a memorable book. One of my favorites.

 
  "You will want to read this more than once"by dborda (see profile) 03/23/10

A wonderful story of an unlikely romance set in World War II and post-war Australia.

 
  "One of my all-time favorites"by smulcon (see profile) 06/26/09

This book is really two in one - a romantic Asian theatre war novel and a novel of economic industriousness in the Outback. The first part of the book was the club's favorite but nearly everyone liked... (read more)

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